A diverse group of Notre Dame professors gathered Tuesday to defend their respective majors as the most useful tool to rebuild society if the world ended today.Now, that sounds a lot of fun, doesn't it? :)
Since we're concerned about physics, let's see what the physics representative had to say:
Michael Hildreth, associate professor of physics, argued the merits of his field and said physics helps mankind at the most basic level, such as producing flame. Hildreth lit a piece of paper on fire in the debate to illustrate his point.I'm certain there's a lot more to this than what has been reported. For example, here's the one for theology:
In addition, he said technology allows civilization to grow and thrive, and increasing technological progress has accelerated due to discoveries in the physics realm.
Hildreth said physics contributed to the development of the transistor that enabled the creation of computer chips, like those found in the iPhone.
Associate professor Gabriel Reynolds, a faculty member in the Department of Theology, grounded his argument for theology on a letter he found earlier in his office.So guess which major the students voted as the most USEFUL? (Remember that word). They voted for THEOLOGY!
"What if every single person is precious to God?" he said, citing the letter. "Wouldn't it be cool if people discovered this God who cared so much that he cried for them? Wouldn't it be hopeful having this knowledge?
"I'm going to pursue the study of the real light of the world."
Really? Useful? To do what? Feed your soul? Let's see how long you can stay alive by simply feeding your soul!
Regardless of the merit that each of the majors have, at some point, one also needs to wonder on whether these types of debates are dependent not only on the points being made, but also the STYLE and presentation. Would a more persuasive, charismatic person delivering the SAME message influence how people would vote? Sure it would! I've already mentioned many times that one needs to be shallow, perky, and superficial when conveying science to the public. The message itself can be empty. It is HOW you deliver it that is important. All bells and whistles. Or as Billy Flynt would say, "razzle dazzle them".
Theology more useful than physics and chemistry? Give me a break!