While Open Parachute talks about Galileo’s modern critics, Jimpithecus has a post on the growing popularity of geocentrism as a fringe viewpoint among Catholics (see further the article he links to in the Chicago Tribune). Jim also discussed P. Z. Myers’ response to Ken Ham’s famous response to all scientific claims about the past: “Were you there?” I think that everyone should answer Ham’s claims in the same way:
“God created the world in 6 days.”
“How do you know? Were you there?”
“No, but God says so in his word.”
“How do you know God said these things? Were you there?”
“No, but Jesus accepted Genesis as the work of Moses and inspired by God.”
“How do you know? Were you there when Jesus supposedly said these things?”
“No, but his followers recorded what he said, and they were eyewitnesses.”
“How do you know who wrote the Gospels? Were you there?”
And so on until Ham ceases from his seemingly unrelenting inanity.
Jerry Coyne proposes a scientific test of the story of Noah’s flood. David Bailey offers computer-produced text snippets as examples of the ability of the combination of rule and randomness to produce complexity.
CNN’s Belief Blog surveys the history of prayer in (and about) space, and offers a view of spaceflight as a spiritual experience.