joel primack

thefoxninja17  asked:

As a Christian, how have you responded to the people who try to disprove and denounce your faith with science and evolution?

Calmly.

I don’t agree with the belief that science and faith cannot coexist. Yes, many of the greatest minds in history never practiced religion, however, just as many of the greatest minds did. These minds did not believe their faith contradicted what they studied from the world around them, and these individuals have greatly impacted the way we study the world. Max Planck? Issac Newton? Lord Kelvin? The very men we name units of measurement after? They believed in God. In fact, many of them became stronger believers the MORE science marched forwards.

“In the last few years astronomy has come together so that we’re now able to tell a coherent story of how the universe began. This story does not contradict God, but instead enlarges [the idea of] God.”

Joel Primack, co-developer of the cold dark matter theory

However, I also believe that denying science is just as narrow-minded and arrogant as denouncing religion as intellectually stagnant. I believe that is completely disrespectful towards those individuals who have dedicated their lives towards the noble goal of understanding the world around us. Yes, some scientists are arrogant and dishonest, but every group has some of those kinds of people so let’s not paint in broad strokes. Scientists put a lot of work into what they do; show them some appreciation.

“The vast majority of the mass in the universe is completely invisible. It’s not made of atoms – in fact it’s not even made of the things that atoms are made of: protons, neutrons, and electrons. It’s something completely different.”

– Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics, UC Santa Cruz

[Calvin and Hobbes was created by the wonderful Bill Waterson]

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Joel Primack: Dark Matter Reveals the Structure of the Universe

We know that the dark matter has to be pretty cold - moving so slowly that its motion hardly matters - and that allows us to predict in great detail the large scale structure of the universe.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler, Elizabeth Rodd, and Dillon Fitton

via Big Think.