Thursday, October 22, 2009

“I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science."
Wernher von Braun


Hugo said...

I do not find it difficult to "comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science":

When someone decides that his religious beliefs are above anything else, it makes sense to deny any scientific advancement that do not fit the religious beliefs... I find it irrational but it's not hard to comprehend... sir Wernher von Braun is kind of weird...

I also disagree with him on the other part but it's trickier. We cannot completely reject the notion of a "superior rationality behind the existence of the universe", no one can, but when we talk about rationality, we talk about a human-like trait, we talk about the consequence of having a mind, being conscious, being able to think and rationalize.

From what we know about our real existence here on Earth, our consciousness depends on the existence of our physical bodies. When the brain stops working, we consider a person to be dead, end of story.

Therefore, I don't see any reason to give another definition for consciousness. It's not impossible but it would be completely different. Until someone can give an appropriate definition on how such a mind could exist, I don't see any reason to consider it probable.

Thus a superior rationality makes no sense from a scientific point of view, which is the point of view I utilize to acquire useful and reliable knowledge. I do acquire other kind of knowledge from other sources/techniques, but that's another story!

Gorth Satana said...

Ah, Wernher von Braun!
An interesting man. Was a Nazi who used slaves (which he hand-picked!) who surrendered to the Americans (USA) and then had a great career in science. (under Operation Paperclip)
He was very clever. Designed rockets.

Makarios said...

He was very clever. Designed rockets."

Yes, it's actually the Germans who beat the Russians in the atomic bomb race. Thankfully? they were living in the U.S. at the time.