“Science vs. Religion: Mayim Bialik and the OTHER Big Bang Theory” Ep. 4, Season 2

http://JewintheCity.com BBT star, Mayim Bialik, asks JITC how she can reconcile the science she’s studied with the Jewish beliefs she holds dear. JITC’s wig …
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25 Comments

  1. maeburekaiser March 21, 2013 4:58 am 

    But sometimes the how and why goes hand in hand. We know why we feel fear, anger, love, sadness, and yes even awe. Awe is a mix of fear and pleasure. We know what causes it and, by extrapolation, can find why.

    Think of it as cautious curiosity or the fascination with something that is beyond us in scope. It could be a work of great engineering or the vastness of space. We know we are lesser, but we still seek to explore and understand.

    Doing so requires taking risk,? which provides reward.

  2. NDRonin1401 March 21, 2013 4:25 am 

    Fair enough. To each his own. I have no problem with religion unless the followers become overzealous and start bothering other people.
    You choose to see a plan, I choose to look at history and deduce that religion is what mankind has developed to deal with its inability to answer the age old question “why?”
    Just like you said “why bother?”
    From the moment you start accepting that? you’ll never know the answer, religion becomes unimportant in your life.

  3. jewinthecity March 21, 2013 3:34 am 

    the Torah doesn’t mention the shape of the earth or its position in the universe. HOWEVER, Maimonides – wrote in the 12th century that the creation account is not meant to be taken completely literally. another 12th century rabbi? – Nachmanides essentially writes about the Big Bang Theory! google “Nachmanides” and “Big Bang Theory.” also google “Age of the Universe” Aryeh Kaplan to see another rabbi from the 12th century Yitzchak de min Acco who calculates a 15 billion year old universe!

  4. Bo Lee March 21, 2013 3:06 am 

    Nothing in the Torah or in the Bible for Christians says anything to invalidate things like the Big Bang Theory. Who are we to say that God couldn’t? use that to do his work?

  5. 7trendsetter March 21, 2013 2:25 am 

    So how exactly did plants grow without a sun? You are familiar with the laws of thermodynamics are you not? And how about photosynthesis without a sun?? How did that work exactly?

  6. AMomentOfClarity2011 March 21, 2013 2:23 am 

    Georges was an engineer and a physicist as well as a christian you know, it MIGHT have more to do with his academic interest than his religious? interest when he first proposed the BBT idea. He told the pope that his discovery was NOT religious in nature, but scientific and asked the pope not to make the mistake in making it an article of faith.

  7. baphomet257 March 21, 2013 1:35 am 

    Religious texts are not science books. Science books are not religious texts. Reading science as allegories and metaphors for deeper emotional and developmental advice won’t work out well — they are meant to be read at face value. Reading a religious text at face value, without trying to understand the deeper allegorical and historically contextual revelations that text is intended to convey leads? to the doorstep of the Westboro Baptist Church.

    If you read well, there’s no issue.

  8. TheOJDrinker March 21, 2013 1:18 am 

    Wait… a neuroscientist playing a neurobiologist on tv? it’s the end of the world!?

  9. dhwyll March 21, 2013 1:00 am 

    But the order in which the creation was made as presented in the Torah isn’t accurate. It puts flowering? plants before insects when it’s the other way around, for example.

  10. jewinthecity March 21, 2013 12:17 am 

    Great question – if you watch the video again, you’ll notice that the rabbi I quote – Maimonides – talked about a non-literal reading almost 1000 years ago! This is an old tradition. I agree, if people had just changed what they believed after the BBT or evolution were discovered it would not be very compelling. If you look up Aryeh Kaplan “Age of the Universe” on SimpletoRemeber there’s a PDF copy of this short book online . This rabbi/physicist explains? the issues in more detail.

  11. gatordolphin007 March 21, 2013 12:13 am 

    perception is reality, until reality is perceived.? Are we so self-centered as a human race to believe that creation cannot be true if we cannot comprehend the details?

  12. jewinthecity March 21, 2013 12:11 am 

    true – it also has plants before the sun! but it’s not like we haven’t noticed these issues. check out “the challenge of creation” by natan slifkin – you can? get it on his site zootorah

  13. jewinthecity March 20, 2013 11:45 pm 

    you are competely correct!? but it’s not like we haven’t noticed these issues. check out “the challenge of? creation” by natan slifkin – you can get it on his site zootorah. he addresses these points and more.

  14. Canoots March 20, 2013 11:02 pm 

    Just wondering what is your first name? Just curious, BTW love the? video.

  15. FMJman2 March 20, 2013 10:56 pm 

    Thanks for the vid even if in all honsty I just came to watch Mayim. I think that your lessons here can be? translated to other religions as well. I am an athiest but believing is not the same thing as loving….

  16. jewinthecity March 20, 2013 10:04 pm 

    thanks! it’s Allison.?

  17. ivanvann77 March 20, 2013 9:27 pm 

    Most people mock what they don’t understand. ? Any fool can be a skeptic. Stay Vigilant in your beliefs. This video was both entertaining and informative. Thank you.

  18. Calucifer13 March 20, 2013 9:13 pm 

    Maym is? so cute and funny.

  19. Canoots March 20, 2013 8:27 pm 

    Wow! I thought that was you. I recognized you in Mayim episode? of ‘What Not To Wear’.

  20. PAF12003 March 20, 2013 8:15 pm 

    There’s slot of faith in science. “The big bang theory” itself being a? theoretical explanation of Genesis 14.

  21. PAF12003 March 20, 2013 7:46 pm 

    slot=a lot . Spellchecker?

  22. Neithie March 20, 2013 7:03 pm 

    I love to view religion and science as two ways of explaining the same thing… people like to name things, forces in the world (such as God!), they like to have a visual image… which is why atheists, I suspect, are so obsessed with their flying spaghetti monster…
    I’m not a Jew… but I view us all as the same, honestly, we love and were created by the same God. I just grew up hearing about one of his messagers who was? created without a human male getting involved. :)

  23. Neithie March 20, 2013 6:06 pm 

    You are responsible for your own suffering or joy… as well as responsible for whether you inflict pain or pleasure on others. Both are there for you to choose… and both have consequences.
    Why blame the ‘chef’ for the two meals when? you’re the one who decides which one to pick up and try?

  24. productNine March 20, 2013 5:08 pm 

    Science can tell me how, but only God can show? me why

  25. Narrowgaugefilms March 20, 2013 4:53 pm 

    I think the problem is more ours than the Bible’s. At the time these writings were recorded it was a perfectly acceptable thing to tell a literal truth in a figurative story. Nobody ever asked to? meet the “people” in parables, for example. It was accepted that their reality wasn’t important: it was the lesson that mattered.

    Our culture demands notarized signatured and surveylance video before we accept anything!

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