How can we judge the decision-making ability of a politician who is running for high office? Sure, we have his or her voting record, some idea of what their policies would be, and, of course, what they tell us they will do once in office. All of this information is nice, but what does it really tell us about how they would process information, in this complex world we live in, where things are seldom black-and-white, and what criteria they would use to make decisions that effect us all?
We would hope they would be capable of weighing empirical, although sometimes conflicting current data, and have the ability to arrive at a conclusion through some form of rational analysis. After all, that’s the best we can really hope for in a fellow human being in the 21st century, that his or her decisions be based upon 21st century information. Continue reading
In a new post this week, the Fundamental Baptist Information Service (FBIS) has a stern warning for those Baptist parents who might have children interested in science fiction, it is simply: “Stop them before they take up thinking!” Several of my favorite science fiction authors are singled out for specific damnation, including my favorite human being, Carl Sagan:
“Take CARL SAGAN, for example. His best-selling sci-fi novel Contact was made into a movie. Sagan was one of the high priests of atheistic evolution. In his novel he has the main character debating two preachers and saying, “There is no compelling evidence that God exists.” In 1997 Sagan said, “I share the view of a hero of mine, Albert Einstein: ‘I cannot conceive of a god who rewards and punishes his creatures or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves. Neither can I–nor would I want to–conceive of an individual that survives his physical death. Let feeble souls, from fear or absurd egotism, cherish such thoughts’” (Parade, March 10, 1997).”
I had the good fortune to meet and spend an all-too-brief time with Dr. Sagan, and I can attest he was everything this ninny said he was – and more! Another of my personal hero’s, Isaac Asimov was also singled out in the piece: Continue reading