Here’s another one of these time-lapse videos associated with astronomical facilities. It’s amazing how far the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) has come, with all 36 antennas now on site, and a couple of them fitted with the phased-array feeds (PAFs). These PAFs function like a multi-pixel camera, enabling the ASKAP to view a… Read More ASKAP Time-Lapse
There are three reasons why a literal interpretation of the Genesis origin accounts cannot be taken seriously. 1. The Challenge of Modern Science While the impact of the theory of evolution is well-known, and continues to be a point of contention in American schools and churches, it needs to be reiterated that other scientific fields,… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 7 – Challenges to a Literal Interpretation of Genesis
This little story has been floating around Facebook for awhile, so I thought I’d post it here because I found it hilarious!
Real, full-blooded Darwinism, marked and scarred where it has engaged properly with the world, is a hugely more compelling creed than the one peddled in the paperbacks and accepted uncritically by scientifically unlettered people who want some sort of scientific excuse to rubbish religion. Real, full-blooded Christianity, acknowledging the absurdity of anaemic literalism, confronting the… Read More Real Darwinism, Real Christianity
I try to communicate this to my graduate students. They are brilliant and eager, often dashing toward their ideas as though there were hot coals under their feet. This is good. What concerns me is when that rushing seems fueled less by passion than by anxiety. But we must teach our students to balance their… Read More Publish or Perish?
The problem of suffering is undoubtedly one of the greatest conundrums faced by Christian theologians through the ages. Some theologians regard human and animal suffering as a consequence of mankind’s disobedience in the garden of Eden. But does any part of the story of ‘the Fall’ imply that there was no suffering prior to that? Looking… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 6b – ‘The Fall’ and Suffering
I asked some questions about what ‘the Fall’ meant in the context of evolutionary origins of species and human beings. After reading both Peter Enn’s the Evolution of Adam and Charles Foster’s the Selfless Gene, I am nowhere closer to forming my own opinion on it. Charles Foster does raise some important points that may… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 6a – Revisiting ‘the Fall’
Another inspiring time-lapse video of the night sky, by Randy Halverson (dakotalapse). Featuring an original score by composer Bear McCreary of Battlestar Galactica fame, what more could you ask for? 🙂
Today, on 26th August 2012, we all woke up to find out that Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, passed away at age 82. I was surprised to see on Facebook, how many of my friends considered him to be a role model or a childhood hero. People are commenting on news websites about… Read More One Small Step for a Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind…
I’ve been thinking a bit more about E. O. Wilson’s advice to young scientists. No doubt it’s great to say that one should pursue one’s passion when choosing a field of research, but how realistically can one expect to do so? Perhaps, a tenured scientist or someone with the reputation of Wilson himself may have… Read More ‘Research Interests’