On Our Minds: Lawrence Krauss on the Big Questions

June 15, 2014

Lawrence Krauss isn't only a famous physicist; he's also the subject, along with Richard Dawkins, of the documentary film "The Unbelievers."  He tells Steve Paulson that science has replaced philosophy and religion as the place to deal with the Big Questions.

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What an extremely annoying man. For example, he maintains that people pick and choose about religious beliefs, but he consistently changes the conversation when the host challenges him on that point. He speaks loudly and thinks obviously that he can win any argument just by bullying his way through an interview and cutting off the questioner. He does not allow anyone to frame an argument to contradict his ideas: surely the antithesis of good scientific thinking. Dawkins and Kraus do nothing to further their cause by this blustering. I do not envy Kraus's students.

It's indisputable that people pick and choose about what they believe in the Bible and other religious texts. As Krause said, do people here still believe in stoning someone to death for adultery or not obeying the sabbath? He has other, more important points to make, then spending time answering shibboleths about superstition. His "most 'Why' questions are really 'How' questions is brilliant, and his larger point is that new scientific findings challenge and force you to change your beliefs, whereas with religion, anything that doesn't conform to your viewpoint you dismiss with prejudice (evolution, climate change, anyone?) Krause rules!

It is a very difficult subject. I have seen many people try to tackle the destructive effects of the bible on the human race, in a way that we at last find an alternative to the worship of despotism.

The people on the bible side are very sheltered in that, they know nothing of the advances that science has made in the last two thousand years. It is odd. They are not aware at all about the modern world that we live in, as they choose to live according to 2,800 year old Jewish slaves. You can not talk to them because they are literally ignorant of the physical world that exists here & now.

I try to confront them on the despotic nature of the bible. It is welfare mentality, so vile & destructive, that they aught to know that it is not ever o.k. To live through welfare mentality alone. But they ignore me. It is odd. & then they insult me personally.

I understand that it is difficult to fathom that there is life beyond the bible. But why can they not at least admit that it is sheer destruction in its designs?

In my opinion, Lawrence Krauss is the most effective speaker against the worship of despotism. I just wish there were more like him.

We should not have to destroy ourselves anymore, just for the sake of a despotic myth.

It is a very difficult subject. I have seen many people try to tackle the destructive effects of the bible on the human race, in a way that we at last find an alternative to the worship of despotism.

The people on the bible side are very sheltered in that, they know nothing of the advances that science has made in the last two thousand years. It is odd. They are not aware at all about the modern world that we live in, as they choose to live according to 2,800 year old Jewish slaves. You can not talk to them because they are literally ignorant of the physical world that exists here & now.

I try to confront them on the despotic nature of the bible. It is welfare mentality, so vile & destructive, that they aught to know that it is not ever o.k. To live through welfare mentality alone. But they ignore me. It is odd. & then they insult me personally.

I understand that it is difficult to fathom that there is life beyond the bible. But why can they not at least admit that it is sheer destruction in its designs?

In my opinion, Lawrence Krauss is the most effective speaker against the worship of despotism. I just wish there were more like him.

We should not have to destroy ourselves anymore, just for the sake of a despotic myth.

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