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Posted - 03/19/2009 :  09:44:33  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I ran across a talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson while looking at other stuff on Youtube. I direct you to it partly because I have tried to explain to people like my brother (a woo) how science (along with such things as music and art) fills a need in me that is akin to what we sometimes described as a spiritual experience.

That is not to say that it is a religious experience, but only to say that there may be a part of my nature (and perhaps everyone?) that longs to be fulfilled, and sometimes is, in a most profound way that goes well beyond the collection of knowledge.

At one time religion was the only accessible game in town to get to that "feeling" for most people.

What I am thinking is that it is the same mechanism in all of us that compels us to embrace either religion or science or sometimes both.

Anyhow, like I said, I came across this:

Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Best Sermon Ever!

Food for thought...

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project


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Posted - 03/19/2009 :  20:24:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I loved that, and passed it to my own brother, for the same reason. Tyson remains a great speaker. His genuine enthusiasm is contagious.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
Edited by - HalfMooner on 03/19/2009 20:25:31
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