Sunday, April 1, 2018

Philosophy Wire: Predictions from Science. Predictions from Religion. Not for the faint-hearted.


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2018-04-01]: Scientists predict that an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or greater will happen in the region of Constantinople (Gr. Κωνσταντινούπολη) in the coming years. The extent of such seismic threat to this Turkish city actually depends on how strongly the tectonic plates are entangled and on the exact nucleation point of the earthquake. A team of researchers now presents a study indicating that the next major earthquake is more likely to originate in eastern Marmara Sea. [1] Predictions from science are easy. You just see the data and repeat to the “ignorant” people that what has happened before will happen again. Predictions from religion on the other hand… these are not for the faint-hearted. Predictions from religion is about breaking the rules. It is about predicting how good will triumph when all you see is the opposite. It is about predicting that people will be good, when all you see is malice. It is about predicting the death of death, when all other people say otherwise. Because religion is based on the heart. And the heart can never be wrong. Because it does not need data to make predictions. It can formulate the Cosmos itself in order to make the predictions come true. Miracles defy predictions, in the sense that they shape their own rules. And being faithful in a cosmos so dark as this one is a miracle on its own. Let the candle burn inside your heart. You are the earthquake yourself!

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