IMO, science and religion should be INTEGRATED to compliment the weakness of the other.
Science = fails to realize that there are other things that exist that cannot be seen by the five senses. Such as the soul, and things like chakra, chi, psychic ability, etc. Science (at today's level) limits itself to the physical state.
Religion (traditional) = has all kinds of limiting factors. For instance, in Catholicism, the 1st commandment is ‘thou shall not have any gods other than me’. Under that sin, it is a sin to seek knowledge and try to believe in the occult. Why? Why is gaining knowledge sinful? I remember a time discussing with a priest about articles that contradict the Catholic faith. Instead of offering valid counterarguments, all I got was ‘you shouldnt read that garbage!’
Instead of bickering which one is right and wrong, why not integrate those two fields into one?
God knows what new technologies will we arrive at.
whoa, sorry, but integrating science and religion is a VERY bad idea…
think about it, what is science?
scientists observe nature, then pose questions: how does this work?
then they form hypotheses, make experiments and create theories, etc. in order to come up with the answers.
by understanding the natural laws, science is able to invent working technologies based on nature.
you say that science “fails to realize that there are other things that exist that cannot be seen by the five senses”.
thats not true. science doesn't fail to realize them at all.
what about things like radioactivity, etc.? there are a lot of things that can't be seen, or heard or felt, but science still managed to prove them and even make use of them.
scientists also looked into stuff like chi, psychic abilities, poltergeists, etc countless times.
actually, almost everyday there are cases where these kinds of things are reported and tested. the media often makes a big thing out of it, however, not even once was anything supernatural found.
they all could either be explained by natural means or there was not enough information to test anything at all.
so many people claim that they have psychic abilities, but when it comes to testing them, they suddenly have a bad day…
so how would you integrate religion and science into one?
if you put religion into science, it would vaporize since it can't stand up to the scientific methods.
if you put science into religion, well, then nothing would happen anymore. religion is not an evolving field, its static and absolute, so science would simply stop: “we know that god did it, so why should we question it?” XD
no new technologies in this case :( .
on topic: i must say i really wonder why so many people still want to believe in a god (from a scientific point of view).
i tried it, but it just does not make any sense.
we perfectly know that the earth is not the centre of the universe.
we also know that the earth hasn't been made specifically for humans.
but humans have developed egos and have become pretty arrogant.
by claiming that god made humans in his (!) image we were basically saying: “humans stand above all other life forms”.
man, how egocentric…
if you think about it, its natural for humans to come up with “gods”, because we are in awe of nature and just want to know everything - and if we can't explain things, we make 'em up.
every culture has come up with their own creation stories and god-designs.
yet, some still believe that “our story is real and the million others are blasphemy”!
and then comes ID… oh man, what a joke.
is the theory of evolution complete? surely not.
has the theory of evolution mistakes? possible.
is evolution true? you can bet your ass on it :D .
how can people look at the theory of evolution, find points that are unclear (yet) and then simply say: thats naturaly impossible! GOD MUST HAVE DONE THIS!!
if there was the least bit of evidence for something that could not have occured naturally (NOT arguments of ignorance like irreducable complexity), THEN we should start thinking seriously about something like intelligent design, because otherwise it can only act as a science-stopper.
religion (and mythology) can be a nice thing, but there really is no room for it in science.