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50 Renowned Academics Speak About God -Part 2

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Are you a religious person? Absolutely not Can you say more about that? You can say all sorts of things about that and offend people maybe. But the fact is that I am not religious and I don't like religion and I believe that religion is to blame for all the ills in this world. This is such an important issue, because we would all like to believe that there is a meaningful world beyond our own capacity to inject meaning into it we'd like to suppose that life goes on after our own death we would like to believe that the people that we most love will continue to exist and it's very hard to be told that all these wonderful people would all cease to exist all together Furthermore, another feature is we'd like there to be justice in the end since it's obvious that there is no justice here on earth we'd very much like there to be a divine justice which will come But the problem is, those are things that we'd like to believe and we really don't have evidence to suppose that they're true we ought to methodologically be suspicious to something that we very much want to believe something that would make us immensely satisfied which will make us happier if we could believe it. I think religion is here to stay because it does satisfy these needs but intellectually I don't think you can justify the arguments for God's existence are uniformly banned. Are you agnostic, are you an atheist or do you have any... do you want to have faith in the unknown or is Science your God? Yes, it is in a sense that I'm comfortable with the unknown. That's the point of Science. There are places out there, obviously, billions of places that we know nothing about. And the fact that we know nothing about them excites me. I want to go out and find out about them, and that is what science is.

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Duration: 17 minutes and 22 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 242
Posted by: skepturk on Sep 6, 2011

Jonathan Pararajasingham has pulled together a montage of 50 renowned academics, mostly all scientists, talking about their thoughts on the existence of God. The list includes includes 16 Nobel prize winners, and a bundle of recognizable names, including Richard Feynman, Steven Pinker, Oliver Sacks, Bertrand Russell, Stephen Hawking, and Leonard Susskind.

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