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.

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

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?

Explaining fossils: Many worlds smashed together to make this one

I keep hearing that fossils came from some other creations out there in the far reaches of space–that our Earth is a conglomerate of the remnants of these previous creations. My kids have actually heard this in seminary. Apparently the story goes something like this: God made lots of worlds though special acts of creation. Then to make this Earth he took all these other creations and put them together into this one. This story is nice because it explains how come we have fossils millions of years old on a earth that is just a few thousand years old. It answers the age old question, “How do we get rid of Godless evolution.” So dinosaurs lived in these extra solar planets which furnished the material for this earth. The great thing about armchair speculation like this is that you don’t have to deal with any messy things like data and evidence. Continue reading Explaining fossils: Many worlds smashed together to make this one

Guest Blogging

Just in case you want to get more of my blogging (ha ha). I’ve been asked to be a two week guest blogger over at By Common Consent (http://www.bycommonconsent.com/).

A Raven teaches a lesson on death before the Fall

Science is like a blabbermouth who ruins the movie by telling you how it ends. Well, I say there are some things we don’t want to know. Important things. Ned Flanders. The Simpsons Episode: Lisa the Skeptic.

Today on the way to the UN I was attacked by a Raven. I found this fairly . . . → Read More: A Raven teaches a lesson on death before the Fall

A little more on truth

Warden: He drew a unicorn in space. I ask ya, what’s it breathing? Homer: Air? Warden: Ain’t no air in space. Homer: There’s an Air & Space Museum

What does it mean to live a rational life? (as if I’d know) Let’s start with an extreme example. Clifford’s Principle states that it is wrong . . . → Read More: A little more on truth

Tsetse flies

I’m doing a sabbatical in Vienna to try and understand how best tsetse flies can be controlled. Why? They cause Nanga in cattle, and sleeping sickness in humans. Cattle in Africa are used not only for food and milk, but they also provide the labor necessary to grow crops. . . . → Read More: Tsetse flies