As Time Goes By: A Discussion of Relativity and Religion

ArtsFest is an exciting time at Butler University. In April, we essentially have a marathon of artistic events, many of which are marathon-like in their own right. We’ll have performances of works by Eric Satie and John Cage which will more-or-less compete to see which can be played over the longest period of time. We’ll [Read More…]

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Picturing Gravitational Waves

NASA must have a significant announcement to make in the press conference they will be holding later this morning. As a Facebook friend pointed out, this is probably the first time that they have ever taken the step of replacing the Astronomy Picture of the Day with a text placeholder. I am including that placeholder [Read More…]

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Theoretical Cosmoses and Historical Jesuses

I almost opted for the alternative plural forms of both words in the title of this post – “Theoretical Cosmoi and Historical Jesi.” Just in case anyone was wondering. But I figured it was better to have the words in the title be recognizable. I am constantly surprised when mythicists regard the number of theories about the [Read More…]

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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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The Physics of Water Into Wine

  Some physicists have done a study of the energy involved in turning water into wine. It seems that it may in fact have involved a very different process than what SMBC depicted in cartoon form a while back: [Read more…]

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Pope Francis, Anti-Science Creationists, and the Gnostic Demiurge

I am grateful to Joel Watts for pointing out the original Italian text of something that the Pope recently said, which had puzzled me in the English translations I had encountered: Dio non è un demiurgo o un mago, ma il Creatore che dà l’essere a tutti gli enti. L’inizio del mondo non è opera del [Read More…]

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Ancient Cosmologies and Modern Cosmologists

A talk offering visualizations of ancient cosmologies came to my attention. I will embed the first part below, but click through to see the rest, including the slides posted separately. IO9 (among others) raised the question once again of how some top-notch physicists – and a starship captain! – came to be involved in a [Read More…]

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What is the Universe?

A student shared the following with me. First, Through the Wormhole asks whether the universe could be alive: IS THE UNIVERSE ALIVE?(2012) by costello74 Second, Seth Lloyd talking about the universe as a quantum computer: And finally, here’s Catherine Keller talking about quantum theology. [Read more…]

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Proof of God?

While some religious believers argue against the Big Bang, others have seen it as proof of God. Such language is problematic. It is one thing to say that our universe seems to point beyond itself to something that came before it. It is quite another to try to use that as proof that one’s own ideas [Read More…]

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Denying What You Don’t Understand

The quote from Hemant Mehta in the image above comes from a post of his, discussing how young-earth creationists reacted to the announcement yesterday that ripples of gravitational waves from cosmic inflation soon after the Big Bang had been detected and confirmed. It is ironic that anti-science creationists now oppose a scientific view which atheists [Read More…]

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Breaking News! Tomorrow There Will Be Breaking News!

Via IO9 I learned that the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has news so important that it needed to tell us today that they will tell us tomorrow. The leading guess is that they have discovered evidence of gravitational waves. But it really could be anything related to astrophysics. And so what do you think it [Read More…]

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