Contacts Compatibility of Science and Religion Science is not the only way of knowing and understanding. But science is a way of knowing that differs from other ways in its dependence on empirical evidence and testable explanations. Because biological evolution accounts for events that are also central concerns of religion — including the origins of biological diversity and especially the origins of humans — evolution has been a contentious idea within society since it was first articulated by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in Acceptance of the evidence for evolution can be compatible with religious faith.
Oliver's "Unearthly Neighbors" Chad Oliver, an Anthropologist, wrote particularly plausible novels of First Contact -- a term, after all, which originated in the field of Anthropology. The first of his masterpieces. Ballentine, ; revised first hardcover edition, New York: Crown, ] in later had a sequel, "The Shores of Another Sea.
Other terms for this popular genre include: Others cite Castello Holford's novel "Aristopia: Trevelyan published a nominally nonfictional article about what might have happened if Napoleon had won at Waterloo.
Alfred Toynbee, in his "A Study of History" tried the same sort of academic experiments in allohistory. Some other splendid examples are: It is one of the most enthralling science-fiction books ever written.
At once a fantasy adventure, an exceptional mystery, it is a new concept that touches the very framework of reality. What was 'The Blind Spot? The fantastic events that follow from its deceptively simple opening are the sort of stuff from which Charles Fort wove his world-shaking books and A.
Merritt wrought fabulous novels. Lapses into Imaginary History", edited by J. A Drama of the Reconstruction Period", by Arthur Goodman"Ancestral Voices", by Nat Schachnerflawed time-travel change-the-past story, in which the accidental consequence is the passage into never-beingness of tens of thousands of descendants of one killed ancestor "Sideways in Time", by Murray Leinstergives a four-dimensional view of alternate timelines, and a protagonist who switches from one to another, some in which humans never evolved.
The breakthrough into explicitly science-fictional allohistory. DickGermany and Japan conquer and split the U. Jim Rittenhouse's Alternate History and a fascinating inside look by a professional science fiction author: Stephen Baxter's "Branches in Time: Alternate Histories Are True SF" Fairly thorough search results, including anthologies, references, and listings by author may be found in: Schmunk also check out: To make the definition cover all science fiction instead of 'almost all' it is necessary only to strike out the word 'future'.
Berkeley There is a scientific basis for such speculations, namely the "Many Worlds" interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. The notion is that each time a subatomic particle can one of several things, it actually does all them, splitting the universe into multiple copies which differ only in that one micro-event.
The universe splits, splits again, and ramifies into an astonishing tree of alternative realities, a quintillion times a second.
This theory was developed by Hugh Everett inbut he had philosophical predecessors. Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake A. What really got him in trouble was his specific example that there must be a world identical to ours, except that the Mass was spoken in the vernacular instead of in Latin.
Small differences can be a matter of life or death. Rudjer Josip Boscovich  gave a qualitative description of alternate universe theory in "Theoria Philsophiae Naturalis" . See "New Scientist", 24 Mayp. Each possible universe is a single point in a much larger infinite?About Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.
It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion (Evolution) [Francisco J. Ayala] on grupobittia.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
With the publication in of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Charles Darwin established evolution by common descent as the dominant scientific explanation for nature's diversity.
This was to be his gift to science and society; at last. Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion (Evolution) [Francisco J.
Ayala] on grupobittia.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With the publication in of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Charles Darwin established evolution by common descent as the dominant scientific explanation for nature's diversity.
This was to be his gift to science and society; at last. Nobel-Winning Physicist Niels Bohr on Subjective vs. Objective Reality and the Uses of Religion in a Secular World “The fact that religions through the ages have spoken in images, parables, and paradoxes means simply that there are no other ways of grasping the reality to which they refer.
Compatibility of Science and Religion. Science is not the only way of knowing and understanding. But science is a way of knowing that differs from other ways in its dependence on empirical evidence and testable explanations.
Religion and Science. Return to Top; The following article by Albert Einstein appeared in the New York Times Magazine on November 9, pp It has been reprinted in Ideas and Opinions, Crown Publishers, Inc. , pp 36 - It also appears in Einstein's book The World as I See It, Philosophical Library, New York, , pp.
24 - Everything that the human race has done and thought is.