“Science works whether you believe in it or not.” — Herb Silverman
I saw that quote in a piece by Herb Silverman at the Washington Post. You should read it, it makes a lot of sense. It’s basically about the natural (some would call it supernatural) disaster in Haiti.
I’m will be quoting that line a lot from now on I think.
There does exist a person, or persons, I would imagine, who would want to argue that quote I suppose. If one of them pop up, I’ll take it from there.
In the mean time, my opinion is that: well, I’m not sure which parts of faith works at all, while science, it tends to work all the time. What people need to consider about ‘faith’ working is that, yes, sometimes it looks like it’s working. Sometimes you get what you want. There is nothing miraculous about it. The key is to get it to work repeatedly, reliably and predictably. When you can demonstrate ‘faith’ working like that, well, then it becomes science, because that is what science is. And science works, whether you believe in it or not.
Hemant wrote a post on this yesterday, check it out here: http://friendlyatheist.com/2010/01/21/whose-fault-was-the-haitian-earthquake/