NOMA is mistaken

April 22, 2010

Science and religion are not Non Overlapping Magisteria

See Vic Stenger’s very visual riposte to NOMA:-

http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger/Super.pdf

Oh yes, here’s Gould’s description of NOMA:-

NOMA is a simple, humane, rational,
and altogether conventional argument
for mutual respect, based on nonoverlapping
subject matter, between two
components of wisdom in a full human
life: our drive to understand the factual
character of nature (the magisterium of
science) and our need to define meaning
in our lives and a moral basis for our
actions (the magisterium of religion).

Which basically comes down to a naive plea, “Let’s all be nice to each other.”
And what a horrible notion: leaving morality to religion!

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