At 11:29 AM 2/9/99 -0500, Reed Konsler wrote:
>A scientist has faith that the universe is knowable in some meaningful
>sense. Someone who doesn't care is a nihlist...perhaps even a suicide.
>Scientists are not apathetic about knowledge, just the opposite.
True, scientists do have that sort of faith. But as you point out, *everyone* does, be they scientists or not. Even someone who considers themselves "anti-science" believes that the world today will operate pretty much how the world yesterday operated, that eating bread today will ease their hunger just as eating bread yesterday did.
So, I think that equating scientific and religious faith is a bit of a red herring. The faith that a scientist has is, at some level, shared by the most religious of people; at least, those of them that choose to stay in this world.
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