The phrase “Copernicus principle” was invented to suggest the earth and the life upon it are common, occupying no significant status in the cosmos. Today this viewpoint dominates among scientists.
Later, Brandon Carter coined the term “anthropic principle” when asking why everything is just right at this time and place to support intelligent life capable of studying the universe. Continue reading “Are we special? Using science and probability to reassess our place in the universe”
The old adage, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” deserves a corollary. Power tends to dismiss its corruption, and absolute power dismisses its corruption absolutely.
I recently ran upon an academic online discussion that suggested to me just such a corollary needs to exist. While political power might be among the first arenas of abuse which pop to mind, this discussion revealed voices from within the halls of academia reflecting upon the popularizers of science. Continue reading “Taradiddles”
For almost twenty-five years a wedding gift has hung in our hallway or living room. That battery powered wooden framed clock has marked the passage of seconds, minutes and hours for decades.
Such clocks are not the only ones. The earth is filled with many different types of clocks, some more accurate than others. Tides regularly wax and wane. Trees experience periods of rapid growth and then dormancy thus producing tree rings.
A new clock has been identified. From our mothers we inherit a slightly imperfect copy of her mitochondrial DNA. Experimentation has identified the rate at which human mitochondrial DNA mutates./1
Continue reading “Tick, tock, tick, tock”
by Barry Newton
Is Intelligent Design science? Is evolutionary biology science? This depends upon how science is defined. Expect wide disagreement. Continue reading “Is it Science? Is Science being diluted?”
by Barry Newton
If a scientist were to explain a battery’s functioning, he might say: “An oxidation reaction on the anode terminal releases electrons.”
Although physics and chemistry can explain how a common AA battery works, what would happen if we had never seen one before and we found one on an unknown island? Could science inform us about its origin? Continue reading “Nature’s battery”
by Barry Newton
I still remember the first time I read the allegation that our biological world was not merely clumsily cobbled together by evolutionary forces, but modern engineers could have designed better living systems. The assertion struck at the heart of the worldview asserting, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).
One such attack comes from Kenneth Miller and Richard Dawkins, who contend that the vertebrate eye contains a functional flaw. Continue reading “Flaws in Creation?”
One atheist writer attempts to escape the force of arguments for God’s existence by throwing reason and facts overboard. Continue reading Abandoning Reason
The cycle continues. As empirical science exposes our prior human ignorance, the latest naturalistic stories on origins join the trash heap of discarded speculation. Continue reading Move Over Bacterial Flagellum
by John Henson • On the cover of the November 2010 issue of Discover Magazine, the reader is asked to look up at the constellation Orion and “see where you really came from.” The article supposes that life may have started forming in the hot gases of a collapsing star. Continue reading Look Up at Orion