April 19, 2019

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The Number of God

The Number of God The number of God is 137.  What? Huh…? No, really, it’s a scientific fact according to this article in Big Think.  The number, known as the fine structure constant or simply “α” has baffled scientists since the 1800s.  It is a number derived from combining three of nature’s most fundamental quantities: […]

Did Birds Get Their Colorful, Speckled Eggs From Dinosaurs?

  Did Birds Get Their Colorful, Speckled Eggs From Dinosaurs? An article in Gizmodo alerted me to a study from last year  (unfortunately behind a paywall) that was able to analyze fossil eggs of certain dinosaurs.  Researchers found that birds’ close dinosaur relatives had eggs with traces of two pigments—a red-brown one and a blue-green one. […]

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne, Part 5 – Cousins

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne Part 5 – Cousins We are reviewing the book, “Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship” by John Polkinghorne.  Today we will look at Chapter 5- Cousins and wrap up the review of the book.  Polkinghorne starts the chapter by comparing two explanations that biologists […]

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne, Part 4 – Conceptual Exploration

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 4 – Conceptual Exploration We are reviewing the book, “Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship” by John Polkinghorne.  Today we will look at Chapter 4- Conceptual Exploration.  John says continuing conceptual exploration is characterized by increasing subtlety and depth.  The first exploration of […]

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 3d) – Lessons from History

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 3d) — Lessons from History We are reviewing the book, “Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship” by John Polkinghorne.  Today we will look at the fourth part of Chapter 3- Lessons from History.  John continues his comparative study of science and Christian theology […]

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 3c) – Lessons from History

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 3c) — Lessons from History We are reviewing the book, “Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship” by John Polkinghorne.  Today we will look at the third part of Chapter 3- Lessons from History.  John continues his comparative study of science and Christian theology […]

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 3b) – Lessons from History

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 3b) — Lessons from History We are reviewing the book, “Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship” by John Polkinghorne.  Today we will look at the second part of Chapter 3- Lessons from History.  John continues his comparative study of science and Christian theology […]

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 3a) – Lessons from History

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 3a) — Lessons from History We are reviewing the book, “Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship” by John Polkinghorne.  Today we will look at the first part of Chapter 3- Lessons from History. Polkinghorne begins the chapter by discussing Thomas Kuhn’s famous book, […]

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 2b) — Comparative Heuristics

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 2b) — Comparative Heuristics We are reviewing the book, “Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship” by John Polkinghorne.  Today we will look at the second part of Chapter 2- Comparative Heuristics. As we said last time, John believes that similarities will emerge in […]

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 2a) — Comparative Heuristics

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 2a) — Comparative Heuristics We are reviewing the book, “Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship” by John Polkinghorne.  Today we will look at the first part of Chapter 2- Comparative Heuristics.  One of the lessons that quantum science teaches us about physical reality […]