A really good article (finally) in the NYTimes about religion ... by Dennis Overbye. It’s about the most recent book by Carl Sagan: [i:8bece4e45b]Varieties of Scientific Experience[/i:8bece4e45b].
[b:8bece4e45b]A Familiar and Prescient Voice, Brought to Life[/b:8bece4e45b]. (May require login or be paid after awhile).
[quote:8bece4e45b=“NYTimes”]Now, however, Dr. Sagan has rejoined the cosmic debate from the grave. The occasion is the publication last month of ¤The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for GodË (Penguin). The book is based on a series of lectures exploring the boundary between science and religion that Dr. Sagan gave in Glasgow in 1985, and it was edited by Ann Druyan, his widow and collaborator.
¤I would suggest that science is, at least in part, informed worship,Ë he writes at the beginning of a discussion that includes the history of cosmology, a travel guide to the solar system, the reason there are hallucinogen receptors in the brain, and the meaning of the potential discovery █ or lack thereof █ of extraterrestrial intelligence.
In the wake of Sept. 11 and the attacks on the teaching of evolution in this country, she said, a tacit truce between science and religion that has existed since the time of Galileo started breaking down. ¤A lot of scientists were mad as hell, and they weren╠t going to take it anymore,Ë Ms. Druyan said over lunch recently.
Some of the books that resulted, such as Richard Dawkins╠s ¤The God Delusion,Ë have been criticized as shrill, but Ms. Druyan said: ¤People like Carl and Dawkins are more serious about God than people who just go through the motions. They are real seekers.Ë[/quote:8bece4e45b]