Currently, I’m a student in college studying for a Biology degree. However, my story doesn’t end simply there. I’m also a polytheistic pagan. Yeah, you read that right, I’m a STEM student who believes in a multitude of Gods and no I don’t find either conflicting with each other. Science is the study of the natural world and the physical laws that go along with it. Gods on the other hand are supernatural and are outside the realm of what science can perceive. So, science can not prove nor disprove the existence of the Gods, it’s simply based on the premise of faith and anecdotal evidence that, to me at least, the Gods exist. I do not speak for anyone else involved in the science field nor for any other pagans out there. This is solely my beliefs.
Now, lets get to what I’m really writing about. As many people know there’s going to be a country wide March for Science this Saturday. This is very very very very VERY important since we have an anti-science government in power in the US of A. They deny climate change specifically, which has been proven conclusively with over a thousand peer reviewed paper on the subject. The science behind climate change is literally being tossed out the window by the Trump Administration and being replaced with anti-science nonsense that is wholly backed by companies mainly in the fossil industries. Really, that shouldn’t be too surprising in the least. What else do you expect from a businessman? I believe it’s important that everyone get out, everyone who gives a damn about our planet whether you are pagan, atheist, agnostic or even Christian (you guys actually have some verses in the Bible that states pollution is shunned b your Gods), should be out there marching with scientists. There is an app for Android devices called March for Science that will help find you the nearest march. It’s for Free so there should be no reason not to download this app.
Science is the only forward for our species. The quest for knowledge, especially among pagans, is paramount. Odin sacrificed Himself for knowledge of the Runes and ultimately his eye for wisdom. Perhaps we all should be like Odin except without the dramatics of self sacrifice of body parts, but rather sacrificing our time in our lives to devote to obtaining new knowledge no matter how daunting it may seem. In the the end, the knowledge gained through hard work and research is far more fulfilling.
So I hope that the march will be successful in forcing the Trump Administration to avert its ridiculous war on science and that soon scientists will be running for public office to exact change from within. Hel, maybe once I get my degree, do some time in a lab, I’ll run for public office one day. We’ll see.
Brightest Blessings to all out there and have a great Yggdrasil Day (Earth Day)!!
Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? – Ripley (Aliens, 1986)
Unfortunately, this is a question I ask myself everyday since after the Election. The more I see how Trump supporters are outing themselves for the misled minions of a mutant Cheeto with a toupee, the more I wonder how far has the national IQ dropped. People, Idiocracy wasn’t supposed to be a documentary of what is to come, but rather a funny movie. No longer is it funny. It’s depressing because the very aspects of the culture of Idiocracy is becoming more prevalent these days than ever before. Trumps election to the head seat of the United States just proves how close we are to an Idiocratic dystopia.
I leave you, my wonderful readers, with this example of anti-science rhetoric we will most likely have to deal with for four years. Buckle up, it’s going to be one hell of a ride!
As a current student in the sciences and a polytheistic heathen, this issue strikes deep into my core. Personally, my ability to rationalize what science offers on the table and my religious beliefs are kept compartmentalized into their respective corners of psyche. Science, as we have been taught, explains how the natural world works. Since the Gods, spirits and anything otherworldly is beyond science, beyond the natural and hence supernatural, science can not and will never prove that the supernatural exists or not. No scientific instrument nor method of observation has been formulated specifically for the supernatural, so for a theist or an atheist say that via science the truth is absolutely known. The truth isn’t absolutely known and anyone who states such is basing it off of faith and not fact. Yes, that includes atheism because to state the unknowable as truth is faith in such a personally accepted truth.
People state that there is a war between science and religion and personally I think that’s absolute hokum drummed up by anti-science or anti-religious zealots out there who haven’t the capacity to have an open mind not a civil discussion on how science can thrive even though one is religious. It’s a false dichotomy to believe because is in the science field they must be an atheist or that if someone is religious that they can’t accept scientific facts. If these assertions were true we would’ve shunned Issac Newton and Francis Collins (former head of the Human Genome Project and current director of the National Health Institute), but fortunately we haven’t shunned these folks and our understanding of the natural world is furthered because of them. The only war is in the minds of vapid folks who can’t grasp that people can accept science and their religious beliefs without either side being compromised. So in essence, keep your beliefs, whether it’s theistic or atheistic, out of science. Period. No personal religious/non-religious beliefs need to be injected into science because science can neither prove nor disprove the existence of the supernatural.
Science doesn’t need to be at war with religion and vice versa. People like Richard Dawkins need to stop with their zealotry and step back and realize they are no better than the fundamentalists who want to throw science out the window because it doesn’t adhere to their Young Earth Creationism (Francis Collins doesn’t adhere to this nonsense, but still is a Christian…interesting).
In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years?
In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years? – Stephen Hawking
I’ll do my best to answer this question posited by Stephen Hawking back in 2006.
First and foremost, humanity must recognize it’s kinship by disposing of the idea of race. This very thing is the greatest barrier that plagues our species. We are blind to our close relation to each other and deny the fact that the human race is only one race and NOT an amalgamation of races under the umbrella of the Human genus. Race is nothing but traits produced by evolution within a given environment and nothing more. It’s sadly held in sacrosanct these days all over the world, but it’s a disease and who in their right mind holds a disease as an idol? It’s a disease that infects the mind, blinding human beings of their potential. Potential is destroyed because once you apply that ridiculous label of “white”, “black” and etc. you pigeonhole yourself and everyone inside and outside of your “race” expects you to be something within the parameters of that “races” limited scope. Once you discard “race” like garbage, you are free to wander the landscape before without any borders or restrictions. You no longer have to worry about someone saying “You’re acting white/black/Asian/Hispanic….etc.” because it will no longer matter because it is no longer sacred. Therefore your full potential can be unlocked.
Humanity has always been divided by it’s tribalistic nature and still is tribalistic today, but today people actually want that to remain because it is profitable to them. What they don’t understand is that it’s helping pull our species towards extinction because all of the resources and energy needed to progress humanity is being wasted on petty things like racial division. Despite our divisions we have done amazing things in the areas of science, philosophy, art and so forth. Now, I dare you to imagine what we could do if we were united once and for all as the Human Race. That is the crux of my answer and why it is absolutely important to overcome race all together. Once we discard race we will heave ourselves over the wall that has separated humanity and come together to figure out solutions for everything that ails our species. Everything will come into play once we are united and nothing can stop us but ourselves.
This is how we progress in the universe.
Ever since I was a child I always had a deep love for anything science. Not a day would go by where you wouldn’t find me with my face stuffed in a science book or magazine. But religion was nothing to me then. I never cared one or another until I got older and started delving into the more esoteric. Despite that I started becoming more religious along the pagan path my understanding and appreciation for science hasn’t wavered. My religious beliefs, no matter what new discovery is made hasn’t killed my religious beliefs either. So the question is how can I accept religion while accepting science in the same breath? For me it’s relatively easy and seeing those who are religious deny science fact is an oddity to me. Why would science destroy your religious convictions? Nothing that I have read has stated as a matter of fact that the Gods don’t exist. Sure, you can read the convincing thesis of Richard Dawkins God Delusion book, but it’s an opinion, not fact much like any other atheist claim of the non-existence of deity. Conversely, theists have no evidence either for their convictions. It’s all faith and opinion that something divine exists or not no matter what atheists like to say.
The evolution issue is silly for Christians to argue against because we do not live in a static planet let alone a static universe meaning it’s all ever changing. So if the Gods, in their all omnipotent glory, created an ever changing world, but didn’t give living creatures the built-in ability to evolve along with their environment than what chances of survival would their creations have in the long run? None. So it only makes sense that evolution exists as a means for living creatures to survive in a world and universe that is constantly changing daily. As the atheist points to evolution as a reason to not believe in deity, I point to it as a reason to believe, but that is just my opinion much like their opinion that evolution disproves deity.
I accept everything science proves and if it happens to garner the advance technology that can disprove deity once and for all with no questioning it than I’ll accept it, but I doubt any such technology will be made. Atheists can make their claims and those who are religious can continue to do as well, but we can’t become closed-minded fools in the process like those evangelical Christians and Richard Dawkins indulge in daily.