Astus wrote:Among the many options to choose from about how to look at the relationship between Buddhism and science, to take a Buddhist position we should rather look at the relevance and effectiveness of scientific ideas on the Way. There are many aspects to investigate for sure.
Yikes! I hope you aren't saying that you think that science is some great evil enemy of religion like some infectious virus! Speaking of infectious memes, your use of the word "Way" is a reference to Taoism which shows that Buddhism has always absorbed some influences from its environment while staying true to its core principles.
The Dalai Lama takes the opposite position and has embraced science for decades. Here's a famous quote by HHDL:
"If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false," he says, "then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=5008565
But Buddhists shouldn't feel threatened by this because karma and rebirth are beyond what science can observe (although this obviously doesn't help us persuade any scientists).
Here's another quote from HHDL from the same webpage:
"My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science, so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation."
I think that scholars and scientists who explore the common ground between science and Buddhism are doing humanity a great service, as I believe that it would foolish for any modern person to ignore either science or Buddhism.