Pharyngula

Cafe Scientifique, or Lewis Wolpert

You are going to have to make a choice about tonight’s educational experience. You could come out to the Common Cup Coffeehouse in Morris, Minnesota at 6:00 to attend our Cafe Scientifique, in which Arne Kildegaard will make the electricity industry and current renewable energy policy fascinating, OR if you happen to be in London at 7:30, you could listen to Lewis Wolpert debate William Lane Craig on “Is God a delusion?” There is a six hour time difference between London and Morris, but I don’t think it’s possible to both attend the debate and fly across the Atlantic in 4½ hours, so you should just face the fact that you’re going to have to pick one or the other.

Sorry about that. We should have consulted each other before scheduling these events.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?
    February 28, 2007

    Even the god of the Bible is most likely the evolution from an earlier sky god of the nomadic herders of south-west Asia.

    There’s a “biography” out there that says it started with a “mountain and weather god of Moabite shepherds” after which came the tradition of worshipping the war god alone after a victory. Unfortunately I haven’t read that book. And I bet you’ll find apologists that will claim this as stepwise revelation of The Truth®. (Strangely enough, few of them will be Muslims, but I digress.)

    Incidentally, “mountain and weather god” reminds me of the Hittite chief god, who is a generic Indo-European one who sits on a mountain above the clouds, throws lightning bolts and makes thunder. The last Hittites are mentioned several times in the Bible. Would be interesting to see if the book (I don’t remember the reference) claims in the end that YHWH is the same as Zeus and Thor. Theogony becoming phylogeny…

    Does it ever stop raining in London?

    Sure. About 10 times a day on average, I think. :-P

    in an infinite history of the solar system

    Now that is lame. It is obvious that the solar system is not as old as the universe.