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Thread #150071   Message #3495704
Posted By: mayomick
27-Mar-13 - 06:59 PM
Thread Name: BS: Militant atheism has become a religion
Subject: RE: BS: Militant atheism has become a religion
My problem with some of the old atheists on this thread is their insistence on some sort of an ideal scientific mindset . Many of the qualities describing the supposed "dogmatic mindset" here are actually essential to the working scientist -rigidity certainly is. Sometimes a scientist has to be stubborn in the face of new ideas- remember there was that UK scientist last year who swore to eat his underpants if a CERN experiment disproved Einstein. Even faith to some degree : in the course of their work scientists have to be confident that they're not completely off the mark in their experiments ,after all .

The real problems for science aren't mediaeval mindsets, but present-day lack of resources. Science isn't geared towards looking to the Universe . Almost all scientists are busily engaged in trying to secure work in industries that have little or no interest in new ways of looking at anything other than ways of staying afloat. When industry has no need for scientists , state funding for the teaching of science in schools dries up.