Beyond Belief 2006
In the comments to another post on Beyond Belief 2006 Bruce points to a segment in Session 4 where Ann Druyan responds to Darren Schreiber one of the few 'scientists of faith' in the audience. The clip begins with Darren's 'testimony' followed by Ann. I agree with Bruce's description of Ann's words "as one of the most poetic descriptions of the majesty of scientific discovery that I have ever heard." Ann is the coauthor of The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God a bit of Carl Sagan from beyond the grave, a review from Scientific American explains that this is an edited version of his 1985 Gifford Lectures in which Sagan, asks why, if God created the universe, he left the evidence so scant. He might have embedded Maxwell’s equations in Egyptian hieroglyphs. The Ten Commandments might have been engraved on the moon. "Or why not a hundred- kilometer crucifix in Earth orbit?… Why should God be so clear in the Bible and so obscure in the world?" He laments what he calls a "retreat from Copernicus," a loss of nerve, an emotional regression to the idea that humanity must occupy center stage.
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