Science and Religion (iii) A “Selfie” from a Past Life!
In this series of posts, I’m thinking about Thomas Kuhn’s model of scientific ‘paradigms’, with its ongoing alternation between reasonably stable ‘normal’ times and times of ‘crisis’, when what has been the ‘normal’ no longer works and ‘revolutionary transformations’ are required. I’m wondering if this could possibly be applied to religion. Over the last several…
Science and Religion (ii)
Following on from the previous post, let’s note that some people like to keep science and religion in separate boxes, even though both address the origin and nature of ‘ultimate reality’. The totality of what is ultimately real, for religion must include the material (hence the ‘creation’ stories in Genesis), and for science must include…
Science and Religion (i)
In 1962, Thomas Kuhn, a philosopher of science, published a book entitled, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”. In it, he challenged the idea that science progresses in a linear fashion by steadily accumulating data arising from ongoing observations, experiments, discoveries and inventions and, in this way, gets ever closer to a knowledge and understanding of…