Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

The “brain in a vat” scenario is a famous philosophical thought experiment, as well as a recurrent feature in science fiction. Given its title, it may be no surprise that The Brain of Morbius features that scenario. Morbius describes his situation, having been given voice and hearing but otherwise no sensory inputs, and thus he describes [Read More...]

I Still Have a Dream

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Doctor Who: The Android Invasion

The Android Invasion is another Doctor Who version of a widespread science fiction trope, this time the replacement of people in a sleepy village with robot replicas. In this case, however, it turns out that not only the people but the entire village has been replicated. The symbolism as the Doctor notices a calendar in the village [Read More...]

The Strongest Force on Earth

22 Words had a collection of technically correct but amusing and in some cases profound student answers to test questions. I had seen a lot of them before. I was particularly struck by the one I shared above. There is a sense in which “love” is bound to be the wrong answer to any question on [Read More...]

To The Name Above Every Name

Arnold Bax is a neglected composer over all, but his works for choir are even more neglected than some of the rest of his compositions. [Read more...]

Did Paul Meet the Historical Jesus?

Stanley Porter, in lectures which are available for free via iTunes, points out that Jesus and Paul were contemporaries, and makes the case that there is a good chance that Paul met Jesus at some point. Of the four lectures he gives on this topic, the third focuses on passages which Porter believes might indicate that this [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars

Pyramids of Mars is one of the great classic examples of the ancient aliens trope on Doctor Who. The episode focuses on a British explorer who, in exploring an Egyptian tomb, is taken over by the Egyptian god Sutekh, better known as Seth. The self-described servant of Sutekh, Ibrahim Namin, speaks of gods, unbelievers, and a [Read More...]

Believing is Easier

The above quote is from a blog post by Chuck Queen. True religion is not about believing doctrines. It’s about falling in love with God and learning how to love everyone and everything the way God loves everyone and everything… It is much easier to believe doctrines, perform rituals, and enforce policies than actually live [Read More...]

How To Tell You’re A Professional

The picture above was shared on Reddit. The best part is that someone offered an extended quote from C. S. Lewis in the comments. Here is the relevant section from his Mere Christianity: People get from books the idea that if you have married the right person you may expect to go on ‘being in [Read More...]

I Just Know

“I just know” replaces systematic reviews at top of evidence pyramid The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) announced today that “I just know” will replace systematic reviews as the top level of evidence available in medical research. For years scientists and doctors have dismissed anecdotes from the likes of anti-vaxxers and pseudoscience pushers, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Planet of Evil

Planet of Evil is one of those episodes of Doctor Who that makes no sense, scientifically speaking. The Doctor and Sarah arrive on the “last known planet” in the universe, Zeta Minor, where a team of scientists is looking for a solution to Earth’s dwindling energy resources. However, they have in fact crossed over into [Read More...]

Cordoba Call for Papers: Science Fiction and the Bible

Dr. Frauke Uhlenbruck, PhD (congratulations, Frauke!) mentioned on her blog Gods and Machines that the EABS call for papers for the 2015 conference in Cordoba is online, including the one for the program unit on science fiction and the Bible. There will be an open session, a themed session on dystopian apocalypses, and a joint [Read More...]

Which Biblical Patriarch Are You?

Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those Buzzfeed quizzes – although perhaps I should make it one! But in reading assignments from a course that I teach, I was struck by the contrast between Abraham and Job. Abraham and Job are both tested. Abraham obeys unquestioningly. Job questions daringly. How is it that people can point [Read More...]

American Christians Celebrate Paris Massacre

The title of this blog post is the equivalent of what the Christian Broadcasting Network recently offered, when it reported on a radical cleric in Pakistan who managed to get a grand total of 40 people to attend a funeral honoring the terrorists who killed people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. The headline they [Read More...]


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