Category Archives: Science

Continuity and discontinuity

Here’s an interesting podcast by Intelligent Design proponent Paul Nelson, a philosopher of science, whom I’ve got to know a little both through Peaceful Science and via a mutual friend.

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Are research paradigms faith commitments?

When I was about five, I joined the TV comic’s Red Ray Club, whose badge was proudly preserved in the family until my brother wisely threw it out of his home a year or two ago.

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Cutting edge science and witch trials

Using the Salem witch trials as an analogy in my last post made me aware of the controversial figure of Cotton Mather, the archetypal superstitious Puritan widely blamed for the Salem witch trials.

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Intersectional shamanism

Three cheers for actor Laurence Fox, who on the BBC’s Question Time refused point blank to acknowledge the very validity of the existence of the “unconscious institutional racism” of the British people voiced by a (white) audience member regarding the Artist Formerly Known as HRH.

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Death before the Fall

Three times in the last week, I’ve encountered YEC objections to old-earth thinking in general, and Genealogical Adam and Eve in particular, that stress the theological importance of the direct relationship between sin and death. One of these was in one of the few negative comments on Josh Swamidass’s YouTube interview (a good watch), one was from a scholar into whose correspondence I was copied, and one was from another Christian academic in a video on another topic.

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You can’t judge a book…

…by looking at the cover But you can at least try. The publisher sent me the proposed cover design for my forthcoming book before the weekend, which delighted me as it matches exactly what I had in mind (so it’s entirely my fault if it’s rubbish!).

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Playing the racist card

Joshua Swamidass’s book on the Genealogical Adam and Eve Hypothesis is doing pretty well on the Amazon bestseller list. I guess that might bode well for my own book on the hypothesis once it comes out, if folks are interested in the possible applications as well as the science of the idea.

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Tall tales in science

I found this short, but useful “entry level” video on the replication crisis in science on YouTube.

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Heidi, hi!

I chanced upon an example of my kind of science documentary on TV over the weekend, by courtesy of those nice people at Nature.

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Is wokeness a running-through-treacle dream?

A vegan Green explained to me over Christmas why eating eggs is bad. The problem, it seems, is that poultry bred for egg-laying is sexed at a day old, and the males, being non-productive, are mostly culled for animal feeding or fertilizer. This denies them the right to a meaningful life, which cannot be justified on animal welfare terms. Ergo eating eggs is immoral.

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