Extraterrestrials and Human Religions

Hemant Mehta shared the above video, which is based on a new book by  astronomer David Weintraub, Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It? . It might be one to incorporate into a class of mine on either religion and science, or religion and science fiction (the subject spans the two, not yet [Read More...]

G-D

From This Isn't Happiness. HT Jeff Carter.   [Read more...]

Waste of Space?

I saw the above image on Facebook. It seems to me that, worded this way, it could be an argument for anything from atheism to a religious crusade to conquer and spread. But when we look at the underlying data – the fact that most of the universe seems to be hostile to life – [Read More...]

The Joy of Doctor Who

IO9 drew attention to the above commercial for the documentary “Adventures in Space and Time” about the start of Doctor Who. It looks like it is going to be wonderful. Check out the photos on the IO9 site. See also the new book that IO9 drew attention to, Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the [Read More...]

Up, Up, and Away!

Today was the Feast of the Ascension. There are two favorite quotes of mine related to the ascension, which I have shared at least twice before on this blog. Here they are again: First, Keith Ward (The Big Questions in Science and Religion, p.107): We now know that, if [Jesus] began ascending two thousand years ago, [Read More...]

Neil Armstrong RIP

The news just broke that the first man on the moon has passed away. Neil Armstrong, the famous astronaut, died today at the age of 82. We will all, I am sure, remember with gratitude for his role in taking humanity to a world other than our own for the first time.   [Read more...]

Curiosity

I hope that everyone in the world is aware that the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is due to reach Mars in a matter of hours. I am writing this in a brief visit to my office at work, having no electricity at home, and thus no internet. Hopefully I will get back here sometime tomorrow [Read More...]

Space…

Via Dawn Shea on Pinterest [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Space Museum

The Doctor Who episode “The Space Museum” explores a temporal paradox of the sort that the show up until this point has largely sidestepped, but which has characterized the post-hiatus series. The Doctor and his companions arrive in a space museum, in which they find themselves and the TARDIS on display. The Doctor realizes that [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction

The short (two part) story “The Edge Of Destruction” (the second part to which bears the title “The Brink of Despair”) was the first story to be told solely within the TARDIS and involving the Doctor and his regular companions. This was at least partly motivated by budgetary concerns, but in fact the story works [Read More...]

Don’t Be Afraid of the Space Rays

IO9 posted a photo of a sign that is apparently to be found here in Indianapolis. I’ve never seen it, but now that I know it is out there, I’ll be looking for it. Here’s the sign: It’s almost as good as the one Charles Schmidt posted and Mark Goodacre spread the word about. [Read more...]


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