Category Archives: Science

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics | Reflections & Notes

Carlo Rovelli. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Riverhead Books, 2014. (86 pages) http://www.sevenbrieflessons.com. (.pdf) REFLECTIONS What a delightful little book. Truly wonderful. And super fun to read. Though I have no formal training in physics, I’ve always loved the pursuit of

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics | Reflections & Notes

Carlo Rovelli. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Riverhead Books, 2014. (86 pages) http://www.sevenbrieflessons.com. (.pdf) REFLECTIONS What a delightful little book. Truly wonderful. And super fun to read. Though I have no formal training in physics, I’ve always loved the pursuit of

Why Fish Don’t Exist | Reflections & Notes

Lulu Miller. Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life. Simon & Schuster, 2020. (225 pages) REFLECTIONS I don’t think I can overstate how much I love this book. It is an astonishing, captivating,

Why Fish Don’t Exist | Reflections & Notes

Lulu Miller. Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life. Simon & Schuster, 2020. (225 pages) REFLECTIONS I don’t think I can overstate how much I love this book. It is an astonishing, captivating,

The Late Birth of a Flat Earth | Article

I was recently in a lecture where the mythology of a flat-earth belief was referenced as being supported by and a buttress for religious dogma. I’m continuously amazed at how this mythology persists, and this post is my contribution at

The Late Birth of a Flat Earth | Article

I was recently in a lecture where the mythology of a flat-earth belief was referenced as being supported by and a buttress for religious dogma. I’m continuously amazed at how this mythology persists, and this post is my contribution at

Drawdown | Reflections & Notes

Paul Hawken, ed. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Penguin Books, 2017.  (240 pages) cf. Project Drawdown REFLECTIONS There is, after so many years, still quite a bit of misinformation and/or misrepresentation by partisans regarding Climate

Drawdown | Reflections & Notes

Paul Hawken, ed. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Penguin Books, 2017.  (240 pages) cf. Project Drawdown REFLECTIONS There is, after so many years, still quite a bit of misinformation and/or misrepresentation by partisans regarding Climate

Katharine Hayhoe–The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: Talk about it | Reflections & Transcript

REFLECTIONS In recent interactions with climate deniers (or at least, “minimizers,”) I found myself flabbergasted at the willful ignorance, apathetic dismissiveness, and religious posturing that denied climate change, labeling it a “hoax,” definitely “false,” or some sort of partisan lie.

Katharine Hayhoe–The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: Talk about it | Reflections & Transcript

REFLECTIONS In recent interactions with climate deniers (or at least, “minimizers,”) I found myself flabbergasted at the willful ignorance, apathetic dismissiveness, and religious posturing that denied climate change, labeling it a “hoax,” definitely “false,” or some sort of partisan lie.

Doughnut Economics | Review & Notes

Kate Raworth. Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017. (309 pages) The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can

Doughnut Economics | Review & Notes

Kate Raworth. Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017. (309 pages) The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can

Three Identical Strangers | Reflections

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7664504/ “I believe nature and nurture both matter. But I think nurture can overcome nearly everything.” REFLECTIONS The quote above sums up quite well the principle conclusions of this fascinating documentary, and the perspective shift that the film is encouraging

Three Identical Strangers | Reflections

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7664504/ “I believe nature and nurture both matter. But I think nurture can overcome nearly everything.” REFLECTIONS The quote above sums up quite well the principle conclusions of this fascinating documentary, and the perspective shift that the film is encouraging

TED | Gian Giudice: Why our universe might exist on a knife-edge

So last year, on the Fourth of July, experiments at the Large Hadron Collider discovered the Higgs boson. It was a historical day. There’s no doubt that from now on, the Fourth of July will be remembered not as the

TED | Gian Giudice: Why our universe might exist on a knife-edge

So last year, on the Fourth of July, experiments at the Large Hadron Collider discovered the Higgs boson. It was a historical day. There’s no doubt that from now on, the Fourth of July will be remembered not as the

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and

The Passion of the Western Mind | Reflections & Notes

Richard Tarnas. The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View. Ballantine Books, 1991. (544 pages) REFLECTIONS This may be my top favorite book ever. The mere scope of the project is astonishing, and

The Passion of the Western Mind | Reflections & Notes

Richard Tarnas. The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View. Ballantine Books, 1991. (544 pages) REFLECTIONS This may be my top favorite book ever. The mere scope of the project is astonishing, and

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

Stephen Jay Gould. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999. (241 pages) Reflections I have been perplexed at the disdain that many have towards Gould’s construction of NOMA. As such, I may

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

Stephen Jay Gould. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999. (241 pages) Reflections I have been perplexed at the disdain that many have towards Gould’s construction of NOMA. As such, I may

David Christian: The History of our world in 18 minutes | Transcript & Highlights

First, a video. Yes, it is a scrambled egg. But as you look at it, I hope you’ll begin to feel just slightly uneasy.Because you may notice that what’s actually happening is that the egg is unscrambling itself. And you’ll now see the yolk and

David Christian: The History of our world in 18 minutes | Transcript & Highlights

First, a video. Yes, it is a scrambled egg. But as you look at it, I hope you’ll begin to feel just slightly uneasy.Because you may notice that what’s actually happening is that the egg is unscrambling itself. And you’ll now see the yolk and

League of Denial | Transcript

League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis ANNOUNCER: Tonight on FRONTLINE, the epic story of football’s concussion crisis. HARRY CARSON, Author, Captain For Life: These players come down with dementia. ANNOUNCER: A major FRONTLINE investigation of what the NFL knew and when it

League of Denial | Transcript

League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis ANNOUNCER: Tonight on FRONTLINE, the epic story of football’s concussion crisis. HARRY CARSON, Author, Captain For Life: These players come down with dementia. ANNOUNCER: A major FRONTLINE investigation of what the NFL knew and when it

The Mind Of God | Review & Notes

Dr. Jay Lombard. The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and A Search for the Soul. Harmony Books, 2017. (197 pages) REVIEW In sum, I haven’t read a book in a long time of which I had so much appreciation, wonder, and

The Mind Of God | Review & Notes

Dr. Jay Lombard. The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and A Search for the Soul. Harmony Books, 2017. (197 pages) REVIEW In sum, I haven’t read a book in a long time of which I had so much appreciation, wonder, and

Whose In Charge? | Notes & Reflections

Michael S. Gazzaniga. Who’s In Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. HarperCollins, 2011. (260 pages) INTRODUCTION We all feel the tug of an insatiable desire to carry on the quest to know more about the situation in which

Whose In Charge? | Notes & Reflections

Michael S. Gazzaniga. Who’s In Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. HarperCollins, 2011. (260 pages) INTRODUCTION We all feel the tug of an insatiable desire to carry on the quest to know more about the situation in which

Homo Deus | Notes & Critical Reflections

Yuval Noah Harari. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harper, 2017 (449 pages) 1 The New Human Agenda For the first time in history, more people die today from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die

Homo Deus | Notes & Critical Reflections

Yuval Noah Harari. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harper, 2017 (449 pages) 1 The New Human Agenda For the first time in history, more people die today from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die

Sapiens | Notes & Critical Review

Yuval Noah Narari. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. HarperCollins, 2015. (443 pages) Sapiens home page; Gates Notes; John Sexton, The New Atlantis; Ezra Klein, Vox; Timeline of History Years Before the Present  (Sapiens | Years Before the Present .pdf) 13.5

Sapiens | Notes & Critical Review

Yuval Noah Narari. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. HarperCollins, 2015. (443 pages) Sapiens home page; Gates Notes; John Sexton, The New Atlantis; Ezra Klein, Vox; Timeline of History Years Before the Present  (Sapiens | Years Before the Present .pdf) 13.5

The Theory of Everything | Reflections

The Theory of Everything, 2014. [PG-13] Christianity Today review; The Guardian, The Theory of Everything Does Jane Hawking A Disservice; “Look what we made” I spend more than my fair share of time contemplating and discussing matters of faith, science, naturalism,

The Theory of Everything | Reflections

The Theory of Everything, 2014. [PG-13] Christianity Today review; The Guardian, The Theory of Everything Does Jane Hawking A Disservice; “Look what we made” I spend more than my fair share of time contemplating and discussing matters of faith, science, naturalism,

The Big Picture | Notes & Critical Review

Sean Carroll. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Dutton, 2016. (470 pages) Prologue We have two goals in front of us. One is to explain the story of our universe and why we

The Big Picture | Notes & Critical Review

Sean Carroll. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Dutton, 2016. (470 pages) Prologue We have two goals in front of us. One is to explain the story of our universe and why we

The Accidental Universe | Notes & Review

Alan Lightman. The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew. Vintage Books, 2013. (157 pages) Boston Globe review by Emily Rapp; Harper’s Magazine, by Trevor Quirk; Harper’s Magazine, by Alan Lightman; Salon by Laura Miller; New York Journal of

The Accidental Universe | Notes & Review

Alan Lightman. The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew. Vintage Books, 2013. (157 pages) Boston Globe review by Emily Rapp; Harper’s Magazine, by Trevor Quirk; Harper’s Magazine, by Alan Lightman; Salon by Laura Miller; New York Journal of

Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by

Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by

Finding God In The Waves | Notes & Review

Mike McHargue. Finding God In The Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science. Converent, 2016. (273 pages) The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the

Finding God In The Waves | Notes & Review

Mike McHargue. Finding God In The Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science. Converent, 2016. (273 pages) The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the

The Great Partnership | Notes & Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning. Schocken, 2011. (369 pages) Reviews: Ian Marcus Corbin, Wall Street Journal; Richard Holloway, The Guardian; Ziauddin Sardar, Independent; Wallace Greene, Jewish Book Council; Introduction  Debates about religion and

The Great Partnership | Notes & Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning. Schocken, 2011. (369 pages) Reviews: Ian Marcus Corbin, Wall Street Journal; Richard Holloway, The Guardian; Ziauddin Sardar, Independent; Wallace Greene, Jewish Book Council; Introduction  Debates about religion and

TED | Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

Sleep. It’s something we spend about a third of our lives doing, but do any of us really understand what it’s all about? 0:19 Two thousand years ago, Galen, one of the most prominent medical researchers of the ancient world,

TED | Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

Sleep. It’s something we spend about a third of our lives doing, but do any of us really understand what it’s all about? 0:19 Two thousand years ago, Galen, one of the most prominent medical researchers of the ancient world,

Author of Life | Notes & Review

I had the privilege of meeting Josh and Diane last year at the National Youth Worker’s Convention (2013). Their project The Author of Life has now completed 7 videos designed for educational and small group environments. Their contribution to the

Author of Life | Notes & Review

I had the privilege of meeting Josh and Diane last year at the National Youth Worker’s Convention (2013). Their project The Author of Life has now completed 7 videos designed for educational and small group environments. Their contribution to the

The Unbelievers | Review

The Unbelievers, 2013 [NR] Really, there isn’t much to review. This film is the equivalent of being the proverbial “fly on the wall,” to the “dynamic duo of science,” in their exhaustive travels from one public appearance to another. It’s

The Unbelievers | Review

The Unbelievers, 2013 [NR] Really, there isn’t much to review. This film is the equivalent of being the proverbial “fly on the wall,” to the “dynamic duo of science,” in their exhaustive travels from one public appearance to another. It’s

TED | Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?

Why does the universe exist? Why is there — Okay. Okay. (Laughter) This is a cosmic mystery. Be solemn. Why is there a world, why are we in it, and why is there something rather than nothing at all? I

TED | Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?

Why does the universe exist? Why is there — Okay. Okay. (Laughter) This is a cosmic mystery. Be solemn. Why is there a world, why are we in it, and why is there something rather than nothing at all? I

TED | Martin Rees: Can we prevent the end of the world?

Ten years ago, I wrote a book which I entitled “Our Final Century?” Question mark. My publishers cut out the question mark. (Laughter) The American publishers changed our title to “Our Final Hour.” Americans like instant gratification and the reverse.

TED | Martin Rees: Can we prevent the end of the world?

Ten years ago, I wrote a book which I entitled “Our Final Century?” Question mark. My publishers cut out the question mark. (Laughter) The American publishers changed our title to “Our Final Hour.” Americans like instant gratification and the reverse.

TED | Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists

Every day we face issues like climate change or the safety of vaccines where we have to answer questions whose answers rely heavily on scientific information. Scientists tell us that the world is warming. Scientists tell us that vaccines are

TED | Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists

Every day we face issues like climate change or the safety of vaccines where we have to answer questions whose answers rely heavily on scientific information. Scientists tell us that the world is warming. Scientists tell us that vaccines are

TED | Steven Pinker & Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason

Steven Pinker (SP): Okay. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (RNG): Reason appears to have fallen on hard times: Popular culture plumbs new depths of dumbth and political discourse has become a race to the bottom. We’re living in an era of scientific

TED | Steven Pinker & Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason

Steven Pinker (SP): Okay. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (RNG): Reason appears to have fallen on hard times: Popular culture plumbs new depths of dumbth and political discourse has become a race to the bottom. We’re living in an era of scientific

“Ham on Nye” #CreationDebate | Notes & Critical Review

“Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Point-by-point Analysis and Commentary: KEN HAM | 5 min. Opening Statement: Ham opens up with this quote from the Richard Dawkins Foundation [RDF]: “Scientists should not debate creationists.

“Ham on Nye” #CreationDebate | Notes & Critical Review

“Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Point-by-point Analysis and Commentary: KEN HAM | 5 min. Opening Statement: Ham opens up with this quote from the Richard Dawkins Foundation [RDF]: “Scientists should not debate creationists.

TED | Arthur Benjamin: The magic of Fibonacci numbers

So why do we learn mathematics? Essentially, for three reasons: calculation, application, and last, and unfortunately least in terms of the time we give it, inspiration. Mathematics is the science of patterns, and we study it to learn how to

TED | Arthur Benjamin: The magic of Fibonacci numbers

So why do we learn mathematics? Essentially, for three reasons: calculation, application, and last, and unfortunately least in terms of the time we give it, inspiration. Mathematics is the science of patterns, and we study it to learn how to

TED | Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance

There is an ancient proverb that says it’s very difficult to find a black cat in a dark room, especially when there is no cat. I find this a particularly apt description of science and how science works — bumbling

TED | Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance

There is an ancient proverb that says it’s very difficult to find a black cat in a dark room, especially when there is no cat. I find this a particularly apt description of science and how science works — bumbling

The Shallows | Notes & Review

Nicholas Carr. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2010. (276 pages) Prologue: The Watchdog and the Thief What both enthusiast and skeptic miss is what McLuhan saw: that in the long

The Shallows | Notes & Review

Nicholas Carr. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2010. (276 pages) Prologue: The Watchdog and the Thief What both enthusiast and skeptic miss is what McLuhan saw: that in the long

Thomas Friedman “The Next New World” Global Forum | Notes

— LIVE PERSONAL NOTES — What World Are You Living In? How we have gone from connected to hyper-connected and from interconnected to interdependent. An address by Thomas L. Friedman. We built this conference as a platform to share with

Thomas Friedman “The Next New World” Global Forum | Notes

— LIVE PERSONAL NOTES — What World Are You Living In? How we have gone from connected to hyper-connected and from interconnected to interdependent. An address by Thomas L. Friedman. We built this conference as a platform to share with

TED | Beau Lotto + Amy O’Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included

Beau Lotto: So, this game is very simple. All you have to do is read what you see. Right? So, I’m going to count to you, so we don’t all do it together. Okay, one, two, three. Audience: Can you

TED | Beau Lotto + Amy O’Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included

Beau Lotto: So, this game is very simple. All you have to do is read what you see. Right? So, I’m going to count to you, so we don’t all do it together. Okay, one, two, three. Audience: Can you

Saving Darwin | Notes & Review

Karl W. Giberson. Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution. HarperOne, 2008. (248 pages) Foreword Giberson’s carefully documented history provides a sobering response to the claims of those who think that the current controversy can be

Saving Darwin | Notes & Review

Karl W. Giberson. Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution. HarperOne, 2008. (248 pages) Foreword Giberson’s carefully documented history provides a sobering response to the claims of those who think that the current controversy can be

From The Dust | Notes & Review

http://fromthedustmovie.org/ The question of where we come from is a mystery man has explored throughout human history. As Charles Darwin composed his theory of natural selection, he began defining for the modern generation a suitable, if altogether scientific answer for

From The Dust | Notes & Review

http://fromthedustmovie.org/ The question of where we come from is a mystery man has explored throughout human history. As Charles Darwin composed his theory of natural selection, he began defining for the modern generation a suitable, if altogether scientific answer for

TED | Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

All right. So, like all good stories, this starts a long, long time ago when there was basically nothing. So here is a complete picture of the universe about 14-odd billion years ago. All energy is concentrated into a single

TED | Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

All right. So, like all good stories, this starts a long, long time ago when there was basically nothing. So here is a complete picture of the universe about 14-odd billion years ago. All energy is concentrated into a single

Why Evolution Is True | Notes & Review

Jerry Coyne. Why Evolution Is True. Penguin, 2009. (282 pages) Preface …while the Dover trial is an American story, creationism isn’t a uniquely American problem. Creationists — who aren’t necessarily Christians — are establishing footholds in other parts of the

Why Evolution Is True | Notes & Review

Jerry Coyne. Why Evolution Is True. Penguin, 2009. (282 pages) Preface …while the Dover trial is an American story, creationism isn’t a uniquely American problem. Creationists — who aren’t necessarily Christians — are establishing footholds in other parts of the

TED | Peter Diamandis: Abundance is Our Future

(Video) Announcer: Threats, in the wake of Bin Laden’s death, have spiked. Announcer Two: Famine in Somalia. Announcer Three: Police pepper spray. Announcer Four: Vicious cartels. Announcer Five: Caustic cruise lines. Announcer Six: Societal decay. Announcer Seven: 65 dead. Announcer

TED | Peter Diamandis: Abundance is Our Future

(Video) Announcer: Threats, in the wake of Bin Laden’s death, have spiked. Announcer Two: Famine in Somalia. Announcer Three: Police pepper spray. Announcer Four: Vicious cartels. Announcer Five: Caustic cruise lines. Announcer Six: Societal decay. Announcer Seven: 65 dead. Announcer

Something From Nothing? | Notes, Review, & Response

A conversation with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. 7pm | Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 | ASU Gammage Auditorium http://richarddawkins.net/videos/644930-dawkins-krauss-discussion-from-asu-4-feb http://origins.asu.edu/ NOTES [I have striven to be completely accurate in the following transcription. I take full responsibility for any typos or

Something From Nothing? | Notes, Review, & Response

A conversation with Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. 7pm | Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 | ASU Gammage Auditorium http://richarddawkins.net/videos/644930-dawkins-krauss-discussion-from-asu-4-feb http://origins.asu.edu/ NOTES [I have striven to be completely accurate in the following transcription. I take full responsibility for any typos or

What Technology Wants | Notes & Review

Kevin Kelly. What Technology Wants. Viking, 2010. (405 pages). http://www.kk.org/books/what-technology-wants.php. Video: http://www.qideas.org/video/what-technology-wants.aspx 1. My Question Should we allow human cloning? Is constant texting making our kids dumb? Do we want automobiles to park themselves? But as my quest evolved, I

What Technology Wants | Notes & Review

Kevin Kelly. What Technology Wants. Viking, 2010. (405 pages). http://www.kk.org/books/what-technology-wants.php. Video: http://www.qideas.org/video/what-technology-wants.aspx 1. My Question Should we allow human cloning? Is constant texting making our kids dumb? Do we want automobiles to park themselves? But as my quest evolved, I

Why We Believe in god(s) | Review

Andy Thomson’s talk, ‘Why We Believe in Gods,’ given at the American Atheist 2009 convention in Atlanta, Georgia: — VIA — The discussion of science and religion continues to the arenas of neurobiology. I appreciate Thomson’s work, his careful attention

Why We Believe in god(s) | Review

Andy Thomson’s talk, ‘Why We Believe in Gods,’ given at the American Atheist 2009 convention in Atlanta, Georgia: — VIA — The discussion of science and religion continues to the arenas of neurobiology. I appreciate Thomson’s work, his careful attention

Curiosity: The Questions of Life – Did God Create the Universe | Notes & Review

Discovery Channel’s page. Regarding the solar eclipse, the vikings believed that “skoll,” the wolf god would “eat the sun.” Without a scientific explanation imagine how disturbing it would have been to see the sun vanish. The vikings then responded through

Curiosity: The Questions of Life – Did God Create the Universe | Notes & Review

Discovery Channel’s page. Regarding the solar eclipse, the vikings believed that “skoll,” the wolf god would “eat the sun.” Without a scientific explanation imagine how disturbing it would have been to see the sun vanish. The vikings then responded through

The Language of Science and Faith | Notes & Review

Karl Giberson & Francis Collins. The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions. InterVarsity Press, 2011. (250 pages) http://biologos.org/blog/the-language-of-faith-and-science-a-brief-history/ God has provided two distinct, complementary and reliable revelations–the Bible and the natural world. (8) Introduction In the

The Language of Science and Faith | Notes & Review

Karl Giberson & Francis Collins. The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions. InterVarsity Press, 2011. (250 pages) http://biologos.org/blog/the-language-of-faith-and-science-a-brief-history/ God has provided two distinct, complementary and reliable revelations–the Bible and the natural world. (8) Introduction In the

What Darwin Never Knew | Notes & Review

NOVA Production, December 29, 2009. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/darwin-never-knew.html. Based on the books: Endless Forms Most Beautiful and The Making of the Fittest by Sean Carroll. While Darwin’s idea was brilliant, there was one big problem: How does evolution actually work? Science is

What Darwin Never Knew | Notes & Review

NOVA Production, December 29, 2009. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/darwin-never-knew.html. Based on the books: Endless Forms Most Beautiful and The Making of the Fittest by Sean Carroll. While Darwin’s idea was brilliant, there was one big problem: How does evolution actually work? Science is

The Grand Design | Review

Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. The Grand Design. Bantam, 2010. [VIA: I usually post reviews only from books I’ve read. However, this one exception (written by Edgar Andrews, with thanks to Challies.com) is of value for this blog. I’ll get

The Grand Design | Review

Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. The Grand Design. Bantam, 2010. [VIA: I usually post reviews only from books I’ve read. However, this one exception (written by Edgar Andrews, with thanks to Challies.com) is of value for this blog. I’ll get

In The Shadow of the Moon | Notes & Review

http://www.intheshadowofthemoon.com/ THiNK FiLM, 2008. DVD [PG] This is a fascinating documentary of the Apollo missions during the 1960s in which the United States was in a race to land a man on the moon. Ron Howard interweaves politics and culture

In The Shadow of the Moon | Notes & Review

http://www.intheshadowofthemoon.com/ THiNK FiLM, 2008. DVD [PG] This is a fascinating documentary of the Apollo missions during the 1960s in which the United States was in a race to land a man on the moon. Ron Howard interweaves politics and culture

Life’s Solution | Notes & Review

Simon Conway Morris. Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe. Cambridge University Press, 2003. (464 pages) “Life’s Solution sets out to demonstrate that what we already know gives some strong indicators of what must be: even in this book

Life’s Solution | Notes & Review

Simon Conway Morris. Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe. Cambridge University Press, 2003. (464 pages) “Life’s Solution sets out to demonstrate that what we already know gives some strong indicators of what must be: even in this book

Finding Darwin’s God | Notes & Review

Kenneth R. Miller. Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search For Common Ground Between God and Evolution. Cliff Street Books, 1999. http://www.findingdarwinsgod.com/. Kenneth Miller’s Home Page. Criticisms by Arthur Lodge. SchansBlog 5-part review link. An Imperfect Union: Darwin, Divinity, and Design.

Finding Darwin’s God | Notes & Review

Kenneth R. Miller. Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search For Common Ground Between God and Evolution. Cliff Street Books, 1999. http://www.findingdarwinsgod.com/. Kenneth Miller’s Home Page. Criticisms by Arthur Lodge. SchansBlog 5-part review link. An Imperfect Union: Darwin, Divinity, and Design.

Flock of Dodos | Notes & Review

Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus. Randy Olson, 2006. http://www.flockofdodos.com/ NPR’s Program. A few NYTimes.com listings. My notes from the film: res ipsa loquitur – it speaks for itself “Something has gone seriously wrong in the communication of evolution

Flock of Dodos | Notes & Review

Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus. Randy Olson, 2006. http://www.flockofdodos.com/ NPR’s Program. A few NYTimes.com listings. My notes from the film: res ipsa loquitur – it speaks for itself “Something has gone seriously wrong in the communication of evolution

Ida Google That!

Google’s home page made me laugh out loud! If you haven’t heard the news yet, check out THE LINK’s promotional website, National Geographic’s news page, the BBC report, and the book, The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor by Colin Tudge.

Ida Google That!

Google’s home page made me laugh out loud! If you haven’t heard the news yet, check out THE LINK’s promotional website, National Geographic’s news page, the BBC report, and the book, The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor by Colin Tudge.

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

This program, was released by NOVA November 13, 2007. I just recently ran into it while renting Evolution: A Journey Into Where We’re From and Where We’re Going. Program description here, full program available for viewing online here, and the

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

This program, was released by NOVA November 13, 2007. I just recently ran into it while renting Evolution: A Journey Into Where We’re From and Where We’re Going. Program description here, full program available for viewing online here, and the

An Inconvenient Truth | Notes & Review

An Inconvenient Truth. Paramount Classics, 2006. National Geographic article. Washington Post fact-checker and Pinocchio test. Several months ago, I found myself in a fairly heated (no pun intended) discussion with a family member who believes the earth is only 6

An Inconvenient Truth | Notes & Review

An Inconvenient Truth. Paramount Classics, 2006. National Geographic article. Washington Post fact-checker and Pinocchio test. Several months ago, I found myself in a fairly heated (no pun intended) discussion with a family member who believes the earth is only 6

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Daniel Dennett – Cute, Sexy, Sweet, Funny: An Evolutionary Riddle

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/dan_dennett_cute_sexy_sweet_funny.html I find Daniel Dennett to be one of the most challenging atheist philosophers for several reasons. First, he is, in my perspective, respectable and reasonable as well as intelligent in his argumentation. While others are vitriolic, Dennett continues to

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Daniel Dennett – Cute, Sexy, Sweet, Funny: An Evolutionary Riddle

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/dan_dennett_cute_sexy_sweet_funny.html I find Daniel Dennett to be one of the most challenging atheist philosophers for several reasons. First, he is, in my perspective, respectable and reasonable as well as intelligent in his argumentation. While others are vitriolic, Dennett continues to

The Huxley Memorial Debate, Oxford Union – February 14, 1986

My copy just arrived in the mail today! I’m listening to the Introduction of what is sure to be a lively and exciting debate (3 hrs. 49 mins.) And because of its setting in England, the tone and tenor is

The Huxley Memorial Debate, Oxford Union – February 14, 1986

My copy just arrived in the mail today! I’m listening to the Introduction of what is sure to be a lively and exciting debate (3 hrs. 49 mins.) And because of its setting in England, the tone and tenor is

Evolution | Notes & Review

This 4-part, 8 hour series by PBS and WBGH is a fascinating and well-done production that charts through the issue of evolution, its development and socio-cultural implications. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/index.html Part 1, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea Darwin’s Dangerous Idea charts the, shall we

Evolution | Notes & Review

This 4-part, 8 hour series by PBS and WBGH is a fascinating and well-done production that charts through the issue of evolution, its development and socio-cultural implications. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/index.html Part 1, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea Darwin’s Dangerous Idea charts the, shall we

Church of England to Apologise to Darwin

This article is of interest for the continued strenuous relationship between the faith and science communities. Perhaps we can learn something about how we, in the faith community, can, and ought to listen more intently, and judge a whole lot

Church of England to Apologise to Darwin

This article is of interest for the continued strenuous relationship between the faith and science communities. Perhaps we can learn something about how we, in the faith community, can, and ought to listen more intently, and judge a whole lot

Antikythera Mechanism and Living in the Tension of Humanity’s Existence

My wife pointed out this article from the NYTimes.com on the Antikythera Mechanism. A video production is available at the Nature.com site. UPDATE: 2010-12-10, a reconstruction of this ancient mechanism, made out of Lego! I offer this post as a

Antikythera Mechanism and Living in the Tension of Humanity’s Existence

My wife pointed out this article from the NYTimes.com on the Antikythera Mechanism. A video production is available at the Nature.com site. UPDATE: 2010-12-10, a reconstruction of this ancient mechanism, made out of Lego! I offer this post as a

Evolution in Genesis

A recent article at JPost.com entitled “Evolution of a slither – study tracks snake’s loss of legs” suggests that perhaps evolution can be interpretively found in the book of Genesis. The original Nature article can be downloaded here for a

Evolution in Genesis

A recent article at JPost.com entitled “Evolution of a slither – study tracks snake’s loss of legs” suggests that perhaps evolution can be interpretively found in the book of Genesis. The original Nature article can be downloaded here for a