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15. "I urge you to persue that feeling".
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 11:47 AM
Jan 2012

Last edited Sun Jan 8, 2012, 12:30 PM - Edit history (1)

Those are the last seven words of the video. The encouragement to seek emotional involvement is no different from that offered by any clergyman in any house of worship anywhere. The practice of religion is just synchronized emotional involvement.

I dig that whole series. Quantum mechanics, string theory and all the rest are fascinating even though most of it just bounces off my forehead when I hear it. It makes sense in the broad strokes, but I have to take the nuts and bolts of it on faith. I simply don't have the time, equipment, training or inclination to reproduce the experiments. Those people with the white coats and Nobel prizes are, in a way, functioning as high priests or clergy for me. They offer me a window into the human experience that I would not get without their work.

Religious leaders do the same thing with our emotions. Or at least they're supposed to when they're not out making money, corrupting politics and molesting children. People have feelings that get into everything they do. If they didn't feel some sort of way about things like science and engineering they wouldn't do them. Religion was developed to help us understand why we do the things we do.

We've gotten pretty good at science since the enlightenment, but the practice of religion has either ossified or has been corrupted by wealth. It will have to be redesigned to be brought up to date with the world we live in.

Multiverse is an integral part of the Hindu worldview Vehl Jan 2012 #1
"...the gods are the dreams of men" EvolveOrConvolve Jan 2012 #2
I love his work Vehl Jan 2012 #3
Nice amplification of this discussion! Thanks! MarkCharles Jan 2012 #4
The Chaco canyon ruins are fascinating! Vehl Jan 2012 #17
I have a question. rug Jan 2012 #10
From what I see its different Vehl Jan 2012 #18
Thanks for a thorough response. rug Jan 2012 #19
you are welcome :) nt Vehl Jan 2012 #20
Very interesting, thanks tama Jan 2012 #23
You are welcome Vehl Jan 2012 #24
This book might interest you: tama Jan 2012 #25
I've read that book :) Vehl Jan 2012 #26
Thanks tama Jan 2012 #27
I'm not very big fan tama Jan 2012 #5
No,I think you missed about 150 years of physics, but what is ... MarkCharles Jan 2012 #6
I don't rely tama Jan 2012 #8
Perfectly said! GliderGuider Jan 2012 #11
Sure, tama Jan 2012 #12
Um, thanks ... I think... GliderGuider Jan 2012 #16
Theoretical physics tama Jan 2012 #21
Sorry you missed it, but the hypothesis of the Big Bang is now more than.. MarkCharles Jan 2012 #7
As you said tama Jan 2012 #9
I don't believe that the Big Bang was the begining of the Universe. Odin2005 Jan 2012 #13
Thanks tama Jan 2012 #14
"I urge you to persue that feeling". rrneck Jan 2012 #15
You make some tama Jan 2012 #22
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