If there’s one thing bound to draw the pious and righteous away from their Bible study groups and into the mainstream, it’s a cosmology article in the Daily Mail. True to form, today’s article detailing Stephen Hawking’s new book, and more specifically his belief that postulating a Creator to explain the Universe’s beginnings is unnecessary, has attracted the usual mob of delusional, bible-thumping eccentrics.
Now don’t get me wrong, I support freedom of religion even though I don’t accept the idea of a personal God myself. And I don’t claim with 100% certainty that there is no God; although I think it’s highly improbable, to say ‘there is no God’ is to make fundamentalist claims. But why do certain religious sections of society have to persist in this relentless war against science? It’s a losing battle, science and religion are talking two different languages and as such there can be no argument between them. Smart religious people learnt long ago that the way forward is to incorporate the latest scientific findings into their belief systems. It’s hopeless to continue plugging your ears and denying what emerges from the scientific world, and it’s churlish to just dismiss the brightest, most eminent physicists as quacks.
But that’s exactly what happens time again when the finest inquiring minds advance their latest theories, and Hawking has not been spared the same treatment. Once again, down in the dank depths of the comments box, they’re queueing up around the block to criticise his genius, all insisting that they know better than the multiple award-winning physicist.
For example, Dave cares not for scientific accolades, and is keen to make it clear that the arrogant Mr Hawking and his followers need bringing down a peg or two:
Note the brazen disregard for the traditional ‘rules’ of spelling. Clearly, here is a man who makes his own path in life, and who won’t bow down to the accepted conventions of science or literacy.
Meanwhile, Jeff Morton has figured out where scientists have been going wrong all these years: they keep thinking clever thoughts with them brain thingamajiggies!:
Yeah, right on Jeff! Way to tell that fusty old Professor of Foolishness and his silly old ‘brain’, whatever that is.
Across the pond, Art is feeling in a sympathetic mood:
Poor, poor chap indeed. “What’s that you say Mr Hawking? M-theory? Oh, you and your wonderful imagination! Now come on Mr Hawking, have a sit down and a nice cup of tea, Countdown will be on in a mo.”
Unfortunately for Mr Hawking, Sandra isn’t feeling quite so sympathetic:
Yea… let’s leave it there shall we?
Hearteningly, each of the above comments, which range from the deranged to the downright disgusting (not mentioning any names Sandra), have been plonked firmly in the ‘red’ by fellow commenters. Not that that will deter them. Their delusions have placed them far beyond the reach of reason. All we can hope is that as brilliant minds like Stephen Hawking lead us ever closer towards the exciting frontier of knowledge, his detractors, like the antiquated ideas which underpin their criticism of him, will gradually fall away and leave us in peace.