OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
Agreed, science is not always mathematical but is usually more systematic than ordinary observation, with a concerted effort either to avoid or to compensate for subjective biases.
” I don’t give a lot of thought to whether my personal religious
experiences have any referent outside of my own head. Why? Because
faith isn’t an idea”
Ideas are inside the head; ideas are often about something that’s outside the head. I can pass by all sorts of things in the world to which I give no thought but which may block my view and which, if I run into them, may cause me pain.
“faith is a way of living, a way of relating to oneself, one’s neighbor, one’s enemy, and one’s God”
Just leave off the last clause and you might even see eye to eye with Dawkins.