Mr. Ghost In The Clouds

Wirkuswhazz has a good point in comments, which I felt I had to respond to.

[November 4, 2004 01:28 PM] by wirkus

“Four more years of scientific decisions being made by people who believe in a ghost in the clouds.” Einstein believed in god. How do you take that?

It’s one thing to say that there is a supreme being beyond our ken while admitting that physics exist, and can be measured. Einstein believed in the scientific method, he believed in mathematics, and he believed that while Newton’s Laws of Physics held for almost all everyday occurances between two bodies that they broke down under extreme circumstances. It’s anathema to a scientist to ban science or ignore repeatable, testable results altogether because it makes Jesus cry. Though I am not religious and have contempt for it, I believe that non-fundamental religious conviction and scientific theory can easily co-exist in many scientific disciplines (perhaps save for evolutionary theory and such).

I see your point of turning the quote I posted on its head. To be true to myself here, I must apologize for posting something that generalized and unfair to a lot of Americans. However, the scientific community, including 48 Nobel laureates, DID rise up and denounce the use of scientific evidence by the Bush Administration. Yet another one of things about this presidency that annoys me is that intellectualism is frowned upon or dismissed altogether. It’s as if Jesus provided all the progress from the Dark Ages until today, not the discovery of electromagnetic fields and atomic principles. Those eggheads in their ivory towers and their jesus-hating can burn in hell! Fuck global warming, Clymer, we gotta get those fags to stop marrying each other!

— e=mc^(whazz)

7 thoughts on “Mr. Ghost In The Clouds

  1. This was my favorite part: “The self-righteous, gun-totin’, military lovin’, sister marryin’, abortion-hatin’, gay-loathin’, foreigner-despisin’, non-passport ownin’ red-necks, who believe God gave America the biggest dick in the world so it could urinate on the rest of us and make their land “free and strong”.”

  2. Einstein was an Atheist, but the press and the church wanted people to believe that he was a man of faith, and they succeeded.

    His comments on god said in public are quite different from his personal writings. One such example:

    “From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist…. I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our being.”

  3. Really all I wanted to point out was that hating folks for religious belief rubs me a bit wrong even though I have little to none myself. In other news, the nutcase at the grocery store asked me if I wanted to add lip balm to my purchase. She’s collecting it to send to our troops. Of course I said yes and I smile thinking of some poor soilder, lips scraming for palm, finally having relief.

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