Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hicks on Galileo

Stephen Hicks has another interesting piece at his website this week.  This time it's a brief historical exploration of Galileo's defense of rationality and science against the prevailing religious doctrines of his time.  Here's a justifiably famous quote of Galileo's:
“But I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them. He would not require us to deny sense and reason in physical matters which are set before our eyes and minds by direct experience or necessary demonstrations.”
Even though the post is short, it's direct, insightful, and interesting.  In other words, a typical Hicks effort.