Sunday, January 16, 2005

Dawkins cites Sagan

In his keynote address at JREF's Amazing Meeting 3, Richard Dawkins cited a quote that I really liked from Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot: A Vision Of The Human Future In Space:
In some respects, science has far surpassed religion in delivering awe. How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant. God must be even greater than we dreamed.” Instead they say, “No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.” A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later such a religion will emerge.

This is the kind of stuff that attendees and presenters at this conference discuss. If you're like-minded or curious about the points-of-view of so-called free thinkers, delve into the links above.


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