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"Voodoo" is maybe not the right word

I'm presently reading a (post?)cyberpunk novel, Richard K Morgan's Broken Angels. Like William Gibson's Count Zero and others in the genre, voodoo, its practitioners, and its beliefs are an element of the plot and setting. I haven't got the faintest idea about the religion, not even what its proper name is. What should I read / watch to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by 4th number on May 20, 2016 - 10 answers

Recommended reading on religion and natural laws?

I am a scientifically-minded person who is trying to sort out my religious beliefs. I think it would be helpful to read some debates between deism, atheism, pantheism (Spinozism), and/or a scientifically-grounded theism. Can anyone recommend me books or essays that discuss these topics in ways that are engaging, well-thought-out, and thorough? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Mar 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Education as Heresy in the Middle Ages

Did the Catholic Church actively suppress literacy and education during the Middle Ages, or was it simply a byproduct of the era? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 4, 2012 - 28 answers

I need an amazing book on the philosophy of science that will get my juices flowing

I want to learn more about the philosophy of science, the validation of its methods, its relation to faith and our core existence, its weaknesses, its controversies, its fundamental warps and wefts into the fabric of our society. [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on May 3, 2012 - 32 answers

Looking for stories of space programs interacting with religion.

I'm stories of ways in which space programs from around the world have interacted with religion and ancient myth. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Interfaith sci fi for 7th graders?

Looking for suggestions for a novel for Jewish/Christian 7th graders that explores religion-- extra points for sci fi! [more inside]
posted by akabobo on May 29, 2011 - 31 answers

Has there ever been a documented case of someone being killed in the name of peer-reviewed science?

Has there ever been a documented case of someone being killed in the name of peer-reviewed science? [more inside]
posted by mister-m on Jan 21, 2011 - 31 answers

How > Why

They say that science takes care of the "how", and religion takes care of the "why"... What I want to know is, do "how" and "why" have equal philosophical footing? [more inside]
posted by klanawa on May 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Science vs. Religion

A lively discussion has come to a screeching halt, but I don't want it to. Help me continue the debate! [more inside]
posted by tdreyer on Feb 5, 2010 - 25 answers

Remembering the name of a scifi book

I'm trying to remember the name of a sci-fi book. I read it like 10 years ago, so my memory of it's a bit fuzzy. One of the major topics was something about the religion of science. I remember a guy who was able to trick people, a traveling salesman of sorts, who sold someone a machine that turned lead into gold. The machine actually worked, but would stop working after he got away with his money. I don't *think* I'm imagining this book, but who knows...
posted by Political Funny Man on Nov 11, 2009 - 5 answers

A mystery in the window of a pickup truck

What could be causing an image of Jesus to appear in this man's truck window? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Nov 4, 2009 - 23 answers

What solids other than water float on their liquid forms?

Are there any substances, other than water, where the solid form is less dense than the liquid? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Feb 20, 2007 - 19 answers

Is my belief in science more scientific than your belief in God?

How is my belief that the world is round any more scientific than someone else's belief that a benevolent deity listens to her prayers? (I know this may seem chatty or open-ended, but I have a feeling that there is a neat argument out there that would wrap up this question for me, and meanwhile I'm in a bit of philosophical crisis about it.) [more inside]
posted by CrunchyGods on Dec 4, 2006 - 60 answers

Is there a good reference for the standard evolution vs. creationism arguments?

Is there a good reference for the standard evolution vs. creationism arguments? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Nov 21, 2006 - 18 answers

90% of scientific basis is wrong? wtf, please.

My religion prof. tried to tell our class that there was a 'scholar' who did research and came up with the claim that 90% of the presumptions upon which current science is based are wrong. Where can I find who said this so that I can find a rebuttle saying it is crap?
posted by ackeber on Oct 10, 2006 - 24 answers

Dealing with the long term effects of childhood religious indoctrination

I was raised as a christian scientist, meaning no medicine, no doctors and I was not even allowed to believe that any physical symptom of illness or injury I might have was real. Needless to say such beliefs have not promoted a healthy self awareness, self image or even much of an instinct for self-preservation. I also had some persistent medical problems as a child that went untreated. [more inside]
posted by gallois on Mar 18, 2006 - 8 answers

Prognostication: the future should I.D. "win"

What do you think is going to happen to the USA if "Intelligent Design" is successfully placed into the science curriculum? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Oct 10, 2005 - 48 answers

Conflict between science and religion/traditional beliefs.

I am looking for cross-cultural examples of conflict between science and religion/traditional beliefs. [more inside]
posted by Tallguy on May 3, 2005 - 16 answers

Fiction dealing with religion & science with nature & ecology

I just got done reading Ishmael by Daniel Quinn for class. Now, I have to find a book that also deals with nature in the same regard to read (ie, we're destroying it- go fix it! Though it could be how nature is ours to control and we should actually exploit it more). Preferable, though not necessary, for my own pleasure would be something that intertwines religion and science with nature (from a negative or positive standpoint) into the book.
posted by jmd82 on Sep 8, 2004 - 15 answers

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