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  • The Grand Design ~ Hawking on Gravity and Creation, and William Lane Craig on More.

    09/05/2010 8:38:05 PM PDT · by SeanG200 · 31 replies
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 9-5-2010 | Papa Giorgio
    Stephen Hawking is quoted as saying the following: "Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing" [....] "…he is already postulating the existence of gravity and the laws that will lead to the creation and evolution of the universe. Shouldn’t we ask about the origin of gravity and all features of the universe? Many of us scientists and thinkers doubt that full explanations of everything can be complete and self-contained, with no need for a metaphysical principle like God." While I have not read the book, nor plan to, it seems...
  • Stephen Hawking vs. God

    09/04/2010 7:57:38 AM PDT · by mattstat · 38 replies
    Everybody knows the following story: At one time, long ago, most or all people believed that when a tree branch fell and caused damage that a god or other spiritual entity caused the branch to fall. This belief was animate, in the sense that the god himself was pictured as pulling the branch or otherwise knocking it off the tree. Reasons for the god’s behavior were ascribed, usually to sin, and perhaps a ceremony of propitiation was performed to forestall future baleful consequence. But over anything else, it was the fact of the branch falling that was used as evidence...
  • Stephen Hawking Picks Physics Over God for Big Bang

    Physics was the reason for the Big Bang, not God, according to scientist Stephen Hawking. "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," the professor said in his new book, in a challenge to traditional religious beliefs. "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going," he wrote in his book "The Grand Design," extracts of which are printed in London newspaper The Times. The book, co-written by American physicist Leonard Mlodinow and published next week, sets out to contest Sir Isaac...
  • God did not create the universe, says Hawking

    09/02/2010 2:40:29 PM PDT · by WhatNot · 193 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 2, | Michael Holden
    LONDON (Reuters) – God did not create the universe and the "Big Bang" was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book. In "The Grand Design," co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, according to the Times newspaper which published extracts on Thursday.
  • Ye cannae change the laws of physics (or can you?)

    09/02/2010 7:16:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Economist ^ | September 2, 2010 | The Economist
    RICHARD FEYNMAN, Nobel laureate and physicist extraordinaire, called it a “magic number” and its value “one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics”. The number he was referring to, which goes by the symbol alpha and the rather more long-winded name of the fine-structure constant, is magic indeed. If it were a mere 4% bigger or smaller than it is, stars would not be able to sustain the nuclear reactions that synthesise carbon and oxygen atoms. One consequence would be that squishy, carbon-based life would not exist. Why alpha takes on the precise value it does, so delicately fine-tuned for...
  • Is Believing In God Evolutionarily Advantageous?

    09/01/2010 7:58:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/31/2010 | Alix Spiegel
    Jesse Bering's mother died of cancer on a Sunday, in her own bed, at 9 o'clock at night. Bering and his siblings closed her door and went downstairs, hoping they might somehow get some sleep. It was a long, hard night, but around 7 a.m., something happened: The wind chimes outside his mother's window started to chime. Bering remembers waking to the tinkle of these bells, a small but distinct sound in an otherwise silent house. And he remembers thinking that those bells carried a very specific message. "It seemed to me ... that she was somehow telling us that...
  • UFOs – The Coming Great Deception!

    08/16/2010 6:58:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    lamarzulli.wordpress.com ^ | July 30, 2010 | l a marzulli
    There is so much that is going on in the world it’s hard to pick just one topic to BLOG on... However, since we have been discussing UFOs all week, I decided, why stop now? Here’s a link to a story that was posted in UFO Digest. I would encourage you to read it as this is what we are faced with; the ever-growing acceptance of ET as our creators. Here’s a sample from the article: The ET harvest has been going on for the whole time that humankind has been on earth. This is part of the process for...
  • The First Church of Robotics

    08/09/2010 6:24:49 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 9, 2010 | Jaron Lanier
    THE news of the day often includes an item about some development in artificial intelligence: a machine that smiles, a program that can predict human tastes in mates or music, a robot that teaches foreign languages to children. This constant stream of stories suggests that machines are becoming smart and autonomous, a new form of life, and that we should think of them as fellow creatures instead of as tools. But such conclusions aren’t just changing how we think about computers — they are reshaping the basic assumptions of our lives in misguided and ultimately damaging ways. [...] Some would...
  • Christianity: A Religion of Science?

    08/05/2010 7:27:13 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 15 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal ^ | 5 August, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    Just read The World Turned Upside: The Global Battle Over God, Truth, And Power by the British agnostic, Melanie Phillips. Inside you’ll discover a collection of wonderful quotes, from David Horowitz to Peter Staudenmaier, and other words of encouragement, for the friends of free speech. Most courageously though, Phillips supports the position that Christianity and science are more than friends. As Anselm of Canterbury and Thomas Aquinas believed, God’s universe was supremely rational (p.327): This is why many scientists from the earliest times onwards have been Christians and Jews. It is why Francis Bacon said that God had provided us...
  • Origins, Evolution, and Distribution of Life in the Cosmos: Panspermia, Genetics, Microbes, ...

    08/01/2010 2:46:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 9+ views
    Journal of Cosmology ^ | May 2010 | Rhawn Joseph and Rudolf Schild
    Life originated in a nebular cloud, over 10 billion years ago, but may have had multiple origins in multiple locations, including in galaxies older than the Milky Way. Multiple origins could account for the different domains of life: archae, bacteria, eukaryotes. The first steps toward life may have been achieved when self-replicating nano-particles initially comprised of a mixture of carbon, calcium, oxygen, hydrogen, phosphorus, sugars, and other elements and gasses were combined and radiated, forming a nucleus around which a lipid-like permeable membrane was established, and within which DNA-bases were laddered together with phosphates and sugars; a process which may...
  • The Gospel Of Scientific Materialism

    07/17/2010 11:20:23 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 4 replies
    First Things ^ | R.R. Reno
    The scientific popularizers—Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, and others—don’t go in for nuance, as David Hart has pointed out again and again in our pages. They cheerfully champion the most reductive sort of materialism, including the idea that free will does not exist because our minds are just neural networks that function according to physical laws. Why are they so enthusiastic about this idea that our minds are just neural networks? It’s not at first sight a very attractive belief. After all, free will provides a sense of self-possession, and it’s the source of the drama in life. We...
  • Toward a New Religion: A Humanist Cult of the Secular [OPEN]

    05/11/2010 11:44:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies · 181+ views
    La Salette Journey ^ | 5/11/2010 | Paul Melanson
    "Christ becomes the flame of human efforts, he reveals himself as the form of faith which is most appropriate for modern needs - a religion for progress, the religion even for progress on earth; I dare say: the religion of evolution." - Pere Teilhard de Chardin We are witnessing the gradual emergence of a new humanitarian religion which proposes man, instead of God, as the object of worship. This "religion for progress," as Teilhard de Chardin referred to it, is anti-supernatural. Robert Hugh Benson describes it in his classic "The Lord of the World" thusly: "Humanitarianism...is becoming the an actual...
  • Science vs. Religion: What do scientists say?

    05/02/2010 7:11:27 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 7 replies · 499+ views
    beliefnet ^ | April 30, 2010 | Rod Dreher
    I dropped by a colleague's office today carrying a copy of a new Oxford University Press book, "Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think," by Elaine Howard Ecklund. "Have you seen this?" I asked her. "It's really great." "You know," she said. "We funded her research." Sure enough, Ecklund, a Rice University sociologist, credits the Templeton Foundation with primary support for her data collection. I tell you this up front so you won't think I'm praising this book as some sort of professional obligation. It's truly an enlightening book, one that promises to change for the better the way we...
  • Can a good conservative be an atheist ? (vanity for intresting discussion: wife)

    04/29/2010 8:58:35 PM PDT · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 187 replies · 2,280+ views
    Let me say first of all that I am a Christian with a strong faith in God. I grew up going to church with my grandpa. I accepted Jesus Christ into my life at a young age. My wife was raised in a strict christian home. But I think that worked against her in some ways. I think certain people in her family turned her off on religion at points along the way. She is now an atheist. She is a great mom to our 16 month old twins. She is an awesome wife. I love her so much and...
  • Another Look at Environmentalism as a Religion

    04/22/2010 6:27:52 PM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 3 replies · 200+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 04-22-10 | J. D. Longstreet
    “It is no accident that April 22, Earth Day, is also the birth date of Vladimir Lenin, an acolyte of Karl Marx, the lunatic who invented communism as an alternative to capitalism. Earth Day is naked communism.” The above quote is by Alan Caruba from his article entitled: ‘The Naked Communism of Earth Day.” We urge you to click over to Alan’s site and read this very fine article. You will find it HERE. Freedom to worship as you please is one of the hallmarks of, and rights guaranteed to, the citizens of the United States. The Pilgrims came to...
  • The Beauty of Being a Scientist and a Christian

    04/22/2010 9:12:04 PM PDT · by thisisthetime · 9 replies · 387+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | April 22, 2010 | Karl Giberson, Ph.D
    On one of my favorite episodes of The Simpsons, "Lisa the Skeptic," a plot involving a supposed "angel" pits scientists against naïve religious townfolk. The episode ends with a trial at which the judge puts a "restraining order" on religion, keeping it "500 yards away from science." Many people say that science and religion need to be even further apart. I disagree, however. And there are many scientists who agree with I am a Christian. I believe that God is the ultimate reality and that the world, including me, was created by God. But this is not just an idle...
  • JPL worker sues over intelligent design demotion

    04/19/2010 10:00:12 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies · 519+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 4/19/10
    Christian who promotes the concept that an intelligent being created the universe.
  • Getting to Darwin: Obstacles to Accepting Evolution by Natural Selection (How to convince students)

    04/15/2010 8:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 582+ views
    Journal of Science and Education (via SpringerLink) ^ | August 2009 | Paul Thagard and Scott Findlay
    Paul Thagard1 and Scott Findlay1 Philosophy Department, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada Published online: 20 August 2009 Abstract Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is central to modern biology, but is resisted by many people. This paper discusses the major psychological obstacles to accepting Darwin’s theory. Cognitive obstacles to adopting evolution by natural selection include conceptual difficulties, methodological issues, and coherence problems that derive from the intuitiveness of alternative theories. The main emotional obstacles to accepting evolution are its apparent conflict with valued beliefs about God, souls, and morality. We draw on the philosophy of science...
  • What happened to evolution at the NSB? (belief in evolution no longer a metric in science literacy?)

    04/12/2010 8:35:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 190 replies · 1,745+ views
    A section describing survey results about the American public's beliefs about evolution and the Big Bang was removed from the 2010 edition of Science and Engineering Indicators. According to a post on the AAAS's Science Insider blog (April 8, 2010) and a subsequent report in Science (April 9, 2010; subscription required), although survey results about evolution and the Big Bang have regularly appeared in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators, its biennial compilation of global data about science, engineering, and technology, they were absent from the 2010 edition. NCSE's Joshua Rosenau decried the decision, saying, "Discussing American science...
  • Richard Dawkins: I Will Arrest Pope Benedict XVI

    04/10/2010 11:49:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 656 replies · 8,816+ views
    London Times ^ | April 10th 2010 | Marc Horne
    April 11, 2010 Richard Dawkins: I Will Arrest Pope Benedict XVI Marc Horne Atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins RICHARD DAWKINS, the atheist campaigner, is planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain “for crimes against humanity”. Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author, have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church. The pair believe they can exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998. The...