Last updated on November 20th, 2015
Professor Michael Reiss has quit as director of education at the Royal Society following the controversy over his recent comments on creationism.
All any of us humans should seek when trying to decide why, how, when and what we’re doing in this place, in this state of being (which we call ‘Alive’), is a matter for serious experimental research in combination with testable theories.
That’s all Richard Feynman ever wanted to do and it’s something we should ALL live by. He said;
“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong”
Feynman is saying that any theory should be testable by experiment to prove it’s validity, and that anyone should be able to do the test to either conform or deny it’s truth.
Furthermore, (as an adjunct to the quote above), he stated that if a theory was wrong – was always wrong, no matter who said it, no matter how many true theories they’d had previously and no matter what the status of the person and the heights of kudos they’d attained.
Now the bible has a theory of creation at the front. It should be testable with the same rules – and frankly, if you test the theory, it’s pants. It fails on all counts. It’s just an untestable theory, not fact at all.
Michael Reiss, for all his Phd qualifications, should have done this, and clearly didn’t, and doesn’t really belong in the organisation as his beliefs are completely at odds with the aims of the Society.
It’s a shame it’s taken this long to wheedle him out as he’s been in the job for years, but false prophets from their own mouths are condemned.
I feel I’m in good company after reading this from Richard Dawkins.