BREAKING NEWS: 7 Earth-Sized Planets in Trappist-1 System, 3 in Habitable Zone!

NASA just announced that, using the Spitzer Telescope, they have detected a total of seven earth-like planets orbiting the star Trappist-1, and three of them lie in the habitable zone in which liquid water can exist. We can be sure that this system is going to be getting a lot of research attention in coming years. [Read More…]

Touching the Face of the Cosmos YouTube Playlist

The above YouTube playlist brings together videos of talks and interviews with a number of the contributors to the volume Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion.  The book also got a mention in a recent CS Monitor article about Hidden Figures. David Brin mentioned his contribution to the volume [Read More…]

Deep Field

Via Phil Plait, I became aware of this astronomically-inspired piece of music by Eric Whitacre. Enjoy! [Read more…]

The Quest for Consonance

The Quest for Consonance THE QUEST FOR CONSONANCE: THEOLOGY AND THE NATURAL SCIENCES MCKENNA HALL CONFERENCE CENTER UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME APRIL 2-5, 2017   What is the relationship between faith and reason, theology and philosophy, religion and science? Since the rise of contemporary philosophies of science in the 1960s, there has been a growing [Read More…]

Brief Quotes and Simple Explanations

The above cartoon from Abstruse Goose is called “Special Relativity Simply Explained.” But somewhat amusingly, if you download the image, it is called “How to ruin a scientist’s career overnight.” The comic illustrates an important point: a big issue in our time is not merely fake news, but looking to the news at all, even [Read More…]

Just Chemicals in the Brain

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RIP John Glenn

I just heard the news that astronaut John Glenn has passed away. I will always consider it a great honor that something I wrote appeared alongside an interview with Glenn in a volume exploring the intersection of religion and spaceflight, Touching the Face of the Cosmos. For those interested in that volume’s subject matter, Space.com [Read More…]

Not Liberal, Just Literate

Hemant Mehta drew attention to an article in the Star Tribune about meteorologist Paul Douglas, who is an Evangelical Christian and wants to persuade his fellow Christians to accept the evidence for climate change. The quote in the meme comes via the article, but is originally from his recent book, Caring for Creation. [Read more…]

Compelling Evidence for the Big Bang?

I am surprised that Hemant Mehta is so impressed with this exam answer a student gave to a question about the Big Bang: On the one hand, theism doesn’t posit a floating man in the sky. And in context the suggestion is self evidently silly, since by definition, there was no sky before the Big Bang. [Read More…]

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: Perspectives from Science and Science Fiction

This election has witnessed a lot of firsts. Most recent, as of my writing this, is that the Clergy Letter Project has endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time. You won’t be surprised that the candidate in question is Hillary Clinton. I gather than Donald Trump did not respond to their questionnaire, but Hillary Clinton did. [Read More…]