Amy Levin: What happens when we give scientists the authority to speak about God? This was my first question when I discovered Jonathan Pararajasingham’s recent video compilation called “50 Famous Academics and Scientists Talk About God.” It’s posted on Open Culture and the list of those featured includes 16 Nobel prize winners, including a bundle of recognizable names like Richard Feynman, Steven Pinker, Oliver Sacks, Bertrand Russell, Stephen Hawking, and Leonard Susskind.
The montage is a hefty undertaking and a convenient exploration of some of the most fascinating personal belief talk around. It’s also dialogical candy for political atheists like Bill Maher and worshippers of Richard Dawkins. After all, who can argue with an orgy of scientific elitism on the question of objective truth? Continue Reading →