Secret Life Sound Off is a new series of posts in which we encourage you, our audience, to discuss the issues raised in our scientist profiles, from whether or not science and faith are compatible, to how to get more women involved in STEM careers. The comment section below as an open forum in which to exchange ideas, and we ask only that you keep it interesting, engaging and civil. Now - SOUND OFF!
Theoretical Physicist Jim Gates opened a lively discussion on the compatibility of faith and science, leading to our question of the day:
ARE SCIENCE AND FAITH COMPATIBLE?
To get the discussion flowing, here are some thoughts from our users on Facebook and Twitter.
Exhibit A - Faith and Science=Oil and Water:
“Faith has no place in science.” - Low-Key, Facebook
“Religion is totally unnecessary for human survival.” - Fern Gee, Facebook
Exhibit B - Faith and Science, Not So Bad Together:
“Only a fool says in his heart there is no God.” - Fred, Facebook
“I believe everyone is entitled to their opinion - and if someone believes they need religion to survive, they are not wrong. You may disagree, but that doesn’t make them any more incorrect. Being that closed minded only makes you look like the fool.” - Jessica, Facebook
“The main difference is that science evolves and religion doesn’t - there is nothing wrong with faith - but don’t confuse faith with religion.” - Wayne, Facebook
Exhibit C - Who Knows?!:
“I don’t have any conclusions…so, I go on searching…” - Henry, Facebook
Your turn, audience. Keep the discussion flowing. Use the comment section below.