Scientists and engineers who want to construct some of the worlds best telescopes in remote locations all over the world often find themselves in awkward situations when confronted with the issue of native land titles. When these involve sacred sites, like the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii where some of the best optical telescopes in… Read More Australia and NZ’s bid for the SKA
Are we staring into a bleak future where self-aware machines nuke the planet, take over the world, and send assassin robots back in time to hunt down John Connor? Who would have predicted, that a citizen science project initiated by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) would eventually lead to the demise of humanity… Read More theSkyNet Comes Online!
Here’s a good discussion on science and religion aired after the Curiosity episode ‘Did God Create the Universe’ featuring Stephen Hawking. It’s good to hear the ‘not-so-extremes’ having an intelligent discussion, instead of the tendency of mass media to highlight the fundamentalists on both sides of the divide.
Cost overruns in large-scale scientific projects occur more frequently than not, with NASA being one of the biggest culprits. The most recent high-profile casualty is of course the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). There are serious concerns that the entire project may be cancelled, after proposals for… Read More Have We Stopped Dreaming?
What is commonly known as ‘the Fall’ plays a significant role in the redemption narrative found in evangelical circles. The assumption is that the original creation, as completed in the first 6 days, was perfect, until Adam and Eve ate of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Till then, there… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 4 – Good, but Not Necessarily Perfect
Now the Earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep… And God set out to correct that. Day 1 to 3 involved shaping and forming what was once formless… Day 1: separating light and darkness Day 2: separating sea and sky Day 3: separating sea and dry land, vegetation The… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 3 – Forming and Filling
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Such a statement would not have been made callously. It was deliberately provocative. It flew in the face of everything the ancient Mesopotamians believed. As the first sentence to a creation story, the origin of God is glaringly omitted, implying that in fact, God has no… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 2 – Countering the Dominant Culture
John Walton, in his book ‘The Lost World of Genesis 1: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate‘, argues that the early chapters of Genesis serve not to expound upon material origins, but to provide a basis for their functions. Apparently, this was not the concern solely of the author of Genesis but of the dominant… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 1 – Material Origins or Functionality?
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom ~ 1 Corinthians 1:25 I’ve heard this phrase from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians quoted many a time by many a devout Christian. It is not surprising to find it often used by Creationists to justify their belief in a 6-day creation based on… Read More The Foolishness of God, and the Wisdom of Man
In our efforts to understand the world, we classify and categorize, as we have done for centuries. We classify living organisms into various kingdoms, phylla, classes, orders, families, genuses, species and subspecies. We classify rocks, stars, galaxies, cars and even coffee. There is no doubt that classification has played a huge role in science –… Read More Belong, Behave, Believe…