She presented this paper at the annual conference (“From Artificial Intelligence to Human Consciousness”) of the Science and Religion Forum, Canterbury, England, in April 1984.
WONDER AND UNDERSTANDING
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2005
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 391–400, December 1985
How to Cite
Boden, M. A. (1985), WONDER AND UNDERSTANDING. Zygon, 20: 391–400. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1985.tb00605.x
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2005
Abstract. Wonder is a root of the religious experience, and the desire to understand drives science. If wonder and understanding are fundamentally opposed, religion and science will be also. But only if wonder is limited to the contemplation of magic or mysteries is religion in principle opposed to science. The aim of science is to explain how something is possible. Understanding how something is possible need not destroy our wonder at it. Recent scientific theories of the human mind—albeit based in computer technology—increase our wonder at its richness and power.