So for those who don't know there is an Alan Partridge movie coming out this year in August, co-starring Chief O'Brien. I'm curious as to see if Alan Partridge can remain funny for at least 90 minutes (though to be fair Steve Coogan is a genius.) For those curious here is the trailer.
Are there any Alan Partridge fans out there on Giant Bomb? If not go start with Knowing me Knowing you with Alan Partridge and continue from there.
The greatest irony I find in all this is just how close those who hold scientific beliefs are to those that hold religious ones. Now, I will say in full disclosure, that yes, I am a Christian. That being said, I don't think all science is evil or anything. There are some theories I don't agree with(such as macroevolution), but I think plenty of other areas of the topic are fine.
Anyway, essentially, for athiests(just the general term I'm using here, though not necessarily all who hold deep scientific beliefs should be classified as such), science is their God. One of the main, common complaints for the Bible is the fact that it was just written by a bunch of guys 2,000 years ago, therefore it's impossible to consider it as anything other than a storybook. Yet, here's the thing: the same fallible species that wrote the Bible(along with other texts), is the same species that made all of these scientific theories. It's fallible man, doing fallible tests, and creating fallible evidence. It requires just as much faith to believe that they are correct as it does to believe the Bible or anything else is correct.
This is further supported by the zealous devotion to such topics as this. The fact that when a scientific person/atheists/whatever hears something that goes against science, their first instinct is to bristle up just as a religious person would to something that goes against their beliefs. The idea that things like the belief in Creationism needs to be weeded out to further advance the species is no different than how many accuse those who try to convert others to their religions as acting. Though the atheist may use different words, different notions, they still are generally in the same ball park.
So, essentially, what I'm getting at is that there is no room for elitism and a condescending tone here, on either side of the fence. There's far more similarities between our ideas and beliefs than perhaps we would like to think, and we need to learn how to have open dialogues without trying to tear down the other side. Instead, we should try to better understand each other, even if neither side will budge from their views.
Except it isn't just the scribblings of a few men it is the work of a vast sum of people testing and re-testing hypothesis to create the body of evidence that we have today. To compare a belief in religion to a belief in science is completely ridiculous. Evolution is a (yes even macro evolution) creationism is .
Really nice article Alex. Even if some of the criticism comes from mismanaged expectations, I think it's fantastic a game has sparked this much conversation. So far, Bioshock Infinite is my personal GOTY, but there will definitely be some fantastic competition later this year. It's very exciting!
I'm still waiting for the inevitable Fox News story.
HEADLINE " Not only are video games promoting violence, now their teaching our children to be racist."
We may have them on our side yet! Even if it is for the wrong reasons...