Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

We are in an overlap period that I'd like to see end

Something I wrote elsewhere (the context matters little):

My view in these matters is impenetrable to the Pope. Aborted fetuses are gone, and there is no 'God'. To believe that there is a 'God' is to believe that primitive religions have been evolving towards a 'Truth', which is empirically contradicted: religions are dragged, kicking and screaming, by the progress of scientific and engineering knowledge. Also it seems to be non-empirical ideologies (the quasi-religion of Nazism being the most notable example) that cause the worst abuses of science and technology. It is much, much simpler and reassuring (because it is consistent with experience) to conclude that all religions are creations of pre-scientific humankind, and that we are in a transition period in which primitive systems of belief and scientific systems of belief overlap.

(I think that if this were sufficiently widely realized then humankind would enter a lasting period of unprecedented peace and prosperity.)

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