The Purpose of Scientific Endeavor

The purpose of the scientific enterprise is to replace religious teachings with verifiable theories, and to pretend otherwise is self-delusion. "We're working on building up a complete picture of the universe, which, if we succeed, will be a complete understanding of the universe and everything that's in it," Richard Dawkins, a University of Oxford biologist, said in a preview copy of "Faith and Reason." He found it baffling that some of his colleagues struggle to keep God in the picture. "I don't understand why they waste their time going into this other stuff, which never has added anything to the storehouse of human wisdom, and I don't see that it ever will," he said.
Sreenivasarao Vepachedu, 07/08/98
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