Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Quote of the Day: "Clearly a Scientific Hypothesis"

The other day I asked, "can positing the existence of a Creator be a legitimate scientific hypothesis?"

"The presence of a creative deity in the universe is clearly a scientific hypothesis. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a more momentous hypothesis in all of science." -- Richard Dawkins.

Now, the question is, is this guy Richard Dawkins, considered a reputable scientist by the darwinian community, or will they circle the wagons and shun him?


P@J said...

How about the rest ofthe quote:

"...A universe with a god would be a completely different kind of universe from one without, and it would be a scientific difference. God could clinch the matter in his favour at any moment by staging a spectacular demonstration of his powers, one that would satisfy the exacting standards of science. Even the infamous Templeton Foundation recognized that God is a scientific hypothesis — by funding double-blind trials to test whether remote prayer would speed the recovery of heart patients. It didn't, of course, although a control group who knew they had been prayed for tended to get worse (how about a class action suit against the Templeton Foundation?) Despite such well-financed efforts, no evidence for God's existence has yet appeared."

RkBall said...

Good one!

RkBall said...

Good one!

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"