November 30, 2020

Yes, Free Will Exists

Yes, Free Will Exists Here is an interesting contribution to the ongoing debate of whether free will exists or not from Scientific American.  The article notes that debate began in earnest during the Enlightenment, but was seemingly settled by 20th century neuroscience headlined by the famous Libet Experiment: Libet found that the unconscious brain activity […]

Why Wearing a Mask is a Sign of Faith not Fear

Why Wearing a Mask is a Sign of Faith not Fear Matthew Pevarnik, a writer for BioLogos, has a June 10th article entitled “Walking by Faith and Wearing a Mask”.  Matt is an assistant professor of Physics at Regent University (PhD, University of California, Irvine).  He notes that Scriptures that exhort us to “walk by […]

DNA and the Dead Sea Scrolls

DNA and the Dead Sea Scrolls An article at Cell.com was entitled, “Illuminating Genetic Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls” It was blogged about by RJS at Jesus Creed and at her blog, “Musings on Science and Theology”. The article noted: “that ancient DNA extraction from Dead Sea Scroll fragments made of animal skin is […]

How Satire Challenges Misconceptions about Science

How Satire Challenges Misconceptions about Science In the June issue of National Geographic there is an article by  Paul Brewer and Jessica McKnight entitled, “To challenge misguided beliefs about science, try satire”.  In it they show from various studies how the use of satire can change people’s minds about controversial scientific issues.  They say: Since […]

Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Exist

Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Exist Here is a cheeky little article by Dave Goldberg who is a physics professor at Drexel University and author, most recently, of The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality entitled “Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Exist” It’s a nice little reminder of the wonderment that is this […]

The Death of Expertise

The Death of Expertise “Snake oil is a euphemism for deceptive marketing and health care fraud. It refers to the petroleum-based mineral oil or “snake oil” that used to be sold as a cure-all elixir for many kinds of physiological problems. Many 19th-century United States and 18th-century European entrepreneurs advertised and sold mineral oil (often […]

Does God Guide Evolution?

Does God Guide Evolution? Loren Haarsma is a frequent speaker and writer for BioLogos.  He is the husband of Deborah Haarsma, the current president of BioLogos.  Last year he wrote an article entitled “Three Misunderstandings About God-Guided Evolution”. Loren said: When I talk about evolutionary creation I am sometimes asked, “Why not just say, ‘God-guided […]

Science and the Pandemic

Science and the Pandemic The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) has an article by Donald J. Boudreaux entitled, “Science and the Pandemic”.  AIER is the same organization that promoted the video, now gone viral, of two private urgent-care physicians, Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi, discussing whether the societal shutdown is still necessary. […]

What Makes Us Human?

Given the discussion last week about Adam, Noah, and the early hominids, I’d like to rerun this previous post from the book: Minds, Brains, Souls, and Gods: A Conversation of Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience by Malcolm Jeeves.   It covered Chapters 9-12 in the book, the chapters being: Chapter 9: What Makes Us Human? The Development […]

Was Adam an Ardipithecus?

Was Adam an Ardipithecus? I’ve mentioned several times in posts about Glenn R. Morton.  Morton was an ardent Young Earth Creationist, so ardent he switched professions from work as a geophysicist working for a seismic company and processing seismic data, and went into seismic interpretation where he would have to deal with more geologic data; […]