Here’s a fascinating and really totally different pair of scientific, non secular, and philosophical conversations, each with UC San Diego cosmologist Brian Keating. In a single, he talks with Rice College chemist James Tour. Within the different, with cosmologist Lawrence Krauss. All three are, by household background, Jewish. However Tour embraced Christianity at age 18 after a private revelatory expertise, and Krauss gave up on Jewish research at age 12. Keating, as he recounts within the podcast with Krauss, has gone by durations as a Catholic, an atheist, and eventually, as an grownup, an observant Jew.
All three are sensible scientists however the distinction of their journeys and convictions is exceptional. Krauss has retained a non secular outlook appropriate to a 12-year-old, dismissing all religions as not more than fairy tales. Keating is tough to pin down. Generally he appears to determine as an agnostic. At different occasions he sounds rather a lot like a believer, not so totally different from Jim Tour. Certainly, Krauss scores some extent, in a humorous means, teasing Dr. Keating for “proselytizing” when Keating had simply acquired by saying that Judaism rejects such exercise.
Dr. Tour, with humility, observes that Keating is “talking philosophically,” whereas Tour says of himself that he’s “rather a lot less complicated in my religion and in my understanding than many different folks.” That’s fairly candid. Keating’s attention-grabbing reply is that traditionally, physicists have been known as “pure philosophers,” that means, I take it, that science has its roots in philosophy and so why shouldn’t they philosophize?
Keating and Tour, each sympathetic to the design inference, are usually not proponents of ID. As for Krauss, he’s the guy who was reverse Stephen Meyer onstage in Toronto within the debate that memorably frames the narrative of Dr. Meyer’s Return of the God Speculation. Krauss could be fairly abrasive, so it’s good to see him having pleasant discussions outdoors his New Atheist framework.
Congratulations to Professor Keating for in search of out such attention-grabbing and numerous firm. Take a look at his podcast, Into the Not possible, which is all the time stimulating.