Monday, July 26, 2010

The Late Birth of a Flat Earth

From Stephen Jay Gould (PDF).


  1. "As thinking beings, we are internally compelled to ponder the great issues of human origins and our relationship with the earth and other creatures; we have no other option but ignorance. If science once had no clue about these subjects, then they fell, albeit uncomfortably and inappropriately, into the domain of religion by de fault. No one gives up turf voluntarily, and the later expansion of science into rightful territory temporarily occupied by religion did evoke some lively skirmishes and portentous battles."

    So this is like a 'Theology of the Gaps' theory? We go as far with science and everything else falls into religious categories by default until scientific progress yields an answer?

  2. That's not the point of the essay. Try again.

  3. Obviously; hence the selective quoting.

  4. In case you hadn't noticed, the essay was written by an atheist, not a Christian.

  5. *facepalm*

    Yes, thank you, I had noticed.

    I don't want to detract from whatever it is you were trying to do, so nevermind.