Misunderstanding Peer Review

Dudley Chapman has written a really helpful blog post, addressing a popular misunderstanding about peer review – and thus also the way some have misunderstood the significance of retractions and other such things that have been in the news lately. Click through to read it. Of related interest, the New York Times just featured an article [Read More...]

Recycled Holy Water

My pastor recently mentioned the fact that, because Earth’s water is a closed system, the water we drink is likely to include, sooner or later, water that was part of the wine at the last supper, or in the Jordan river when Jesus was baptized. Pliny the In-Between turned that scientific fact into an image [Read More...]

Temper Your Criticism With Kindness

The quote is from Sagan’s book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, and was drawn to my attention in an article from Junior Skeptic magazine shared on the Skeptic website. [Read more...]

Evolution and the Environment

Josh Rosenau took the Pew data on churches’ acceptance of evolutionary biology and of climate science, and made a chart. The correlation is clear and striking. Jim Kidder also shared it, together with some thoughts of his own. [Read more...]

Science Saints

A while back, Nerdist shared some stained-glass images of scientists. I think the depiction is worth reflecting on. Are scientists the saints of the modern era? In your opinion, is the contribution of scientists greater than, comparable to, or beneath the contribution of people whose lives were characterized not by discoveries about the natural world, but [Read More...]

Jesus: Out Of This World

This cartoon by Spike Davis seems perfect for Ascension Day. It raises lots of interesting questions, related to topics such as inclusiveness and revelation, and not only about the meaning of the story in Acts depicting Jesus ascending into the sky, headed in the direction of what we today think of not as “heaven” but [Read More...]

Proportional Time and False Dichotomies

  Hemant Mehta shared the above as well information about a Kickstarter campain for the comic strip series it is from. Some years ago I explored a different approach to “proportional time” for evolution and young-earth creationism. I would point out, however, that not all religion is committed to the false “teach both sides” dichotomy. Unfortunately, [Read More...]

The Goal of Human Evolution

Scientists, working within the framework of scientific methods, cannot see that the universe, or processes within it like biological evolution, have a goal or purpose. But there are metaphysical stances which lead some people to view evolution in teleological terms – in other words, as having a goal. Theism is one such perspective. Cat ownership (the status of being owned [Read More...]

Not Anti-Science

This cartoon from today’s New Yorker puts a positive spin on opposition to mainstream science, one which might actually be just as honest, when we consider what people want to substitute in the place of scientific conclusions. It is either myth in the classic sense of pre-scientific cosmology, or it is myth in the sense of [Read More...]

Vote for Donuts

This Pearls Before Swine comic offers a different perspective on creationism and evolution. Often people debate big picture worldview questions, and don’t realize that neither appeals, because both seem irrelevant to real life and its daily concerns. Like donuts. [Read more...]

Religion in the Multiverse

IO9 recently shared a list of the nine weirdest implications of the many worlds viewpoint. One is that you are, in essence, immortal. I’ve blogged before about ways that parallel universes might provide some of the comfort traditionally offered by hope for an afterlife. But immortality comes with a price: there are countless different versions [Read More...]


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