Category: Science

You know what you get with an assumption, don’t you?

“In a nonmetaphysical age there is probably more metaphysics, in the common sense (ie a priori assumptions) than in any other, because there is more complete unconsciousness that we are resting on our own ideas, while we please ourselves with...

/ June 14, 2007

Human Exceptionalism Undermined? (Updated)

While my brother and Wesley Smith discuss this brief analysis of the importance to human exceptionalism by Leon Kass at his place, this provocatively titled piece of news has started to make the rounds: Chimps are More Evolved than Humans....

/ April 17, 2007

What I Should Have Said

The recent discussion on my post has been, if nothing else, illuminating and humbling.  The criticisms, questions, and issues are overwhelming.  While I unfortunately was unable to participate due to working two jobs and receiving major life news that kept...

/ March 22, 2007

Sanitizing Darwin

Jesus was no stranger to controversial or confusing claims:  “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace on the earth.  I did not bring come to bring peace, but a sword.”   “Whoever has will be given more, and...

/ March 12, 2007

The State of Intelligent Design according to Phillip Johnson

Phillip Johnson explicates the state of the intelligent design movement in biology on the Discovery Institute website.  It’s worth reading.  From the end: The goal of the Intelligent Design Movement is to achieve an open philosophy of science that permits...

/ February 20, 2007

From Death unto Life: The Pro-Life Position and the Presence of Death

In late January, I wrote this essay for a Pro-Life symposium that it seems never materialized. In it, I included this claim: The pro-life position is fundamentally about freeing Death to do its work in its own way, in its...

/ February 8, 2007

Why did God create? a poem

This question has puzzled theists for millenia, and its atheistic equivalent, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” has puzzled everyone else for equally as long. Augustine says, “But why did God choose then to create the heavens and earth...

/ November 5, 2006

On Engineering Deficits and Papal Pronouncements

This story seems particularly ironic in light of the Pope’s speech in Germany yesterday. While the numbers are tendentious, popular perception in America is that we are recruiting students to the engineering profession no better than Germany. Trends indicate that...

/ September 14, 2006

We are the Meaning Makers

If I were Jason Kuznicki, I’d be irritated. Here’s Jim’s explanation of his “puzzle”: It’s all about trying to find a pattern that isn’t real–when pathological, the condition is called apophenia–by relying on human design intuitions. All of the strategies...

/ August 31, 2006

Fabric of the Cosmos – Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

What is space? What is time? If you are looking for a modern physicist’s take on the very best answers to those two questions, and all of the related mysteries they stir up, check out Brian Greene’s Fabric of the...

/ March 5, 2006