The NYT Finds Faith?

I was going to write a lengthy dissertation on the place of faith in science, but to paraphrase, Nixon (place victory fingers in the air) that would be boring.

Instead, I’ll just note how amused I was to find this admission by Paul Davies in the New York Times:

Clearly, then, both religion and science are founded on faith — namely, on belief in the existence of something outside the universe, like an unexplained God or an unexplained set of physical laws, maybe even a huge ensemble of unseen universes, too. For that reason, both monotheistic religion and orthodox science fail to provide a complete account of physical existence.

How so? Why, in the context of cosmology and multi-verses and anthropic universes. Seems the very idea of a really, really large space makes even stone-cold physicists see God (or, at least something bigger than themselves).

But not all. From fellow Villanovan, Sean Carroll at Cosmic Variance:

I post about this only with some reluctance, as I fear the resulting conversation is very likely to lower the average wisdom of the human race. Davies manages to hit a number of hot buttons right up front — claiming that both science and religion rely on faith (I don’t think there is any useful definition of the word “faith” in which that is true), and mentioning in passing something vague about the multiverse. All of which obscures what I think is his real point, which only pokes through clearly at the end — a claim to the effect that the laws of nature themselves require an explanation, and that explanation can’t come from the outside.

Personally I find this claim either vacuous or incorrect.

Sigh. Same world, different planet. Or universe, or something.

Isn’t Sean saying that physics should stick to figuring out how things move? I agree with that. So why does it keep butting in on areas in which its not competent?

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