Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Scientific Spiritual Language of Richard Dawkins

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
-​Carl Sagan

Like Christopher Hitchens (in this post), Richard Dawkins also uses the poetic language of spirituality; of course, he is not referring to religious definitions of these words. This type of language is very evident in his earlier book unweaving the rainbow, where he addresses the misperception that science and art are at odds. Art is the proper task of life – as Nietzsche has proclaimed – Richard Dawkins can be seen as a bridge between art and science. Nietzsche also said, “the spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it represents a great triumph over Christianity (Twilight of the Idols). With a sensuality concerning the mechanism of life, perhaps the endeavor of Richard Dawkins may be in line with Carl Sagan’s assertion that making science and spirituality mutually exclusive would do a disservice to both.

Clip From a BBC Horizon Science Documentary:

The Son of the Self-Aware Universe | Myspace Video

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