Thursday, December 28, 2006

The God of Antimatter - an audio lecture by G. Gabrielse from the Faraday Institute

Quotes and comments;

- G. begins by telling us that "while it might be alright for preachers to be somewhat arrogant, but physicists must be humble."
- Apparently he forgets this remark as shortly after this he mocks not only the idea of young earth creation, but Intelligent Design. That sounds pretty arrogant to me.... but I guess it's not... since he said it, and he assures us he's a poor, humble physicist.
- he tells us it's a fearful thing to talk about god.... (but apparently it's not fearful to create antimatter.)
- this humble fellow refers to god's moral law in terms like; directions, warnings, etc. (Who knew? I guess being a physicist gives one special insight into these matters; and allows one to point out the error of people who imagine these to be commands. Most people don't understand that there's a built in randomness in morality.)
- G. tells us there are some things in the bible he doesn't understand (I nearly drove in the ditch) and that he even finds the death of jesus for his sins somewhat distasteful. Only a truly humble person could say that... you'd have to admit. Non-humble persons don't find it distasteful, they find it necessary. (Imagine the vanity of such a view.)
- G. tells us "that if the arguments for god were persuasive we'd all be christian's by now." This view (so sadly common in liberal theology) denies the fallenness of man; denies man's desire to be free of god and acquire autonomy.
- this humble fellow (and it's so hard to be humble when you win prizes in science, but this guy has managed to do it) tells us 'most people completely miss the point of the creation story." This may Sound arrogant; but it's not, because G. began his lecture by telling us how humble he is. Yes; he's mocked fundamentalists, creationists, the president, orthodox theology, etc. but only because he knows the truth about all these things, and is simply pointing out the gross errors in the thinking of others.
- because G. is such a humble fellow he knows which parts of the bible are true, and which parts can be mocked for being stupid. It's a wonderful talent, that most of us don't have.
- G. tells us it's unnecessary to know god to understand the universe. Gee; who knew this. It's amazing what you can learn at harvard. (And it costs so little; considering this information is priceless.)
- of course being from harvard he fears 'rabid, religious fundametnalism.' For those of you who don't know what that means (or where to find it in the gospels) it means people who actually believe what jesus and the apostles said.
- this fellow is so humble he constantly compares his home country of the u.s. unfavorably to england. Now that's humble; one might almost say very british. (Apparently he knows nothing about England.)
- G. assures us science doesn't rule out religion (I assume he means christianity.) This is rather odd; since in his view there is no evidence for god. If there isn't on what basis would anyone believe it? Does he see jesus inside some atom he's created?
- Anyone who is willing to call fundamentalists evil, ignorant and dangerous has to be humble. No one is who isn't deeply humble would dare to say such thing. Right?
- G. tells us he believes in a "god who's beyond the reach of science..." (I assume this means a god who doesn't provide people with any evidence of his existence; a kind of trickster god I suppose. Well I guess you have to do somethng to entertain yourself during the billions of years when nothing was happening.)
- the english audience was humble enough to applaud vigorously after the lecture :-)


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