To describe the overwhelming life of a tropical forest just in terms of inert biochemistry and DNA didn't seem to give a very full picture of the world.
In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings.
Science at its best is an open-minded method of inquiry, not a belief system.
The sciences are being held back by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas, maintained by powerful taboos. I believe that the sciences will be regenerated when they are set free.
Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith. They think they know the truth.
The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature. Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels.
There's a certain kind of scepticism that can't bear uncertainty.
I think that the 'laws of nature' are also prone to evolve; I think they are more like habits than laws.
I went through the standard scientific atheist phase when I was about 14. I bought into that package deal of science equals atheism.
For more than 200 years, materialists have promised that science will eventually explain everything in terms of physics and chemistry. Believers are sustained by the faith that scientific discoveries will justify their beliefs.
Right now, any opinion anyone has about whether dogs can or cannot really tell when their owner is coming home by some unknown means... nobody knows. The weight of evi dence suggests they can.
I have been a scientist for more than 40 years, having studied at Cambridge and Harvard. I researched and taught at Cambridge University, was a research fellow of the Royal Society, and have more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals. I am strongly pro-science.
I learnt about plants from my father, who was a herbalist and an amateur microscopist.
Contemporary science is based on the philosophy of materialism, which claims that all reality is material or physical.
Most of nature is inherently chaotic. It's not rigidly determined in the old sense. It's not rigidly predictable.
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