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How to Make Scientists Cringe: Compliment Their Faith

If the New York Times was looking to stir up debate, it couldn't have done better than printing this op-ed piece from Paul Davies, director of a research center at Arizona State University. Davies makes the case that "both religion and science are founded on faith — namely, on belief in the existence of something outside the universe, like an unexplained God or an unexplained set of physical laws," according to the essay.

Naturally, any claim that science is driven by faith is sure to rankle a good number of people in the scientific community. Here's a blog post from Alex Palazzo at Harvard Medical School. Not only does he take Davies to task, but he seems to take great delight in dissecting the essay and pointing out its weaknesses and flaws. "Don't tell us that we practice witchcraft," he concludes.

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