Posolstvo a viera Martina Gardnera

May 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

Prezentácia o už zosnulom Martinovi Gardnerovi (1914-2010), filozofovi vedy a kúzelníkovi, známeho pre svoje knihy o matematike, skepticizme a náboženstve, a taktiež jedného z ľudí, ktorí stáli na začiatku Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) (10.4.2014):

Pozri aj:
The Brainteaser: ‘Undiluted Hocus-Pocus,’ by Martin Gardner (The New York Times; 3.1.2014)
Martin Gardner obituary (The Guardian; 27.5.2010)
Martin Gardner 1914–2010: Founder of the Modern Skeptical Movement (Skeptic; 26.5.2010)
Martin Gardner: 1914-2010 (The Guardian; 25.5.2010)
On Gardner and Immortality (Rationally Speaking; 25.5.2010)

Obdivovaný všetkými svojmi prominentnými kolegami sa zároveň líšil od nich otvoreným prehlásením svojej osobnej viery. Gardner bol fideistom, tj. jeho verzia bola založená na ‘skoku viery’ bez nutných argumentov. Vo svojej knihe The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener (1983) má aj kapitoly ‘Why I Do Not Believe God’s Existence Can Be Demonstrated’ a ‘Why I am Not an Atheist’. Michael Shermer zhŕňa jeho uvažovanie takto:

“Martin Gardner, the skeptics’ skeptic, calls himself a fideist, a philosophical theist who says credo consolans — I believe because it is consoling. Given a metaphysical problem impossible to resolve through science and reason (like the existence of God), says Gardner, it is acceptable to make a leap of faith. These are hardly fighting words.”

James Randi sa o ňom raz vyjadril nasledovne:

“When I questioned him on the subject he told me that he had no really good evidence to support his belief, but that it simply made him feel better to adopt it. He said that I — and other curmudgeons — had far better evidence for our convictions, but that he just felt more secure in his acceptance. He admitted — easily — that he could not convincingly argue his case… That was Martin, and I love him for being Martin.”

Carlovi Saganovi doplnil odpoveď o toto:

“My faith rests entirely on desire. However, the happiness it brings is not like the momentary glow that follows a second martini. It’s a lasting escape from the despair that follows a stabbing realization that you and everyone else are soon to vanish utterly from the universe.”

Sám Gardner napísal o tom aj tento odstavec:

“The leap of faith, in its inner nature, remains opaque. I understand it as little as I understand the essence of a photon. Any of the elements I listed earlier as possible causes of belief, along with others I failed to list, may be involved in God’s way of prompting the leap. I do not know, I do not know! At the beginning of the leap, as at the beginning of all decisions, is the mystery of free will, a mystery which for me is inseparable from the mysteries of time and causality, and the mystery of the will of God.”


Entry filed under: ■ Gardner, Martin, Božia existencia, Kritické myslenie, Prednáška / Prezentácia.

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