Proposal for this resource
I like to invite others to participate in collaborative research on Albert Einstein. This may be a bit different from the teacher-student roles you find on other pages. The idea started way-back, but since I've been involved with Wikiversity I've picked up on some ideas that might make this work and not overwhelm us. One being a way to develop a consensus on collaborative research or rhetoric dialog. Another is to try to keep the exercises stated in a way that where it can be simplified to yes or no type propositions. Based on the consensus from the propositions, it will help us discover material, categorize it, or simply improve the resource more. I only provided just one exercise for now to get started. Please feel free to add your research to the dialog sections. As the dialog is updated, participates should also feel free to change their answers in the consensus section. Dzonatas 07:13, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
Why do people care so much about the religious views of famous scientists?
This is an honest question, in no way intended to deflect anyone from the other questions. Is there any reason to suspect that Einstein had a particularly deep insight into the relationship between science and religion? Did he publish more than one short paper on the topic? (The preceding unsigned comment was added by JWSchmidt (talk • contribs) 17:43, 6 September 2008)
- I did make a note his writings. See: Einstein 2006, p. 33-37: "Religion and Science"; p. 37-38 "The Religiousness of Science"; p. 38-39 "The Plight of Science" Dzonatas 16:58, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
I think the frequent conflict between religious and scientific thought is a big reason for that. Especially for interest in the beliefs of famous scientists that the average person has actually heard of. Einstein being one of the, if not the most recognized names. On that level it doesn't matter whether what they hear is legitimate or properly interpreted, simply that it is said to be the belief of a scientist. 188.8.131.52 09:51, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
Religion and Science are interdependant
I agree with both the statements that have been quoted here. Religion is not just a bunch of beliefs about life, afterlife, supernatural existence, etc. Religion is also religious practices. It is a set of rights and wrongs, dos and don'ts. Hence the need for science. Religious practices have developed over the centuries to fulfill one community requirement or the other. If they are not based on scientific findings, they would have to be based on personal beliefs, which by definition are biased. That would make the practices futile or even dangerous in a different time or place where they do not belong. Practices with a scientific basis however, can be analyzed and modified according to the need of the hour.