Thomas Scheff


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Smashwords book reviews by Thomas Scheff

  • Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship? on Aug. 07, 2012

    Bob Fuller’s book calls for a wedding between science and religion, echoing over the centuries the work of the great scientist-theologian, Blaise Pascal. Scientists pride themselves on their logical approach, the rest of us on non-logical intuition. Pascal (1660) noted that the first approach is based on what he called geometrie (which might be translated as system), the second, on what he called finesse, that is, intuition. He also noted that one can be an ordinary scientist using only system, or a non-scientist, using only intuition. But he went on to say that to make real advances, one must use both. Fuller’s proposal for settling the dispute between science and religion is brilliant and desperately important for opening up this problem not only to politicians, but to the public at large.