A Temple of Science?

kellym78's picture

 In an interesting event inspired by Richard Dawkins at Beyond Belief 2006, Jonathon Keats has built a temple of science which he has named The Atheon. Hmmmm... For the full story, click here.

Science is the only

Science is the only realistic study of reality, and there are no laws in science that are absolute, as meaning all knowing nor perfected, or unamendable. Religion bull shit says otherwise, so fuck religion, that has never answered anything of understanding what reality is. To say "god done it", is to say nothing, so no to idol worship theologies. Yes to the temple of true science ....

aiia's picture

wired wrote:At a time when

wired wrote:
At a time when the gulf between religion and science is growing ever greater, an artist has erected a temple for scientific worship.

I don't think there was ever any relationship between science and religion and I get tired of seeing this "comparison". The 'gulf' has always been there, it is permanent and there was never a similarity in methodology. Religion is BELIEF, period; science is the method of establishing facts. In truth, science can destroy belief.

wired wrote:
Jonathon Keats, designer of the petri dish God, built The Atheon to get people thinking about what a scientific religion (or religious science?) would look and feel like.

More explicitly, Keats likes to play with oxymorons. Hey Keats, can you build a black white (or white black) temple? Hmm...can you say postmodernist? Hint: It doesn't rhyme with brain-fart although there is a similarity in meaning.

Jonathon Keats: I heard about the Beyond Belief conference in 2006. Richard Dawkins was there, and Steven Weinberg, and Neil Degrasse Tyson. They were trying to figure out what science might do to provide an alternative to religion. There wasn't a consensus, but there was momentum towards the idea that science could do everything religion could, that it could be everything religion had been.

Keats, I have news for you. In reality they were discussing the elimination (more or less) of religion, not the amalgamation of science and religion.

People who think there is something they refer to as god don't ask enough questions.

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Asimov said it best, in one of the "Foundation" stories:

"In the name of the Galactic Spirit and of his prophet, Hari Seldon, and of his interpreters, the holy men of the Foundation, I curse this ship. Let the televisors of this ship, which are its eyes, become blind. Let its grapples, which are its arms, be paralyzed. Let the nuclear blasts, which are its fists, lose their function. Let the motors, which are its heart, cease to beat. Let the communications, which are its voice, become dumb. Let its ventilations, which are its breath, fade. Let its lights, which are its soul, shrivel into nothing. In the name of the Galactic Spirit, I so curse this ship."

And with his last word, at the stroke of midnight, a hand, light-years distant in the Argolid Temple, opened an ultrawave relay, which at the instantaneous speed of the ultrawave, opened another on the flagship Wienis.

And the ship died!

For it is the chief characteristic of the religion of science that it works, and that such curses as that of Aporat's are really deadly.


"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." ~Groucho Marx

JoeyJoJoJr's picture

Kelly's got two temples to

Kelly's got two temples to medical science on her chest that I'd love to worship at.  Just sayin'. 

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Their mysteries mean nothing.

>I understand and appreciate the way in which religion can experience mystery


The subjects explored by religious groups are mysterious in the same way that murder mystery dinner games are: wholly artificial and manufactured.