Friday, January 07, 2011

Feynman on science, religion, and communism

Here is a fun talk that Feynman gave on May 2nd, 1956, at Caltech. Obviously, it's read by a Feynman fan, not Feynman himself:



Transcript is here...




Around 12:00 in the first part, he discusses why communism is the opposite of science because it has no tools to adjust the direction. The debate is always over. You may replace "communism" by "global warming" and get an equally valid appraisal.

Feynman divides religion to several aspects and only finds discrepancies in the metaphysical aspect; the ethical and inspirational aspects of religion will remain largely untouched - except...

His comments about the pillars of the Western civilization are not unsimilar to many comments your humble correspondent would say half a century later - and I am sure that many of you will agree with him, too.

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