Download e-book for kindle: Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think by Elaine Howard Ecklund

By Elaine Howard Ecklund

ISBN-10: 0199975000

ISBN-13: 9780199975006

That the longstanding antagonism among technological know-how and faith is irreconcilable has been taken with no consideration. And within the wake of contemporary controversies over educating clever layout and the ethics of stem-cell learn, the divide turns out as unbridgeable as ever.In technological know-how vs. faith, Elaine Howard Ecklund investigates this unexamined assumption within the first systematic learn of what scientists really imagine and believe approximately faith. during her learn, Ecklund surveyed approximately 1,700 scientists and interviewed 275 of them. She reveals that almost all of what we think concerning the religion lives of elite scientists is inaccurate. approximately 50 percentage of them are non secular. Many others are what she calls "spiritual entrepreneurs," looking artistic how one can paintings with the tensions among technological know-how and religion open air the limitations of conventional faith. The publication facilities round shiny pix of 10 consultant women and men operating within the typical and social sciences at best American learn universities. Ecklund's respondents run the gamut from Margaret, a chemist who teaches a Sunday-school classification, to Arik, a physicist who selected to not think in God good ahead of he determined to develop into a scientist. just a small minority are actively adversarial to faith. Ecklund unearths how scientists-believers and skeptics alike-are suffering to have interaction the expanding variety of spiritual scholars of their school rooms and argues that many scientists are trying to find "boundary pioneers" to go the wood traces isolating technology and faith. With wide implications for schooling, technological know-how investment, and the thorny moral questions surrounding stem-cell study, cloning, and different state of the art medical endeavors, technological know-how vs. faith brings a welcome dose of truth to the technological know-how and faith debates.

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That the longstanding antagonism among technology and faith is irreconcilable has been taken with no consideration. And within the wake of contemporary controversies over instructing clever layout and the ethics of stem-cell study, the divide turns out as unbridgeable as ever. In technology vs. faith, Elaine Howard Ecklund investigates this unexamined assumption within the first systematic learn of what scientists really imagine and suppose approximately faith.

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A FA I T H AT O D D S W I T H T H E FA I T H C O M M U N I T Y: “ D O E S T H I S G R I L L E D C H E E S E S A N DW I C H R E A L LY LO O K L I K E J E S U S ? ” Like many people, religious scientists sometimes create boundaries between themselves and those in their labs and departments who are not people of faith. The boundaries can manifest in various ways and might indicate differences in beliefs, priorities, or what is considered acceptable behavior. They also create boundaries between themselves and the nonscientists who are part of their own faith traditions.

They replicate one another’s experiments, thus ensuring the objectivity of the collective rather than the subjectivity of the individual. For the Mertonian normative structure to work, a sense of organized skepticism is required, a choice agreed to by all scientists not to believe in a theory until suitable evidence has been presented to support it. Another important aspect of the Mertonian structure is the concept of disinterest (or nonattachment). If a scientist, for instance, has a personal stake in his or her discovery, its veracity is automatically suspect.

So I never really had any exposure to religion. The experiences of this political scientist were typical of some of the other scientists who did not have faith. They were raised as atheists or without religion. 25 26 Crossing the Picket Lines: The Personal Faith of Scientists Possibly their parents had gone through a struggle of leaving the faith of their own families. Such scientists are part of a group that is rare in the rest of the American population: the second-generation atheist or nonreligious person.

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