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Lecture06 - Rethinking Modern Technology Ł ) ‰*“ * 0t...

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Unformatted text preview: Rethinking Modern Technology Ł ) ‰*“ * 0t “ Lau Chong­Fuk 2008­09 First Term Lecture 6 Why do we believe in Science? Why do we believe in Science? ► How does science differ from superstition ( 0 �t ► Do you believe in prophecy ( 0� (0 t not? ► Some scientific knowledge is quite counter­intuitive (e.g. atomic theory, and even worse, relativity theory and quantum mechanics). ► Why is it reasonable to believe in science? t ), astrology ), or Feng­shui ( 0 � t )? Why? Or, why )? What do you believe? What do you believe? 4 true 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 3 2 1 0 false probably neither probable probably true or improbable false People can read other’s minds. People can see into the future. People can move external objects solely with the power of their minds. Alien spacecraft have landed on Earth. People have been abducted by aliens from other planets ( 0� t� �‰ ). People have been possessed by demons ( 0� t 0 ). ). What do you believe? What do you believe? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. In addition to physical bodies, people have nonphysical souls ( 0� t ). People can project their souls out of their physical bodies ( 0� � �‰ ). t After the physical body dies, a person can reincarnate in another physical body ( 0� t� �‰). People can talk to the spirits of the dead ( 0� t ). The positions of the sun, stars, and planets at birth can affect a person’s body, character, and destiny ( 0 � t 0� t ). Time travel is possible. Results Results ► Range ► 40­48 ► 30­39 ► 20­29 ► 10­19 ► 0­9 No. of students 0 1 12 6 2 Young Earth Creationism A Case Study Pro: http://www.answersingenesis.org Contra: http://www.talkorigins.org Gallup Poll Gallup Poll ► May 8­11, 2008 (N=1017 adults, USA) “Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings? (1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process. (2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process. (3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.” Results Results Yr. Evolution Evolution Guided By Without God God Creation Other/ in Present Unsure Form 0 8 0 4 9 9 9 3 8 36 38 40 35 38 14 13 9 11 9 44 45 47 47 44 5 4 4 7 9 Science (11/8/2006) Biblical Literalism vs. Science Biblical Literalism vs. Science ► The universe was created within 10,000 years. ► The earth was created within 10,000 years. James Ussher (1581­1656): Creation began at nightfall preceding Sunday October 23, 4004 BC! Humans were created a few hours after Dinosaurs. Methuselah lived 969 years. Noah’s Ark and the Global Flood Joshua’s Long Day and Jonah’s Three Days in the Belly of a Fish ► Philip Gosse (1810­88): Omphalos Hypothesis ...
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This note was uploaded on 10/15/2009 for the course GES 2110 taught by Professor Lauchong-fuk during the Spring '08 term at CUHK.

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