Стивен Пинкер (Steven Pinker)


 

 

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р. 18 сентября 1954

Американский психолог, популяризатор науки; атеист.



Стивен Пинкер (Steven Pinker) Стивен Пинкер (Steven Pinker) "The problem with the religious solution [for mysteries such as consciousness and moral judgments] was stated by Mencken when he wrote, 'Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.' For anyone with a persistent intellectual curiosity, religious explanations are not worth knowing because they pile equally baffling enigmas on top of the original ones. What gave God a mind, free will, knowledge, certainty about right and wrong? How does he infuse them into a universe that seems to run just fine according to physical laws? How does he get ghostly souls to interact with hard matter? And most perplexing of all, if the world unfolds according to a wise and merciful plan, why does it contain so much suffering? As the Yiddish expression says, If God lived on earth, people would break his window."
Из книги Пинкера The Meaning of Life.


PARTICIPANT: [...] someone has your picture on a "Deist" web site with your endorsement of that movement. Is it true? Are you Deist or Atheist?

PINKER: I vaguely remember saying something encouraging to someone who called himself a deist -- the referent of "deism" (i.e., something that isn't "theism") that it would be hard to object to explicitly. But I certainly don't believe there is some mysterious godlike presence everywhere, if that is what "deism" is taken to be.

September 02, 2003 booktalk.org, chat transcript.


Q: You are an atheist, although less strident about it than your fellow evolutionary scientist Richard Dawkins. Do you ever worry that by pitting Darwin vs. God, mano a mano, evolutionists are encouraging Creationism, since an awful lot of Americans would pick God if forced to choose?

A: My criticism of religion in "The Blank Slate" was defensive, meant to counter the argument that morality can only come from a belief in a soul that accepts God's purpose and is rewarded or punished in an afterlife. I think the evidence suggests that this doctrine is false both logically and factually. I don't make a point of criticizing religion in general. Some hard-headed biologists and evolutionary theorists believe that an abstract conception of a divine power is consistent with conventional Darwinism.

From an October 30, 2002 interview with Steve Sailer for UPI:


"I never outgrew my conversion to atheism at 13, but at various times was a serious cultural Jew."
1999 Guardian interview.



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