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Read & Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF à Jerry A. Coyne Read Faith Versus Fact ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ce of religious prejudices and strictures as factors in politics education medicine and social policy make the need for this book urgentReligion and science compete in many ways to describe reality they both make existence claims about what is real but they use different tools to meet this goal In his elegant provocative and direct argument leading evolutionary biologi. Faith Versus Fact Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible by Jerry A Coyne Faith Versus Fact is an excellent book that presents the persuasive argument that while faith and science compete to describe reality science is the best tool to find out what is true about our universe Evolutionary geneticist Jerry A Coyne follows up his masterpiece of Why Evolution Is True with an outstanding book of its own that clearly separates science from religion This persuasive 336 page book includes the following five chapters 1 The Problem 2 What s Incompatible 3 Why Accommodationism Fails 4 Faith Strikes Back and 5 Why Does It MatterPositives1 Professor Coyne is a persuasive writer Well written and well reasoned book Engaging and accessible2 A great topic why science and religion are incompatible3 Great use of logic history reason and facts to persuade the audience at an accessible level 4 A uote fest The good thing about science is that it s true whether or not you believe in it by Neil deGrasse Tyson 5 Clearly states his main thesis understanding reality in the sense of being able to use what we know to predict what we don t is best achieved using the tools of science and is never achieved using the methods of faith My claim is this science and religion are incompatible because they have different methods for getting knowledge about reality have different ways of assessing the reliability of that knowledge and in the end arrive at conflicting conclusions about the universe 6 Makes a very strong case that there are very clear differences between science and religion Science and religion then are competitors in the business of finding out what is true about our universe In this goal religion has failed miserably for its tools for discerning truth are useless These areas are incompatible in precisely the same way and in the same sense that rationality is incompatible with irrationality 7 The three reasons why the issue of science versus religion has been revived The conflict between religion and evolution didn t really get going until religious fundamentalism arose in early twentieth century America 8 An expose of the Templeton foundation9 Clarity and lucidity of thought throughout the book These are empirical claims and although some may be hard to test they must like all claims about reality be defended with a combination of evidence and reason If we find no credible evidence no good reasons to believe then those claims should be disregarded just as most of us ignore claims about ESP astrology and alien abduction 10 A good explanation of what constitutes science What is known may sometimes change so science isn t really a fixed body of knowledge What remains is what I really see as science which is simply a method for understanding how the universe matter our bodies and behavior the cosmos and so on actually works Science is a set of tools refined over hundreds of years for getting answers about nature Scientific truth is never absolute but provisional 11 Provocative There is simply no way that any faith can prove beyond uestion that its claims are true while those of other faiths are false 12 The problems with religion Religion begins with beliefs based not on observation but on revelation authority often that of scripture and dogma Take the Resurrection of Jesus for which the only supporting evidence is the contradictory accounts of the Gospels 13 Clearly explains why accommodationism fails and does a great job of dissecting the problems with non overlapping magisterial NOMA that popularized Gould In the end NOMA is simply an unsatisfying uarrel about labels that unless you profess a watery deism cannot reconcile science and religion 14 Miracles in perspective Miracles were really the result of fraud ignorance or misrepresentation 15 Destroys myths with expertise But science has completely falsified the idea of a historical Adam and Eve and on two grounds First our species wasn t poofed into being by a sudden act of creation We know beyond reasonable doubt that we evolved from a common ancestor with modern chimps an ancestor living around six million years ago Modern human traits which include our brain and genetically determined behaviors evolved gradually 16 Mormonism takes a direct hit But as with the existence of Adam and Eve both genetics and archaeology have shown that the Middle Eastern origin of Native Americans is a fiction Game over17 Morality as it relates to evolution Finally and perhaps most important evolution means that human morality rather than being imbued in us by God somehow arose via natural processes biological evolution involving natural selection on behavior and cultural evolution involving our ability to calculate foresee and prefer the results of different behaviors We have an enhanced morality but it is the product of culture not biology 18 Looks at popular arguments in defense of God only to reject them with ease Rather than assuming that the world was created for humans the reasonable hypothesis is that humans evolved to adapt to the world they confronted 19 The faith in reason tactic My response to the no justification claim is that the superiority of science at finding objective truth comes not from philosophy but from experience Science gives predictions that work Everything we know about biology the cosmos physics and chemistry has come through science not revelation the arts or any other way of knowing 20 The harm of ill founded dogma The harm as I ve said repeatedly comes not from the existence of religion itself but from its reliance on and glorification of faith belief or if you will trust or confidence without supporting evidence 21 Notes and references includedNegatives1 Why Evolution Is True was such a great book it s hard to live up to those lofty expectations 2 Philosophy and theology is not Coyne s forte but he provides enough to make his case3 Lack of charts and visuals to complement the narrative4 I would have liked to have seen a bit on the legal side Examples of religion doing harm and a summary of cases where science and religion intersect besides the obligatory mention of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial In summary a book worthy of five stars Sure it s not the masterpiece that I Why Evolution Is True but it s a book that needed to be written and is another great contribution to society Religion fails to accurately describe the universe as it really is and in fact has impeded progress Coyne makes the persuasive case that science is the best method to find the truths about his world and you will not get any disagreement for yours truly An excellent book I highly recommend itFurther suggestions Why Evolution Is True by the same author Undeniable by Bill Nye God and the Multiverse by Victor J Stenger Science and Religion by Daniel C Dennett Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer Atheism for Dummies by Dale McGowan The Soul Fallacy by Julien Musolino Why Are You Atheists So Angry 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless by Greta Christina A Manual for Creating Atheists by Peter Boghosian God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens The God Virus by Darrel Ray Moral Combat by Sikivu Hutchinson Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali Nonbeliever Nation by David Niose Freethinkers by Susan Jacoby Nailed by David Fitzgerald and Think by Guy P Harrison

Summary Faith Versus Fact

Read & Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF à Jerry A. Coyne Read Faith Versus Fact ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF We are living today in a genuinely frightening scenario religion and science are engaged in a kind of war a war for understanding a war about whether we should have good reasons for what we accept as true The sheer fact that over half of Americans don't believe in evolution to say nothing of the number of Congressmen who don't believe in climate change and the resurgen. What can possibly go wrong when people who haven t touched a philosophy or theology book for most of their lives get on the pulpit to talk about philosophy and theology Well that s exactly what Coyne did here galvanized by Richard Dawkins and some others who built a second career out of downloading their misunderstanding of philosophy and religion into the minds of the uneducated masses In a way that reminded me of the appalling documentary Religulous Coyne s definition of Religion and Faith seems to apply only to the aberrations The embittered author cherry picks easy soft targets like the example of the parents of a seriously ill girl who refuse any medical treatment and all they do for her is pray and unsurprisingly avoids engaging in any serious analysis of intellectually powerful positions like the ones of Ratzinger Bonhoeffer not to mention St Thomas or St Augustine I agree with philosophy professor Edward Feser s brilliant review of this book especially when it comes to Coyne s lack of depth and inconsistent use of terms like religion and faith Here are some uotes from Feser s review Faith versus Fact is some kind of achievement Biologist Jerry Coyne has managed to write what might be the worst book yet published in the New Atheist genre True the competition for that particular distinction is fierce But among other volumes in this metastasizing literature each has at least some small redeeming feature For example though Lawrence Krauss s A Universe from Nothing is bad as philosophy it is middling as pop science Christopher Hitchens s God Is Not Great was at least written by someone who could write like Christopher Hitchens Though devoid of interest Sam Harris s Letter to a Christian Nation is brief Even PZ Myers s book The Happy Atheist has at least one advantage over Coyne s book It came out firstThe book flies off the rails before it reaches page one In an unintentionally comic passage in his preface Coyne explains what he has in mind by religion First he tells us that his main target isn t religions that emphasize practice such as the meditation oriented versions of Buddhism Rather it is religions that emphasize controversial truth claims about the world in particular theistic faiths those that affirm the existence of a God or gods But even specifically he says he will concentrate on the Abrahamic faiths Islam Christianity and Judaism Two sentences later we learn that in fact it is mostly the various brands of Christianity that occupy this book But far from all the brands since in the very next sentence he adds that actually he will talk mostly about science and religion in the United States By the following page he ualifies this even further indicating that the views of regular believers interest him than do the fancy arguments of theologians Next it is conceded that it is only a few specific areas of science such as Darwinism that are rejected by religious believers Yet as Coyne admits even evolution is accepted by many Jews Buddhists Christians and liberal Muslims In short when all the ualifications are in it seems that Coyne s paradigm of religion is Bible Belt creationism Apparently he was absent the day his college statistics class covered the notion of a representative sampleBut to be fair to Coyne he doesn t always use the term religion in this idiosyncratic way And that s the problem He has no consistent account at all of what religion is On one page he will tell you that Jainism is not really the sort of thing he means by religion Forty pages later he ll offer Jainism as an example of the sort of thing he means by religion If the views of some theologian are clearly compatible with science Coyne will assure us that what theologians have to say is irrelevant to determining what is typical of religion But if a theologian says something that Coyne thinks is stupid then what theologians have to say suddenly becomes highly relevant to determining what is typical of religion When churchmen refuse to abandon some doctrine Coyne tells us that this shows that religion is dogmatic and unwilling to adjust itself to modern knowledge When churchmen do abandon some doctrine Coyne tells us that this shows that religion is unfalsifiable and desperate to adjust itself to modern knowledge It seems Coyne also missed that lecture in logic class about the fallacy of special pleadingCoyne speaks repeatedly of religion s methods as if there were some common techniue applied by scholastic logicians Buddhist monks and Appalachian snake handlers The theology of Thomas Auinas Hindu nationalism the cargo cults of Melanesia Scientology all of these and are casually lumped together as examples of religion as if the differences weren t at least as significant as whatever similarities Coyne thinks he sees This is like pulling random lines from a physics textbook the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Mary Baker Eddy s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and an episode of Star Trek and then putting them forward as eually typical illustrations of science and of science s methods Coyne s own method then is to characterize religion however he needs to in order to convict it of irrationality Nor is religion the only term Coyne uses in a tendentious way The uestion begging definition is perhaps his favorite debating trick He characterizes faith as belief without or in the face of evidence and repeatedly uses the term as if this is what it generally means in religious contexts Naturally he has no trouble showing that faith so understood is irrational But this simply is not how faith is understood historically in Christian theology For example for scholastic theologians faith is assent to something that has been revealed by God And how do we know that God exists and really has revealed it Those are claims for which the theologian agrees evidence needs to be givenOf course Coyne will disagree about whether the evidence really shows what theologians say it does The point though is that whether we should have evidence for what we believe is not what is in dispute Coyne acknowledges that theologians intensely dislike the definition of faith he proposes So he not only attacks a straw man but implicitly admits that that is what he is doing Indeed you will find in Coyne s book straw men than you would at a casting call for The Wizard of Oz Coyne mocks John Paul II s claim that truth cannot contradict truth insinuating that the pope sought merely to conform science to religious doctrine In fact the pope was no less concerned to emphasize that theology has to take seriously the findings of scienceSo Coyne really does embrace scientism right Not necessarily since a couple of pages later he acknowledges that philosophy constitutes a kind of knowledge and indicates that it is distinct from science but can be useful to scientists Further he dismisses the accusation of scientism as a mere canard ritualistically flung at New Atheists And so his settled position at long last the reader thinks would seem to be that scientism is false and that there is knowledge to be had outside the boundaries of scienceBut not so fast because a couple of pages after that he says that if scientism is the view that science is the only reliable way of knowing then most of my colleagues and I are indeed guilty of scientism and scientism is a virtue never mind that he has just dismissed the accusation of scientism as a canard Reading Coyne trying to do something as simple as defining his terms is like watching him play tennis with himself And losing

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Read & Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF à Jerry A. Coyne Read Faith Versus Fact ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF St and bestselling author Jerry Coyne lays out in clear patient dispassionate details why the toolkit of science based on reason and empirical study is reliable while that of religion including faith dogma and revelation is unreliable and leads to incorrect untestable or conflicting conclusions Indeed by relying on faith religion renders itself incapable of finding tru. I m not sure where even to start in my review of the book mainly because all thoughts and opinions are highly variable based on emotion and experience So I ll start there If I was anything going into this book I was an accommodationist I attended a conservative religious university that reuired statements of faith from its professors but have never felt that my education there was lacking scientifically my majorsminor were Psychology Environmental Studies and Religion I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar class my Freshman year that was entitled Conversations in Neuroscience but in actuality was discussions in evolutionary biology the conflictnon conflict of science and religion and included samples of writings by authors I d never heard of at the time but now am becoming uite familiar with EO Wilson Dawkins etc A decade later my faith has been all over the board my science knowledge continues to improve and I continue to learn about factors that go into policy as mentioned in this book politics are a big part of science funding So with my personal history in mind I have to say that my initial response before beginning this book was a disagreement with Coyne s thesis I know many intelligent folks who are both spiritual religious and knowledgeable of science I like that Coyne spends a great deal of his time speaking to that crowd the liberal Christians the accommodationists the scientists who also profess a faith of some kind The easy attack would have been the outliers the groups that the majority already see as kind of out there He addresses those as well but turns the tables back to the liberal crowd In the end its a fascinating read with many good and thoughtful points There are some things I agree with some I m not sure I agree with and many things that definitely reuire much thought on my part to hash out and let sink in Admittedly I m a hippie in the sense that I d like for everyone to just get along so to hear a voice so outspoken that we can t all just get along is sometimes difficult to digest I m not saying I disagree with his thesis but that it is something none of us really want to agree with With that said regardless of agreement or disagreement faith or no faith I would recommend this book I learned about Coyne by reading Why Evolution is True in an online genetics class and was excited to continue reading by the author I m uite fascinated in the subjects both objectively and subjectively I love to learn why people do what they do and why life is meaningful to them as well as how we can keep life around and meaningful in the future that s where the environmental stuff the psychology stuff the religious studies and a few other subjects come together for me So this is one well written and thoughtful perspective to add In the end we re all just trying to do our best to make it through this crazy world So where ever you are on the spectrum whatever your opinion consensus or faith tells you go out there with love and compassion and openmindedness Be open to listening to others You don t have to change your mind all the time But there is so much to learn


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    PDF (Faith Versus Fact) Summary Faith Versus Fact It's already happening Coyne's Faith vs Fact is being panned as biased curmudgeonly and ignorant It is none of these Neither is it an atheist book It is a book about knowing epistemology and how we can confidently and reliably know what is realCoyne argues that reason and the scientific method are the only methods we ha

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    PDF (Faith Versus Fact) I was fortunate enough to win an advance copy of Jerry Coyne's upcoming book Faith vs Fact Why Science and Religion are Incompatible from Goodreads Jerry Coyne is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at

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    Summary Faith Versus Fact Jerry A. Coyne à 8 Read PDF (Faith Versus Fact) There was a time when religious explanations of the world abounded illness weather births death earthuakes celestial events and were attributed to a god or gods the vestiges of some of these superstitions are still with us

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    Summary Faith Versus Fact Read & Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF à Jerry A. Coyne Jerry A. Coyne à 8 Read I received this book by winning a Goodreads giveawayJerry Coyne has a thesis Science and Religion are incompatible Now the real uestion is this

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    PDF (Faith Versus Fact) In the preface Coyne states his thesis clearlyMy thesis is that religion and science compete in many ways to describe reality they both make existence claims” about what is real but use different tools to meet this goal And I argue that the toolkit of science based on reason and empirical study is reliable while that of religion including faith dogma and revelation is unreliable and leads to incorrect untestable or con

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    PDF (Faith Versus Fact) Jerry A. Coyne à 8 Read I'm not sure where even to start in my review of the book mainly because all thoughts and opinions are highly variable based on emotion and experience So I'll start there If I was anything going into this book I was an accommodationist I attended a conservative religious university that reuired statements of faith from its professors but have never felt that my education there was lacking scientifically my ma

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    PDF (Faith Versus Fact) Weird science to feed the confirmation bias of the believers in noneThe first page is excellent But that is the uotations page Than there are a few pages about compatibility between faith and research But to make it appealing the author calls it science just to blur the limits Whatever Than I was lost in a sea of polls Polls can be twisted Po

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    PDF (Faith Versus Fact) Read & Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF à Jerry A. Coyne While the author has some very good points to make about why science and religion are incompatible the chapters lacked structure He went back and forth over the same thing in multiple chapters which got boring Secondly he used the argument that because all scientists tend to be atheists it supports my case and went on explaining this for a long time However this is only a correlation and cannot be considered causation without bet

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