Archive for the 'Science' Category

No “God spot”: spirituality a complex phenomenon, researchers say

Today ScienceDaily has an article up called “Distinct ‘God spot’ in the brain does not exist, study shows“: “We have found a neuropsychological basis for spirituality, but it’s not isolated to one specific area of the brain,” said Brick Johnstone, professor of health psychology in the School of Health Professions. “Spirituality is a much more dynamic […]

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Is Dawkins’ new book a children’s primer for scientism?

When I first heard a description of Dawkins’ latest book, The Magic of Reality, I thought it sounded intriguing, if not promising. However, I certainly don’t like the way this review paints the book. …Dawkins’ volume is as accessible as it is illuminating, covering a remarkable spectrum of subjects and natural phenomena — from who […]

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Let’s not kid ourselves

Berenbaum: “Everything about insects is fascinating. They are truly remarkable creatures. So beautiful and so honest.” Mulder: “‘Honest’?” Berenbaum: “Eat, sleep, defecate, procreate. That’s all they do. That’s all we do, but at least insects don’t kid themselves that it’s anything more than that.” from “War of the Coprophages”, episode 3×12 of The X-Files This exchange […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Religious experience: so what if it’s all in your head?

This week’s episode of Unbelieveable? was nowhere near as incendiary as the interview released from last weekend — I’m glad Chris handled that one and not me! It was, however, a rather interesting contribution to the show’s “Mind, Body, and Soul Month.” (N.B. I have inserted the Oxford comma in that title where Brierley has […]

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Kids are naturalists. How would you like to spin that?

An article is up in Epiphenom called, “Supernatural explanations just don’t occur to kids – they need to be taught them.” I saw this linked on Google+ from an atheist claiming this as evidence that children only believe in the supernatural because we “FORCE” them to learn about it. Religion is child abuse, etc. It […]

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Why most Protestants need Adam and Eve to be historical

…and why the Church in the East never did. Listening to most Evangelical first-string leaders, you’d get the impression that apart from an historical Fall of Man that marred the souls of all the descendants of the ones who fell, you’d have no need for Jesus, and Christianity sails right out the window. So much […]

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The creolization of Christianity and the theory of evolution

NPR has a rather good article up called “Evangelicals Question The Existence Of Adam And Eve” (sic — what the heck is up with the indiscriminate capitalization?). It vividly showcases how the tide is (finally) starting to turn in this culture war for/against evolutionary theory. Peppered with quotes from several key people, including Dennis Venema, […]

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011