Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Gilead", appeared on "The Daily Show" last night to discuss "Absence of Mind," her new non-fiction book on the conflict between science and religion.
Robinson maintains that science and religion should not be as much at odds as they are today, and that the conflict between them has developed relatively recently. There should not be such a clear-cut division between science and religion, Robinson said, explaining that both religion and science push against the limits of language and understanding. We should consider them together rather than completely separately, she asserted.
"At this point in time," Robinson said, "we need the best in science from science, and the best in science from religion." But we're not getting that: scientists are "not being scientific" in their disregard for religion, she explained. "I don't think that it's scientific to proceed from the study of ants to a conclusion about the nature of the cosmos."