24 November 2006
"Could we, through training and practice, emancipate ourselves from the middle world and achieve an intuitive understanding, not just a mathematical one, of the very small and very large?"
- Richard Dawkins in a presentation at McGill University.
"Dawkins holds that the existence or non-existence of God is a scientific hypothesis which is open to rational demonstration. Christianity teaches that to claim that there is a God must be reasonable, but that this is not at all the same thing as faith. Believing in God, whatever Dawkins might think, is not like concluding that aliens or the tooth fairy exist. God is not a celestial super-object or divine UFO, about whose existence we must remain agnostic until all the evidence is in. Theologians do not believe that he is either inside or outside the universe, as Dawkins thinks they do. His transcendence and invisibility are part of what he is, which is not the case with the Loch Ness monster. This is not to say that religious people believe in a black hole, because they also consider that God has revealed himself: not, as Dawkins thinks, in the guise of a cosmic manufacturer even smarter than Dawkins himself (the New Testament has next to nothing to say about God as Creator), but for Christians at least, in the form of a reviled and murdered political criminal. The Jews of the so-called Old Testament had faith in God, but this does not mean that after debating the matter at a number of international conferences they decided to endorse the scientific hypothesis that there existed a supreme architect of the universe – even though, as Genesis reveals, they were of this opinion. They had faith in God in the sense that I have faith in you. They may well have been mistaken in their view; but they were not mistaken because their scientific hypothesis was unsound."
- Terry Eagleton "Lunging, Flailing, Mispunching" - a review of 'The God Delusion' a book by Richard Dawkins, first published in the London Review of Books.
22 November 2006
15 November 2006
'Relationships that a human being finds in his environment are also relationships between any two objects. There are standards, suitabilities, modular systems, complex systems and last not least the relationships between products and systems. Such relationships become visible when two objects are placed in a room to form special interdependencies. these interdependencies do not have to be functional at all, but may be purely formal, e.g. when different pieces of furniture are placed in the same room their relationship is formal. this phenomenon is also found in urban development.'
- Hans Gugelot