So, quick question. Why are we so afraid of the ‘faith’ (note: no capital “F”)?
Personally, I take most, if not all, that I know about science ‘on faith’. I have neither the intellectual capital, nor the temporal capital to do otherwise.
I also believe that for ‘Science’ to have any serious effect in decision making processes like elections, that a great deal more people will need to take much of the Science (that has the highest probability of helping us make these decisions) ‘on faith’. What’s wrong with this? In all likelihood, the old ‘F’aith-based decision making gets replaced not by ‘S’cience, but but ‘f’aith in ‘S’cience.
I have a theory about Economics, that Economics are like the Oceans in that 90% of everything interesting happens at the edges, or within 100 miles of a coastline. I have a similar view of science and faith. That the real interesting parts are not in cosmology or in ‘dark robe only chambers’ (this would be the faith-based dark robes) but where the two rub shoulders.
So, let me ask a question about an area where they do. Political Democracy.
question 1) Is your belief in Free Speech ‘faith-based’ or ‘science-based’?
question 2) Is your belief in ‘Human Equality’ faith-based or science-based?
question 3) Is your belief that people should not be discriminated against based on race, religion, gender, nationality, creed, class, sexual orientation, or ethnicity faith-based or science-based?
question 4) Is your desire to avoid global warming, faith-based or science-based? (note: understanding that global warming is a scientific reality, are the effects that you want to avoid by avoiding global warming also science, or are they faith based?)
question 5) Is your belief in Morality faith-based or science-based’? What about principles like altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility?
One of the greatest fears that people can ever have is that we close the door on ‘faith’ and start re-opening questions like ‘non-discrimination based on race/gender/sexual orientation/ethnicity/etc/etc’ and decide that these ought not be decisions made ‘on faith’, but that we ought to be crunching a huge set of experiential data to decide who/what/where gets political preference.
Again, personally, I’m more than happy to say that I take more than a few things on ‘faith’. Note, I also reject ‘Faith’ based decision making, but who doesn’t. Every major Organized Religion in the World rejects ‘Faith’ based decision making when it is not their ‘Faith’ thats used to make the decision. Rather than attacking people about their own very personal Faith, I wonder if we couldn’t build more peaceful political census in the World by appealing to what everyone shares in common instead of attacking the little bit we all disagree on.