science


This is what happens when you don’t believe in God

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Science vs. God

Without recognizing that we are special because we have the breath of life from God – I supposed there’s a lot to be afraid of.   Thinking that machines will self-actualize, like HAL in 2001 A Space Odyssey, could lead one to be afraid of AI.  Knowing that it takes the breath of God to make us what we are, leads one to not be afraid of AI.  No matter how smart we may think we are – we don’t have, and never will have, the ability to give anything the breath of life from God. No.  It’s not AI that we need to be afraid of. …


Science vs God – The Concepts of String Theory

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Science vs. God

Given that I’m a “lowly mortal” and not perfect – I need to be sure you get this next part.  What is suggested here is only a possibility – a possible explanation of why we might perceive these 11 dimensions.  I make no statement as to what God actually did, does or will do.  It’s an explanation of how the Bible and science might be much more in line than many people think – as opposed to the all too easy position to take that the Bible and science are totally at odds with each other.  


Who’s afraid of science?

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Science vs. God

On top of that, many people are taught that science is too hard to understand. The truth is, pretty much anything can be made to seem to hard to understand. If someone uses really big words – words that are only known to the “insiders” in whatever field it may be – anyone on the “outside” probably wouldn’t have a clue what’s being talked about. But it doesn’t have to be that way.


What’s the significance of people living to about 120 years?

You know how when you read those parts of the Bible you tend to skip over them? You probably just skipped it now. … if they are mentioned again, it probably says something about their heritage anyway. And failing that – if you really want to know who someone was, just Google them. What’s the big deal?


Screwtape Letter #1 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 5 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

And so it begins, but notice that it’s not at the beginning. Screwtape is responding to a letter that Wormwood wrote – but we don’t get to read. In fact – we never get to read what Wormwood writes – much as we never really get to “hear” what Satan “says” to us.


Screwtape Letter #1 – Questions

This entry is part 4 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

And so it begins, but notice that it’s not at the beginning. Screwtape is responding to a letter that Wormwood wrote – but we don’t get to read. In fact – we never get to read what Wormwood writes – much as we never really get to “hear” what Satan “says” to us.


Quantum Immortality

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Quantum Theory and God

The whole concept of alternate realities is about different possibilities of the way life is – like maybe there’s a really good me in some universe and a really bad me in some other universe – and for that matter an infinite number of me’s ranging from the worst of the worst to the best possible human in an infinite number of universes.
OK – that’s great for me. But what about you – the reader? And your family and friends? Why should they be stuck in one of my universes?


Is life supposed to be like this – 64,000 dangerous household chemicals?

Is life supposed to be like this: House Set to Subject 64,000 Household Chemicals to Regulation Of course not. So why do so many people reject the chance to have a better life?   When I first read the headline on msn.com news – House Set to Subject 64,000 Household Chemicals to Regulation – my first thought was about how much money that was going to cost. Then I wondered how the chemical companies ever let this get considered, let alone approved. Then I read the article (Sorry, this article is apparently no longer available), and understood why the chemical companies were not only OK with it – but would support it. Then I thought about how eventually – this won’t be a problem. Finally – I thought about the issue of – So why do so many people reject the chance to have a better life? A better life? Yes – a better life. Let’s look at that and see how.  And why so many will reject the opportunity. First of all – the 64,000 chemicals that are going to be regulated.  And these are just the ones to be regulated.  I would never have thought the number would be […]


proselytizers of a new faith

  I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith … Questions – Who said that?  What is this “new faith”? And what does this have to do with what the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:11?   Answer #1 – who said it – Professor J. Dunphy. Who is he?  The author of “A Religion for a New Age”, which was published in Humanist Magazine. What is Humanist Magazine?  An atheist publication. How can an atheist publication talk about a new faith?  Read on and prepare to be really upset. Post Views: 4


The problem of Global Warming

What’s the real problem of Global Warming? Arrogance. Here in California where I am, you can no longer build a house with a fireplace.  At least “regular” people can’t.  I’m sure that with enough money and loopholes, the rich people can do it.  But the average person can’t.  Because we will make global warming worse. There are also days when those of us in old houses that do have fireplaces are told we can’t use them.  Because we will make global warming worse. I’m waiting for the day when we’re told we can’t use our outdoor BBQ any more either. Because we will make global warming worse. Arrogance. Seriously. Look at this picture:   This is a picture from a forest fire raging in Alberta Canada as I’m writing this. Now – ask yourself – does this contribute to global warming? Does it maybe contribute to global warming more than some fireplaces and bbqs? And it’s not like this is the only fire.  There are lots of them. When I was in school – we used to be taught that things like forest fires were “nature’s” way of taking care of those forests.  The old / dead stuff was burned […]


Will pig hearts end up in people?

  Researchers keep pig hearts alive in baboons for more than 2 years This is a real headline. Should we care? The picture on the left is a group of doctors transplanting a baboon heart into a human. Yes – that’s right – a baboon heart into a human. The pig heart question maybe doesn’t seem so far-fetched any more does it? Post Views: 5


Self-folding material?

  Did the paper plane on the left really fold itself into that shape?   Does that make the paper – or whatever material it is – “intelligent?   Is this the first inanimate object that can manipulate itself?   Or, for those old enough to remember them, is this like the SASE? Remember the SASE?  In case you don’t – it was a “Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope”. I never did get them to work properly.  The darned things never did address or stamp themselves.   They failed to function – at all. Every single time I always ended up addressing them and putting on the stamp myself! So has the problem finally been solved? There’s a clue in the sentence below – along with more propaganda. Call it one small step for material science, one giant leap for origami. Researchers have created the first heat-reactive polymer material that can not only remember its current shape but also memorize new ones. The clue – it’s heat reactive. The propaganda – that it “memorizes” new shapes. PLEASE!!! What is the need by some people to give “intelligence” to objects that don’t have any? What is the need to make inanimate objects somehow seem to […]


Were medieval “pocket Bibles” really made from aborted animal tissue?

  Ancient bibles were made from livestock   This is the headline from scienceshot.  In a way, it sounds awful.  But it’s better than what they used to say.  And better still than what some others say. Why is it so hard to just tell the story without bias and lead with what gets pushed to the very end? … suggesting that the thin vellum was a question of time-consuming craftsmanship … Post Views: 8


Can the vocabulary of deceit reveal fraudulent studies?

  Do scientific fraudsters have a distinct literary style? They do, suggests a new study from researchers who pay close attention to the vocabulary of deceit. … according to sciencemag.org.   What is the extent of this deceit? So there are fraudulent studies.  And they can detect them by the words used.  Neither of these is particularly shocking.   But look at the words in the picture above – which was included in the article.  Was this a slip – or was it intentional?   Maybe even an attempt at subliminal influence on the people reading the article? I mean – look at some of those words – angel – one of a class of spiritual beings; a celestial attendant of God. sacred – devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose;consecrated. good – morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious. shine – to give forth or glow with light; shed or cast light. All of the definitions above are the first ones listed for the word at dictionary.com.   Not from a religious or Bible dictionary.  Just an ordinary site that anyone who speaks English would be likely to go to. But let’s look at them – angel – one of a […]


Scientists “agree” – God was right – again

  Scientists are beginning to agree with God yet again.  And again – it’s about water.   Find out why the fact that it’s about water is so important.   And – did they learn anything “important” from this new “knowledge”?     Ro 1:19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made … Yes – I’m taking these verses out of context.  For a reason.  It’s kind of an “if … then …” set of verses.  And I’m starting with the “if …” part. Paul is saying here that certain things about God have been made plain to us – since the creation of the world.  And that’s what we’re going to look at – something that we’ve been told for thousands of years – something about the creation of the earth – and that some are just now recognizing.  But are they learning – and truly “seeing”. As it says in Ezekiel 12:1-2 – Eze 12:1 The word of the LORD […]


A chimpanzee is the equivalent of a human child?

  “Tommy is the equivalent of a human child,” he told Wired. “He is a cognitive and extraordinarily complex being.” The quote is from Steven Wise, a Harvard Law Professor. Tommy is a chimpanzee. This is allegedly about whether or not chimps (and presumably other animals) can be held “against their will” and used in research.  More details are available at these web sites: http://qz.com/388067/two-chimpanzees-have-been-officially-recognized-as-legal-persons/ http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-animals/2015/04/judge-s-ruling-grants-legal-right-research-chimps One judge did actually rule in favor of recognizing chimps as legal persons, until another judge wrote something about how wrong that decision was.  Wrong – not by any moral standards, but by legal standards: “In our view, it is this incapability to bear any legal responsibilities and societal duties that renders it inappropriate to confer upon chimpanzees the legal right—such as the fundamental right to liberty protected by the writ of habeas corpus—that have been afforded to human beings,” judge Karen Peters wrote in the official opinion and order. That statement did nothing to overturn or even conflict with the views of Wise, the Harvard Professor who filed the writ of habeus corpus that got this whole thing started. In fact, Wise continues – “Chimpanzees are autonomous, self-determining beings. Why shouldn’t they be legal persons?” […]


The problem of inerrancy

  Someone asked a while back on one of the posts if I believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. The implication was that no reasonable person could possibly believe such a thing.  After all – who could possibly believe that the earth was created in six literal days? Or that people walked with dinosaurs?  My answer would be something along the lines of – exactly where does the Bible say either of those things?  In fact – it doesn’t. The problem isn’t errors in the Bible – the problem is errors in people’s interpretation of the Bible.  If someone wants the Bible to say something – they’ll find a way to make that happen.  It’s human nature to do things like that.  And it’s not just with the Bible.   Look at statistics.  Having taken a few graduate level statistics courses and programmed several statistical analysis models – including for a motion picture studio and a US Navy contractor – I think I have a bit of a background to confirm an old saying – there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.  While they are purely mathematical in nature – they say what they say – the way people […]


It’s time for Christians to acknowledge what Darwin REALLY did

  What Darwin really did was prove the Bible was correct! And who told Moses what we read in Genesis today?  God.   It’s about time Christians stopped attacking Darwin for his order of creation of species – and start telling it like it really is – that Darwin merely discovered an order of creation that Moses already knew 5,000 years ago.  And Moses knew – because God told Him. I posted something a couple days ago about why the Big Bang Theory is not contrary to what the Bible says.  Not only that, but scientists are now trying to find a different theory – I believe in large part because too many scientists, who are also Christian, are embracing the Big Bang theory as very much in line with what Moses wrote.  In other words –  the Big Bang Theory confirms what God told Moses 5,000 years ago! Now that we’ve just passed another birthday for Charles Darwin, it’s time to look at what he really did.  And I think we’ll find it’s pretty much the same.  All Darwin really did is yet again prove that what God told Moses is again being proved out by scientists. Let’s look at […]


Why are scientists running away from The Big Bang?

Some say Christians should avoid science.  Others, like me, say we should embrace it.  Could God be the reason scientists are now saying the big bang didn’t happen? Everything we know about the Big Bang could be wrong     The quote above is from dailydot.com.  Here’s the opening line from the article.  Hope you’re sitting down. Could the Big Bang theory be wrong? A proposed new model of the universe argues yes—the universe has no origin point at all. It’s funny.  Some people say Christians should stay away from comparing science and the Bible.  Others – like C. S. Lewis, one of my favorite authors – say the exact opposite.  I’ve always thought embracing both science and the Bible should be a good thing.  I mean – what are we afraid of?  That God lied about how the universe was created?  Or maybe that He doesn’t know how it happened? The fear is that by trying to use the Bible to explain what scientists say, we are up against a moving target – because even though science claims to have the answer and really “know” things – those “known” things change.  Just like this one says – Everything we […]


Cockroaches have personalities? Science – or dehumanize people at any cost?

Is this really a goal of some scientists – to prove that people are no better than cockroaches? Filthy, smelly, repulsive. There are a lot of ways to describe cockroaches, but “full of personality” usually isn’t one of them. Yet a team of scientists has not only found evidence that the scuttling insects have personalities, but also discovered that when cockroaches get together, they create a group personality. I read this, and can’t help but think of this verse from the Bible – Jn 11:35 Jesus wept. Seriously.  Is this what some people aspire to?  Reducing human life to the level of a cockroach? Makes me think of some other Bible verses – God’s Wrath Against Mankind Ro 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Ro 1:21 For although they […]


shrimp with 12 retina – evolution or design?

This is part of a continuing series to show the amazing things that God has created.  It also hopefully serves as an educational tool to show just how impossible random chance evolution really is. In the deep sea, where light is dim and blue, animals with bigger eyes see better—but bigger eyes are more conspicuous to predators. In response, the small (10 mm to 17 mm), transparent crustacean Paraphronima gracilis has evolved a unique eye structure. And there’s the question – evolved – or designed?     A summary of the article is available at sciencemag.org.  An account is required to read the entire article. To give an idea of the actual size of this shrimp, it’s length in inches would be from 0.39 to .67 inches.  Roughly between 1/2 and 2/3 of an inch.  That’s small. Here’s what the scientists did – Researchers collected the animals from 200- to 500-meter deep waters in California’s Monterrey Bay using a remote-operated vehicle. They then characterized the pair of compound eyes, discovering that each one was composed of a single row of 12 distinct red retinas. Reporting online on 15 January in Current Biology, the researchers hypothesize that each retina captures an image that is […]