Dec 24: Science and Religion with Prof. Gordon Drake

Listen to the entire program here:

(Apologies as the program recording starts into my opening remarks which are below):

Good afternoon and welcome to the ShakeUp on CJAM 99.1 redefining radio in Windsor and Detroit! It’s Christmas Eve today and this is a pre-recorded segment, and I am talking to Professor Gordon Drake, professor of physics here at UWindsor and also Principal of Canterbury College. Because it’s Christmas time, I thought we could step back and ponder for a bit our place in the universe and have a discussion on science and religion. As well, we’ll talk about what cutting edge physics might mean for the future of humankind, and if further understanding of our place in the cosmos can help us better figure out how to live in the here and now on our own little piece of galactic real estate.

This topic is, of course, vast and complex, and there is much to read and learn about. After the interview I began reading The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism, by Karen Armstrong.

Early in the book she writes that “…people of the past … evolved two ways of thinking, speaking, and acquiring knowledge, which scholars have called mythos and logos. Both were essential; they were regarded as complementary ways of arriving at truth, and each had its special area of competence” (p. xv).  According to Armstrong, “…mythos… provided people with a context that made sense of their day-to-day lives; it directed their attention to the eternal and universal” (xv).

The struggle between science (logos) and religion (mythos) need not be a violent and desperate battle with no end in sight. It seems what is required is acceptance that finding a balance between the two will  allow us to discover our true nature as humans.


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