The 60’s is perhaps my favorite musical era. Sadly, one of that era’s musical greats, Reg Presley who founded and fronted for The Troggs, has passed away after succumbing to cancer.
Reg had a strange interest in the paranormal, Crop Circles and UFO’s, and even wrote a book about it, but like most people, we all have our little quirks. Who knows, he may be designing the mother of all crop circle somewhere in his beloved Hampshire, and plotting to prove us skeptics all wrong.
The Troggs will be perhaps be remembered most for that all-time classic Wild Thing, but With A Girl Like You, is my personal favorite.
Take it away Reg… or should I say thanks for leaving this wonderful testament of your genius behind, for us all to enjoy in perpetuity.
While viewing some old videos posted on the thesciencenetwork website, about a discussion program, held at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in November 2006, I came across an interesting quote about science and religion.
Entitled Beyond Belief: Science, Reason, Religion & Survival, the program featured several well known scientists, skeptics, atheists and apologists alike. The quote I’m referring to was made by prominent physicist and Nobel laureate, Steven Weinberg:
Science does not make it impossible to believe in God. It just makes it possible to NOT believe in God.
The connotations from this simple quote are really thought-provoking:
Science does not advocate that one may not believe in a god
Science in not concerned with proving or disproving the existence of a god
Science provides one with the tools (through reasoning, logic and critical thinking among others) to deduce through lack of evidence, that a god may not exist
Science compels one to arrive at the above conclusion, but does not compel one to believe through any form of coercion
There is no imperative to choose one or the other
One other thing that stood out for me in Professor Weinberg’s presentation was the reference he made to influence in science: science does not have any authority figure or prophet, rather science has experts and heroes.