Today: Seriously?

9 Sep

On twitter I follow alot of erm… random things.

Rugby, IOP,  lecturers, F1 stuff as well as friends. Yesterday one of them posted a link to This Telegraph article, a response to Stephen Hawkings’ declaration that there is no God, because he says so.

Although i thought his statement to be about a completely unproven theory and as arrogant and self absorbed as his personality dictates, the response by Baroness Greenfield was even more ‘out there’ than his original statement.

What bothered me most about his statement of there being evidence that there was no God and that science had proven the start of the universe through m-theory (a derivation/combination of different string theories) is that in simple terms, it hasn’t.

The fact that m-theory is a THEORY defines itself as ‘yet to have experimental proof’ which makes his statement – i feel – sickening. Giving science a bad name in an economic climate where science really isn’t regarded as high as it should be. (Thanks for the cuts Vince Cabel). He (SH) has put across that all scientists are either arrogant know-it-alls, OR they just aren’t as clever as he is and hence should have no input in….well….life.

Don’t get me wrong, he is a genius and even though i have little respect for him, i do have respect for what he did in his early research life.

However whatever bad press he has given science in the past 2 weeks, nothing can really compare to this quote in before mentioned article:

“Asked whether she was uncomfortable about scientists making comments about God, she said: “Yes I am. Of course they can make whatever comments they like but when they assume, rather in a Taliban-like way, that they have all the answers then I do feel uncomfortable. I think that doesn’t necessarily do science a service.”

I do think this happily shows her ignorance to the world around her. Don’t you think?

Having recently lost her job (and is now suing them for sexual discrimination…. and wants her job back) it makes you wonder whether this is just her gagging for some press.

Hang on…. Doesn’t Stephen Hawking have a new book out?…..

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