Truth by Survey? (RJS)

This opinion piece by Lee Dye from abcNews meshes well with several of the recent topics of discussion – including the extensive discussion of Rodney Stark’s book What Americans Really Believe, the post on Living in Denial,  and the ever heated consideration of global warming. Global Warming and the Pollsters: Who’s Right? Is the glass [Read More...]

An Absence of Mind … Is Altruism Rational? (RJS)

Marilynne Robinson is best known as a novelist for Gilead, Housekeeping, and Home. Her most recent book, Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self, takes a stab at something different – but not something new – the question of the Human Mind and the importance of experience. This [Read More...]

Living in Denial? (RJS)

Michael Kruse brought an article to my attention a few weeks ago by Debora MacKenzie in New Scientist entitled Living in Denial: Why sensible people reject the truth. This article is part of a series of articles discussing the issues regarding truth and perception of truth: Special report: Living in denial (you may need a [Read More...]

An Absence of Mind? (RJS)

Marilynne Robinson is best known as a novelist for Gilead, Housekeeping, and Home. Her most recent book, Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self, takes a stab at something different – but not something new – the question of the Human Mind and the importance of experience. This [Read More...]

Seven Pillars of Creation 1 (RJS)

Today I begin a series on William P. Brown‘s new book: TheSeven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder.This book was brought to my attention by David Vinson (who by the way also wrote a nice post at BioLogos a few weeks ago, and is mentioned in Brown’s acknowledgments). Dr. Brown [Read More...]

Myths We Believe … (RJS)

Today we conclude our look at the recent book by Elaine Howard Ecklund Science vs Religion: What Scientists Really Think. The earlier installment are here: first, second, third and fourth. The book relates various insights about science and religion that emerged from her interviews with 275 scientists in seven departments at 21 “elite” universities. This [Read More...]

Is Free Will Anti-Science? (RJS)

Anthony R. Cashmore, Robert I. Williams Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania wrote his inaugural article following election to the National Academy of Science on The Lucretian swerve: The biological basis of human behavior and the criminal justice system. Scot mentioned this article a couple of weeks ago in Meanderings (HT JT) but [Read More...]

God on the Quad? (RJS)

We are looking at the recent book by Elaine Howard Ecklund Science vs Religion: What Scientists Really Think. The earlier installments are here: first, second, and third. The book relates various ideas about science and religion that emerged from her interviews with 275 scientists in seven departments (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Political [Read More...]

Does Ph.D. –> Atheism? (RJS)

Yesterday afternoon a fellow using the name of “joe” left an interesting comment on one of posts: “Read the God Delusion you ignorant fools.” The idea, it seems, is that anyone who thinks, who cares to look at the evidence, will realize that the notion of God is untenable. There is a common perception that [Read More...]

What Do Scientists Really Think? 2 (RJS)

We are looking at the recent book by Elaine Howard Ecklund Science vs Religion: What Scientists Really Think. The first installment is here. In chapter 5 Ecklund considers how religion is dealt with by professors in the University. Issues of science, religion, and the broader public sphere are unavoidable in our secular Universities. This is [Read More...]


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