Peaceful Article from Ethan Seigel


Starts with a Bang is among the best science blogs on the internet, perhaps the best. Focused on astrophysics too (paging @Casper_Hesp). I appreciate his article because he often gets into the math and actual data of astrophysics. He even gets into the current controversies. Yet, he still explains things in a way that a mere computational biologist like me can understand.

For example, If not for him, I would not know that the second multipole of the spherical harmonics of the afterglow of the Big Bang (i.e. CMB) tells our speed and direction with respect to the rest of the universe. Now that is some substance I can sink my teeth into.

Ethan Siegel is the author, and I’m fairly certain he is an atheist. He often is arguing against fine-tuning. However, he wrote a pretty phenomenal and surprising article on Religion and Science.

His concluding paragraph.

Religion is for anyone who wants it in their life, and science is as well. They are neither fundamentally incompatible, nor are they mutually exclusive. Knowledge, education, self-improvement, and the bettering of our shared world are endeavors that are open to everyone. We don’t have to (and likely won’t) always agree with one another, but we can always work to understand a perspective that differs from our own. Perhaps, someday in the near future, that will be the story that makes headlines, rather than attempts to sow discord between two of the most influential forces for good in our world.

This is consistent with my efforts at Peaceful Science (, And this goal of making science a common ground for all, to serve the common good, is even why methodological naturalism (which is incorrectly named) is important in science too.

Also, quite interestingly, he finds that the gap between scientists and the public is strongest on GMOs, not evolution or climate change. GMO’s, by the way, are critical technology for feeding the world, and serving the common good.

He also includes this graph from our friend at Rice University, Elaine Ecklund.

Any how, curious your thoughts on this article, and finding peace in science.


Interesting, @Swamidass!

I had written something else, but then I figured…Better read the article before posting (this little rule of thumb has never failed me, and I have never regretted keeping it [although often regretted breaking it ;)]).

I just have to say, I was honestly very impressed by the article, and it’s gracious tone.

Although I am not a proponent of Christianity bending over backwards to compromise everything that is discovered in secular science, it would be very refreshing to live in a world where both young-earth Christians and Evolutionists (Christian and otherwise) could see the people behind the ideology, and treat them with love and respect. This would bring a whole new level of civility into the ce-debate that has never been there before (at least in recent memory).

Thanks for posting this! Your thoughts?