More People Believe in Ghosts than Darwin.
. Today, I went to the Conference on World Affairs in Boulder. This particular talk was entitled 'More People Believe in Ghosts than Darwin'. I looked it up it's true: ghosts 45%, evolution 19%. (in the US). So the issue of faith vs science did come up. It was a very interesting talk with a panel of scientific authors talking. I can't possibly summarize a 1 1/2 hour talk that covered so much, but I will write down some of the ideas that got my attention (paraphrased):
"People will deny a lot of evidence if it keeps them in their social group... Making friends can be hard."
"More people believe that global warming is a hoax than belief in evolution."
"There has been an intentional and direct attempt to discredit global warming science and it's scientists personally." "If we are willing to deceive ourselves that global warming is not happening, what's next? The moon landing never happened?"
"The damage of not having a shared reality between scientifically oriented people and faith-oriented people is enormously damaging."
"Science is itself a belief system. There can be over-confidence in science to explain everything. Science in fact, often gets it wrong. Does coffee cause cancer this week? Wait till next week and it won't. Scientific facts can become dogma. Science is transparent and it does show it's mistakes. Scientism is the excessive belief in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques"
"Most people have never met an actual scientist."
"Belief is not the problem, but blind, uncritical belief is."
"How do you respectfully dialogue with someone who believes in pseudoscience?"
"Don't talk down to them. Talk about science not in a way that makes them wrong, but in a way that inspires and interests them. Instill awe and wonder in them. Respect their rights to have an opinion, even though it may differ from yours"
Just thought I'd offer this up to see if it inspires any thoughts.