What drives me as a scientist is to beat the unknown into a bloody pulp.
The unknown punches back in the form of monotony, funding woes and a tournament model only 1 in 100 PhD's win.
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I do see religion as a stepping stone, though not an entirely un-useful one. Afterall, some of the most important scientific minds have been people not only of faith but a keenly devout faith. Religion helped their reasoning to transcend, to think outside the box if you will, in pursuit of the sublime.
And also, true faith in the unknown does foster an understanding for many people that wouldn't be bothered with it otherwise. Sadly, the people that acknowledge and are comfortable with ambiguity aren't those that are the most outspoken, so this aspect is overshadowed. But, regardless, religious pursuit is part of our humanity, not for every individual but found in every culture on the planet, and I don't think we'll ever simply outgrow it.
Weak people need comfort when confronted with the fact that someday they will die alone.
There's nothing wrong with being spiritual and believing in a vague sense that things will be ok somehow. However, organized religion is more like "you have to live your life within these certain boundaries or things *won't* be ok," and that's bullshit.
No matter how you shape that box, if you put all of existince inside of a box that only exists in a specific way, then you're doing it wrong. You can't claim to know for certain the depth and character of the universe and still have an open mind about the empty spaces in it.
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