The Chemistry of Love

I saw this image on Facebook recently: While some object that there aren’t really people who engage in scientism and reductionism, that it is a caricature, clearly whoever made this image thinks that love and oxytocin are equivalent in some respect – although what in fact the heart represents is itself open to discussion, I [Read More…]

Engage: Faith and Science

Via the Butler Connection, I learned about this upcoming event: University of Indianapolis Professor of Biology Dr. John Langdon and former microbiologist/current pastor of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church Rev. Christine Wulff  will discuss the intersection of faith and science at the Center for Faith and Vocation, 4615 Sunset Ave., beginning at 6:30 p.m.Friday, Aug. 23. Have you [Read More…]

Study Religion and Science with Denis Lamoureux

I had an online course offering drawn to my attention, via Keith Furman’s blog. Denis Lamoureux is offering an online course, an introduction to religion and science, which some readers of this blog might be interested in taking. But even if not, they may find the lectures and other materials on the course web site [Read More…]

Ray Comfort’s Latest Attempt to Deceive is Online

As several bloggers have already noted, Ray Comfort’s new movie, which deceitfully edits what scientists and even random bystanders have to say in order to deceive people about science, is now on YouTube: Use the comments section to discuss the lies, errors, and anything else that is wrong with the contents! I’ll get the ball [Read More…]

Science Doesn’t Replace Wonder

  A recent Frazz comic strip. HT Phil Plait [Read more…]

Galileo vs. Bozo

On Facebook, in response to my post about the “Galileo Gambit,” Dudley Chapman recalled a saying to the effect that they laughed at Galileo and they laughed at Thomas Edison, but they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. I’ve found that quote in several places around the internet. Dudley added “The job of science is [Read More…]

Galileo Gambit

Open Parachute has a great post about the Galileo gambit or Galileo fallacy, the notion that having one's ideas opposed somehow demonstrates that they are correct. Here is a takeaway quote: The real lesson from Galileo is not to oppose the “establishment” or current scientific consensus – but to rely on evidence. It was this [Read More…]

Sir Nevill F. Mott on Religion and Science

This image with a quote from Nobel prize winner Nevill F. Mott came my way via Facebook. “Science can have a purifying effect on religion, freeing it from beliefs from a pre-scientific age and helping us to a truer conception of God. At the same time, I am far from believing that science will ever [Read More…]

God is Not an Explanation

Ian recently wrote a post on his blog, “Why God Doesn’t Explain Anything.” It reminded me of a post I wrote quite a number of years ago, and reposted a couple of years ago, with the title “God is a Mystery, Not an Explanation.” It starts off like this: The world we live in is [Read More…]

Skepticism and Religious Fundamentalism

IO9 recently featured an interview with science-promoter Joe Rogan. If you didn't read all the way to the end, you missed his thoughts about religion: I think that the form of creationism that’s being promoted by fundamentalists today is incredibly simplistic, and it’s coming from a very simplistic mindset. These people, along with their ideas, [Read More…]