Sunday, October 3, 2010

Stephen Jay Gould and NOMA

Stephen Jay Gould is famous for his concept of NOMA, stating that religion and science cover non-overlapping subjects. While this may sound appealing, the devil is in the details. To quote Gould:
The first commandment for all version of NOMA might be summarized by stating: "Thou shalt not mix the magestiria by claiming that God driectly ordains important events in the history of nature by special interference knowable only through revelation and not accessible to science."
In other words, science gets to impose metaphysical naturalim on all matters of fact, while religion gets dominion over only matters of feeling.

This is "separate but equal" of the Apartheid variety.

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