Week 3 Discussion 1&2 Solved, No Plagiarism. Philosophy

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Discussion 1: Science and Religion: Cultural Traditions and Contemporary World Views

In many traditions—both monotheistic and polytheistic—that have arisen in the last 10,000 years, gods and goddesses have been anthropomorphized into human form. Yet, despite their physical and emotional similarities to humans, these gods are often relegated to realms above and below earth. In this way, humans project their own understanding of the world upon their deities, yet maintain a well-defined separation from them in order to preserve the unknowable nature of the Divine. In the conclusion of his book, Dr. Sharpe seeks to step past this separation. He raises the concept of seeing the world as a whole as a spiritual entity and science as a way of coming to know that entity better. Through this lens he ceases to see a conflict between the two subjects of Science and Spirituality.

 

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review this week’s readings in Chapter 7, Chapter 8, and Interlude 4 of the course text, which focus on Divine projections and scientific hypotheses about the Universe.
  • Consider the question of whether or not science is always objective, or if it has elements of subjectivity.
  • Reflect on some of the contemporary secular views about the environment and the world as a whole, and consider how thinkers from different scientific or spiritual traditions might react to these views.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 3

Post a 3- to 4-paragraph response describing your reaction to Dr. Sharpe’s conclusion. Analyze how different scientific and spiritual traditions connect with or differ from contemporary secular views about the world. Then, explain why you think Dr. Sharpe’s view of the Universe as a whole spiritual entity unto itself does, or does not, successfully bridge the gap between scientific and spiritual thinking. Support your assertions by making at least 2 references, in proper APA format, to your course readings.

Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources, or something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 5

Respond to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Validate an idea with your own experience.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

 

Discussion 2: Wonder and the “God Spot”

In the interview this week, Dr. Sharpe explores the relationship between science and the spirit, and discusses how the two realms can coexist with one another. One possible bridge between scientific and spiritual thinking consists of the so-called “God spot,” which Dr. Sharpe describes as the neurological drive to comprehend the “big picture” of the Universe. At the heart of this drive rests humanity’s wonder at the Universe, and this wonder is shared by both scientific and spiritual thinkers alike.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Listen to the Radio Laureate Interview with Dr. Kevin Sharpe: “The Role of Wonder,” in which Dr. Sharpe describes how Science and Religion can coexist.
  • Consider how the notion of “wonder” drives both scientific and spiritual thinkers to learn more about the Universe.
  • Reflect on how the scientific and spiritual fields might inform and influence one another rather than simply existing in conflict.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 4

Post a 2- to 3-paragraph response explaining how the drive to see the “big picture” of the Universe can still exist in an era dominated by scientific reductionism. Describe the role of wonder in both the spiritual and scientific realms, and explain how it might be possible for science to serve a spiritual function or for spiritual thinking to influence the direction of science.

Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources, or something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 6

Respond to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Validate an idea with your own experience.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

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Discussion 1: Science and Religion: Cultural Traditions and Contemporary World Views

In many traditions—both monotheistic and polytheistic—that have arisen in the last 10,000 years, gods and goddesses have been anthropomorphized into human form. Yet, despite their physical and emotional similarities to humans, these gods are often relegated to realms above and below earth. In this way, humans project their own understanding of the world upon their deities, yet maintain a well-defined separation from them in order to preserve the unknowable nature of the Divine. In the conclusion of his book, Dr. Sharpe seeks to step past this separation. He raises the concept of seeing the world as a whole as a spiritual entity and science as a way of coming to know that entity better. Through this lens he ceases to see a conflict between the two subjects of Science and Spirituality.

 

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review this week’s readings in Chapter 7, Chapter 8, and Interlude 4 of the course text, which focus on Divine projections and scientific hypotheses about the Universe.
  • Consider the question of whether or not science is always objective, or if it has elements of subjectivity.
  • Reflect on some of the contemporary secular views about the environment and the world as a whole, and consider how thinkers from different scientific or spiritual traditions might react to these views.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 3

Post a 3- to 4-paragraph response describing your reaction to Dr. Sharpe’s conclusion. Analyze how different scientific and spiritual traditions connect with or differ from contemporary secular views about the world. Then, explain why you think Dr. Sharpe’s view of the Universe as a whole spiritual entity unto itself does, or does not, successfully bridge the gap between scientific and spiritual thinking. Support your assertions by making at least 2 references, in proper APA format, to your course readings.

Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources, or something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 5

Respond to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Validate an idea with your own experience.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

 

Discussion 2: Wonder and the “God Spot”

In the interview this week, Dr. Sharpe explores the relationship between science and the spirit, and discusses how the two realms can coexist with one another. One possible bridge between scientific and spiritual thinking consists of the so-called “God spot,” which Dr. Sharpe describes as the neurological drive to comprehend the “big picture” of the Universe. At the heart of this drive rests humanity’s wonder at the Universe, and this wonder is shared by both scientific and spiritual thinkers alike.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Listen to the Radio Laureate Interview with Dr. Kevin Sharpe: “The Role of Wonder,” in which Dr. Sharpe describes how Science and Religion can coexist.
  • Consider how the notion of “wonder” drives both scientific and spiritual thinkers to learn more about the Universe.
  • Reflect on how the scientific and spiritual fields might inform and influence one another rather than simply existing in conflict.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 4

Post a 2- to 3-paragraph response explaining how the drive to see the “big picture” of the Universe can still exist in an era dominated by scientific reductionism. Describe the role of wonder in both the spiritual and scientific realms, and explain how it might be possible for science to serve a spiritual function or for spiritual thinking to influence the direction of science.

Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources, or something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 6

Respond to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Validate an idea with your own experience.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

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