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The Sciences

Want to Worship the "God" of Science? Here's Your Temple


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The line between extreme Christianity and extreme atheism has been narrowing, while the debate rages over whether or not one can be—or should be— turned into another. But should those who bow before the altar of science have a physical space to practice their beliefs? Enter conceptual artist Jonathon Keats (relationship to the other John Keats unknown) who has created the "Atheon," a new installation at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley. The project involves posting NASA images of the universe's early years in the 14-foot-high cathedral-style windows on the second floor, so passersby can view them while listening to an accompanying song on their cell phones. According to the museum's Web site, Keats's work is meant to "call[] forth the fusion of science and religion by building a temple for scientific worship." We can't wait to see what Karl and P.Z. have to say about this one.

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