Don’t assume that “religious = conservative” and “scientific = liberal.”
Science and rationality are great for knowing what is. But if we want to know what to do, we need more.
The greatest distinction between facts and values is that facts don’t spur us to action. Values do.
Two fascinating presentations about science and religion from two experts in the field — Dr. Jennifer Wiseman and Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson.
Very often, when we talk about values, we want to talk about simple right and wrong — we should be good stewards of the earth, or remember that we have a responsibility to help those in need, or ensure that every human being has certain rights. But while some values are about simple right and wrong, in truth, the vast majority are actually about costs and benefits.