Thursday, July 14, 2005

Quote of the Day: Science Vs. Religion

In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
-- Carl Sagan, 1987 CSICOP keynote address

4 comments:

Ben Avuyah said...

Great Quote,
If you ever have the chance, watch Sagan's Cosmos series, it's on DVD, and he chronicles some of the great moments of science.

Godol Hador said...

> I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.

It happens all the time in religion. Lesser rabbis are 'mevatel their daas' to bigger Rabbis. Of course the top dogs never admit they are mistaken.

DarkBlueHat said...

"Of course the top dogs never admit they are mistaken." But they do - all the time. Read the excellent book on Rav Yaakov Kamanetsky...

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call Carl Sagan an expert on religion or politics. Its an amazing thing how people, when it comes to politics or religion, are experts and know everything about it. If you read the bible does that mean you understand Judaism. If one reads the King James, or Vulagte Bibles I wouldn't call that understanding Judaism (both are not particularly accurate translations.)Either way if you read those does it mean you understand Christianity.