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?
Here’s a recent TED talk by E. O. Wilson, who has some advice for young scientists. He begins by addressing young scientists in the audience with these words: “the world needs you badly.” I agree wholeheartedly, considering the state of scientific literacy in the world today, not just in developing and third world countries, but… Read More E. O. Wilson’s Advice to Young Scientists
It has been an enormous privilege to have the chance as a scientist to see God’s hand at work in the things we’re discovering. And one of the things that I’ve found most gratifying, especially since the publication of my book, has been the chance to talk to others who are struggling with how to… Read More The Legacy of a Christian Scientist
In a way familiar to philosophers and mathematicians, the suspicion is that the world is considerably more interesting and complex than meets the mundane eye. i find it decidedly odd that many scientists declare that the only route to understanding anything is via their method alone. How on earth can they be so sure? ~… Read More The Task of a Christian Scientist
All children are born scientists. Any parent knows the perpetual refrain of ‘Why does this happen, why that, why the other; why, why, why?’ Though many distractions, and what is laughingly called ‘growing up’, tend to submerge those childish enquiries, some of us are fortunate enough to have spent our lives indulging our natural curiosity… Read More The Challenge of a Christian Scientist
Christian faith has a profound insight in describing life as a pilgrimage, with us as pilgrims, each with a life to spend, and to spend it just once. I can see the connections between the different jobs and the way in which they have fitted together, so I will work on for as long as… Read More The Journey of a Christian Scientist
I myself owe an enormous amount to scientists who set out to integrate their faith and work. There is huge potential for intellectual synergy. It is my hope that many active scientists will catch something of this vision, and come to appreciate the importance of their faith for informing and energizing their work – and… Read More The Calling of a Christian Scientist
There’s been some interesting developments on the international front in the area of space sciences that involves a Malaysian. The United Nations has reappointed Dr. Mazlan Othman (apparently Malaysia’s first astrophysicist, and former director of Malaysia’s space agency) as the director of its little known Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Here’s a little bit… Read More Take Me to your Leader?
People often ask: what does it take to be a practicing scientist? And I think that the best answer that I can give is, “make sure you never grow up.” We’re all born with a natural curiosity. I believe the essence of being a scientist is to always come at the universe with that fresh,… Read More Make Sure You Never Grow Up!
Yesterday, I took a bit of time to listen to this one hour lecture on Creationism and Evolution by Eugenie Scott, given in 2007 as part of the Science and Religion lecture series at Hampshire College. Credits go to Salman Hameed of Irtiqa for organizing the talks and kindly posting them on his blog. Dr.… Read More Creationism (Not Creation!) vs. Evolution