April 21, 2019

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Is There Purpose in Biology?  The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. By Denis Alexander, Chapter 1: The Historical Roots of Purpose in Biology

Is There Purpose in Biology?  The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. By Denis Alexander, Chapter 1: The Historical Roots of Purpose in Biology We are reviewing the book: Is There Purpose in Biology?  The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. By Denis Alexander.  Chapter 1 is The Historical Roots of […]

21 Grams

21 Grams How much does the human soul weigh?  Sounds like a ridiculous question.   But according to a “scientific” study published in 1907 by Duncan MacDougall, a physician from Haverhill, Massachusetts, the answer was 21 grams.  Dr. MacDougall identified six patients in nursing homes whose death was imminent.  According to Wikipedia, one of the patients lost […]

Is There Purpose in Biology?  The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. By Denis Alexander

Is There Purpose in Biology?  The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. By Denis Alexander I am going to review the book: Is There Purpose in Biology?  The Cost of Existence and the God of Love. By Denis Alexander.  Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion […]

Scrupulosity: Where OCD Meets Religion, Faith, and Belief

Scrupulosity: Where OCD Meets Religion, Faith, and Belief Please take a minute and read the following article from the OCD Center of Los Angeles.  Many people probably have the notion that Obsessive Compulsion Disorder (OCD) is a somewhat harmless psychological problem that involves nothing worse than washing your hands a lot.  A somewhat more debilitating […]

A Review of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

A Review of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari Chaplain Mike gifted me with a copy of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, a sprawling tour-de-force summary of the human race from pre-humans to… well… what he speculates are post-humans.  It’s a combination of rigorous science, scholarly […]

Is Life Inevitable?

Is Life Inevitable? An article in Rawstory that was picked up from an article in Quanta magazine introduces the work of Jeremy England, a young MIT professor who’s proposed a theory, based in thermodynamics, showing that the emergence of life was not accidental, but almost inevitable.  The Rawstory article pitches the story as something that […]

Faith Across the Multiverse, Parables from Modern Science- Part 4, The Language of Computer Science, Chapters 12- Mutatis Mutandis By Andy Walsh

Faith Across the Multiverse: Parables from Modern Science Part 4, The Language of Computer Science, Chapters 12- Mutatis Mutandis By Andy Walsh We been blogging through the book, “Faith Across the Multiverse, Parables from Modern Science” by Andy Walsh.  Today is Chapter 12- Mutatis Mutandis with which we will wrap up our review.  Chapter 11 […]

Faith Across the Multiverse, Parables from Modern Science- Part 4, The Language of Computer Science, Chapters 10- Squirrel Interrupted By Andy Walsh

Faith Across the Multiverse: Parables from Modern Science Part 4, The Language of Computer Science, Chapters 10- Squirrel Interrupted By Andy Walsh We are blogging through the book, “Faith Across the Multiverse, Parables from Modern Science” by Andy Walsh.  Today is Chapter 10- Squirrel Interrupted.  The squirrel being referred to is The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, […]

Faith Across the Multiverse, Parables from Modern Science- Part 3, The Language of Biology, Chapters 9 Redeemable Ant-Man By Andy Walsh

Faith Across the Multiverse: Parables from Modern Science Part 3, The Language of Biology, Chapter 9 Redeemable Ant-Man By Andy Walsh We are blogging through the book, “Faith Across the Multiverse, Parables from Modern Science” by Andy Walsh.  Today is Chapter 9: Redeemable Ant-man and Walsh goes into a detailed regale of ant colony lore.  […]

Faith Across the Multiverse, Parables from Modern Science- Part 3, The Language of Biology, Chapter 8: Spleens, Strains, and Autoimmunity By Andy Walsh

Faith Across the Multiverse: Parables from Modern Science Part 3, The Language of Biology, Chapter 8: Spleens, Strains, and Autoimmunity By Andy Walsh We are blogging through the book, “Faith Across the Multiverse, Parables from Modern Science” by Andy Walsh.  Today is Chapter 8: Spleens, Strains, and Autoimmunity.  Walsh begins this chapter talking about the […]