Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gods Mechanics: The Religious Life of Techies

This is a very interesting talk from a Jesuit Brother who talks about religion from the perspective of a techie (i.e. engineers/scientists). It outlines very nicely how "religion" and technology are not contradictory, in fact they can dovetail very nicely. It also explains what technical minded folk look for in a religion.

Note: For those afraid of the God Stuff, there is no preaching in this so don't be alarmed :) It has a natural catholic bent, but it is not trying to convert to any one religion.

1 comment:

Cian said...

A good speaker - I have to say though, he doesn't seem like he's trying to make a case for religion based on truth at all (and only mildly based on utility) - but rather he's telling some anecdotes about people who are both technically and religiously inclined.
What really surprised me is that he basically says around the 38 minute mark that people stop looking for truth in their 30s/40s, and that's when they settle into a church. I'd heard the Jesuit's were on the more free thinking side of the church, but wow :)
Also I was hoping he'd spend more time what many would see as the problems between scientific and religious ways of thinking. He sort of touches on it in response to a question at around 53 minutes, but only a very little.

One nitpick:
* At around five minutes he says that the % percentage of scientists who are religious is probably about the same as the rest of the population - I don't think this is true: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_atheism

Here's an article with some insight into where Science and Religion do and don't clash: http://rationallyspeaking.blogspot.com/2010/08/jerry-coyne-then-and-now.html