The burst of light at the moment of conception

Scientists have discovered that at the moment of conception, when the sperm meets the egg, a bright flash of light is emitted.  This is being described, contrary to the pro-abortion propaganda, as happening at “the very moment that a new life begins.”

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What the Bible says to scientists

I’ve been reading the Psalms and I keep coming across texts that I’ve usually skimmed over but that speak in a startlingly direct way to contemporary questions.  I’ve blogged about some that deal with aesthetic issues and with artists.  Here is one that deals with scientists:

Great are the works of the Lord,
    studied by all who delight in them. (Psalm 111:2)

A person takes “delight in” something that God has made; that is, some aspect of the physical world or facet of existence.  That delight leads to study, to learning more and more about this work of the Lord.

A person may find delight in animals, rocks, the human immune system, stars, sub-atomic particles.  Or, by extension, anything else.   This is also a text for scholars of every kind.

It’s interesting to note that “delight” is a legitimate factor in finding one’s vocation. [Read more…]

Unthinkable experiments

Theologians have long talked about the limits of our finite human reason when it comes to comprehending the infinite God.  Now scientists are up against the limits of our finite human reason when it comes to comprehending finite nature.

Scientific American has a fascinating survey of facts that are “unthinkable” in quantum physics:  particles that are in two places at the same time; objects that spin in two opposite directions at the same time; objects that are entangled with each other, so that what happens to one affects the other, no matter how far apart they are; etc.

This is part of an account of how scientists are using computers to propose “unintuitive configurations” that the human mind would be unlikely to come up with. [Read more…]

A medical statement about gender confusion in children

The American College of Pediatricians, a conservative medical organization, has issued a statement entitled Gender Ideology Harms Children, exposing the fallacy that children can be “born the wrong sex” and detailing the medical harm that can be done by “treatments” such as puberty-blocking and cross-sex hormones.

The report says that 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of girls accept their biological sex after puberty.  And it notes that suicide rates are 20 times greater for adults who have had sexual reassignment surgery.  The report concludes, “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

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How ancient churches sounded

Church buildings are acoustic spaces, in which music is performed.  Researchers are studying the acoustics of ancient and medieval churches.  They are finding that certain design elements were intended to adjust sounds, “trying to tune the space.”

Moreover, the acoustic data they are uncovering enables the researchers to reproduce the effects electronically.  Once a digital signature is discovered, it is possible to play recorded music–say, Gregorian chants–and filter it so that we can hear what it sounded like in that particular building.  “It’s like time travel,” says a musicologist.  We can make “a museum of lost sound.”

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Scientific outrage!

A paper on the workings of the human hand published in a scientific journal uses the term “creator” and “design,” sparking sputtering outrage and calls for boycotting the publication.

The authors, most of whom are Chinese, say the apparent reference to Intelligent Design was a mistake due to a mistranslation.  Chinese writing does tend to be much more lyrical and metaphorical than the generally dull Western academic prose.

But it’s interesting how so many scientists are set off by words and are so eager to silence people. They do not want themselves to be exposed to anything incompatible with their materialistic worldview, not allowing anything to the contrary to be so much as uttered.  Even the news account from a British publication, excerpted after the jump, feels that it must refer to Intelligent Design as a “pseudo-science.” [Read more…]