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Geneva
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posted 15 March 2007 06:53 AM      Profile for Geneva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Charles Taylor again at the forefront of Canadian social thought:
http://tinyurl.com/2fy35u

Charles Taylor, 75, Canada's pre-eminent philosopher, yesterday was awarded the world's largest annual monetary prize -- more than $1.8-million -- to explore the roots of violence and the role played by language and linguistics in mankind's grasp of God.

He is the first Canadian to receive the Templeton Prize since it was established in 1972 by Sir John Templeton, an American-born British billionaire, money manager and philanthropist fascinated by spirituality and the intersection of science and religion.

In May, Prince Philip will formally bestow the award on him at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

The McGill University emeritus professor of philosophy told a news conference yesterday in New York, where the award was announced, that there's an urgent need for new insight into the human propensity for violence, one that takes "full account of the human striving for meaning and spiritual direction, of which the appeals to violence are a perversion."

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M. Spector
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posted 15 March 2007 09:10 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
What a joke!

This Templeton guy had more money than brains.

His foundation has been handing out these millions mostly to practitioners on the fringe of science in order to finance vague and nebulous topics relating to science and religion.

Not one of these grants has ever resulted in any useful research.


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unionist
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posted 15 March 2007 11:35 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by M. Spector:
Not one of these grants has ever resulted in any useful research.

Surely you would make an exception for the Rev. Billy Graham?


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N.R.KISSED
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posted 15 March 2007 12:12 PM      Profile for N.R.KISSED     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Not one of these grants has ever resulted in any useful research.

Yeah why would anyone want to be trying to understand violence when they could be doing something really useful like designing nuclear weapons, zyclon B, Agent orange, or missle shields.


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posted 15 March 2007 01:04 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I really wish cynics would just shut up for one day. It'd be great.
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M. Spector
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posted 15 March 2007 02:22 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I did one day.

I guess you missed it.


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Papal Bull
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posted 15 March 2007 03:41 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by M. Spector:
I did one day.

I guess you missed it.


I'm pessimistic at best


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Geneva
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posted 16 March 2007 01:51 AM      Profile for Geneva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
hmmm... wacky science?
judge for yourself:

http://www.templetonprize.org/bios_recent.html

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Snuckles
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posted 16 March 2007 03:38 AM      Profile for Snuckles   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
The Templeton Foundation did fund a number of projects and people behind the intelligent design movement a few years ago. But then they came to the realisation that ID is more political than scientific and have since gone on to distance themselves from it.

Also see, The Case of the Missing Book: Setting the Record Straight on William Dembski, the Templeton Foundation, and Intelligent Design

Templeton Answers Dembski

The Templeton Foundation Distances Itself from "Intelligent Design"

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M. Spector
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posted 16 March 2007 06:34 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Geneva:
hmmm... wacky science?
judge for yourself:

Thank you. I have.

None of these people used their Templeton money to produce any "Progress Toward Research or Discoveries About Spiritual Realities."

None.


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Geneva
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posted 16 March 2007 07:21 AM      Profile for Geneva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
viewed from London:
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article2359078.ece

Charles Taylor, 75, who won the Templeton Prize, and 800,000, yesterday, says lessons could be learned from terrorist acts, including the July 7 London bombings, if society focused more on understanding the role of spirituality - and how it can be misappropriated by extremists.

Professor Taylor, from Montreal, investigates people's desire to seek meaning and spiritual direction, and how this quest can sometimes end in violence. He says relying on a secular analysis of human behaviour has led Western nations to faulty conclusions and that spiritual examination is needed to combat the likes of al-Qa'ida.

"I think the reason why young children turn to violent in Gaza City is not just through socio-economic factors but also through the meaninglessness of their lives," he said yesterday. "They feel no purpose and people come along and offer them a 'cause'.

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M. Spector
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posted 16 March 2007 07:43 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I'm sure we're going to learn a great deal from the 800,000 worth of research Dr. Taylor will be doing on the spiritual and existential angst of the children of Gaza City.
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Michelle
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posted 16 March 2007 11:55 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
As much as it offends people, there are always going to be people who want to study philosophy, religion, and science. And there will always be people who study the philosophy of science (which I would consider one of the humanities, along with religion).

This is basically a philosophy of science and philosophy of religion prize, and both subjects are humanities. So, it's not an applied science prize. And not everyone studies applied science, or even social sciences, as much as many of us might wish otherwise.

BTW, I'm going to move this to "humanities and science" since that would be a better forum for it, I think.


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