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New science and religion online magazine

Just a quick note to let you know that there is a new science and religion online magazine: Science & Religion Today.

This is the Internet incarnation of what was once one of my favorite periodicals: Science & Theology News, which folded in 2006.

Looks to be an exciting development.

Volcanoes? A good reason to ignore climate change?

I love urban myths. Here’s a doozy. Volcanoes put out more C02 than humans. In fact, I even heard one that said, Volcanoes put out more C02 in a day than humans do in a year. Well, just in case you check the paper every morning to look at current eruptions to decide whether you’ll drive your vehicle into work in the morning or take public transportation—take the public. Continue reading Volcanoes? A good reason to ignore climate change?

Female warrior squirrels who fall in love with vampires at a wizarding school (with a brief reference to trilobites)

To get at randomness in evolution we have to take a stab at illustrating natural selection, so let’s take a hypothetical example. Suppose someone wrote a book about a vampire and a human falling in love. Just to make it relevant to this site, let’s just say, hypothetically, that this person is a Mormon. Now let’s say that this book becomes a phenomenon and a zillion copies of this book sells and is so big that whenever you misspell a word on Amazon.com, it throws you to an add for this book. Continue reading Female warrior squirrels who fall in love with vampires at a wizarding school (with a brief reference to trilobites)

Why can’t we all just get along–like scientists

Just a short pause in my discussion of randomness.

I just had dinner at a small heurigen deep in the Austrian countryside. There was a group of about twenty of us, but we where seated in sixes at tables with long benches on each side. On my right was an Israeli, on my left . . . → Read More: Why can’t we all just get along–like scientists

The Evolution of Random Dandruff Thoughts

I had a random thought today while showering. I don’t know why, but you don’t hear much about dandruff these days. At least I haven’t. When I was growing up dandruff was a major topic of discussion. It was something that everyone with a modicum of social concern ought to have been worried about. Continue reading The Evolution of Random Dandruff Thoughts

How I went insane (but saved my cloned daughter from being turned to evil)

I sat in the bed facing the two smiling demons—leaders of the great Satan/Wal-Mart Organization that ran the hospital. They were trying to convince me that I should let them adopt a clone of my five-year-old daughter. She had been created by new genetic techniques developed by their powerful company and they insisted, “Her place will be great in the new world order.” Over the last few days, however, they had lied to me so often I knew it was a sham. Continue reading How I went insane (but saved my cloned daughter from being turned to evil)

What parts of it do you believe?

Ah the lonely wanderings of the LDS evolutionary believer. First, she is under suspicion by those who think there is something suspect about the claim of even being an ‘LDS’ evolutionist. ‘Shouldn’t she at least believe in Intelligent Design?’ There is a whiff and taint of unbelief about her. Continue reading What parts of it do you believe?

Charles Darwin and Mary Anne Evans alone at the séance

Wouldn’t you have loved to have been there for this conversation? It is 1874 and spiritualism is the rage (you know: calling spirits back from the dead to knock on the pipes and lift tables off the floor). Charles Darwin and George Eliot have been invited to a séance at Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton’s house. Continue reading Charles Darwin and Mary Anne Evans alone at the séance