“What I would really like to control is not machines, but people,” -Stephen Hawking.
3 observations from Hawking’s speech in Pasadena
1. When we are a God to ourselves, there is no room for another to fill that space. Hawkings quote shows us the non-neutrality he actually holds in regards to morality. As we have seen time and time again more knowledge does not lead to better people. It is a tool that enables good and evil to produce acts at a greater efficiency. Wisdom is applying that knowledge properly. While there is a glut of Information at our fingertips, it is perhaps wisdom that we seem to be having a shortage of.
2. Science cant answer that what it never asks, thus it is not within its scope to prove or disprove God’s existence. When we look to science to answer all our questions and solve all our problems, we are in essence worshiping it. We are looking to it for that which it was never intended. Science can only ever answer the HOW of events, not the WHY in the truest sense. Despite this fact, people pursue certain scientific perspectives just as or more religiously as any traditional faith. The urgency to escape the idea of a God that will judge us one day for our actions acts as a motivator to seek for in science an alternative history which cuts God out.
3. Science and Religion are not at odds with each other. One describes the relatively ordinary while the other describes the supernatural. There is no inconsistency in believing both. As far as you go into science, you cannot account for many things that are foundational to life as we know it. Even Darwin admitted a supernatural event was necessary for life to begin and to be sustained on Earth. Attempting to find answers of WHY man acts the way he does in science are like going to a mechanic to find out why your mad at someone. Religion or faith is what explains mans condition, problem and solution not science. They are both needed.
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