ISIS is obviously out to make al-Qaeda look like a pussy cat, which means that ISIS will do its very best to make 9/11 seem like a weak, unimaginative, uninspired attack on the Western world.
It is almost embarrassingly obvious how al-Qaeda can go about doing that.
The Involuntary Suicide Bomber Scenario…Continue
Several people have questioned the dominance of mechanistic thought in the sciences, and I must admit that my understanding of the scientific community comes from reading historical accounts and from conversations with scientific colleagues who began their careers half a century or more ago now -- and from reading works by scientists whose belief systems also go back a number of decades.
The gist of the conversations I recall was that people without an acknowledged commitment…Continue
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The usual way of creating a myth is very straightforward: You simply take an entity as it has come to be defined in ordinary experience and grandly alter some of its basic attributes to remove its limitations.
In Christianity, for example, the god myth was created by…Continue
In the last years of the eighteenth century, Thomas Young began to think about the properties of light, and in 1801, he presented a paper to the Royal Society on what has come to be known as Young's Double-Slit Experiment.
What he discovered was that light from…Continue
In 1935, Einstein and two colleagues published a paper that set off what has become close to a century of theorizing and research about entanglement phenomena.
The paper came to be known as EPR from the initials of the last names of its authors – and while they may not…Continue
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Back in the year 2000, I sent the following question to “Ask a NASA Scientist:”
Cosmologists seem to think of the big bang as a purely natural event. If that is indeed the assumption in cosmology, is it unreasonable to assume (from a purely scientific point of view) that the big…Continue
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Who's coming to the human adventure?
Here are two clues:
(1) It's all happened before, 600 million years ago.…Continue
There is one matter I should fess up to before my blog project here goes any further.
In the eBook I have put together, I have framed the worldview material I want to get around to discussing as a project to find the person with the best mind on the planet (which I cleverly christened as The BMOP Challenge).
I'm not really concerned with justifying the substance of the project, but I would like to make the tone of the challenge clear -- which I can best do by telling…Continue
We always act on some mixture of facts and beliefs. It's just a question of how rich the mixture is with facts.
Life being the way it is, though, there is probably no issue that doesn't involve some element of belief because just thinking that we have all of the facts in a given case is itself a belief that is a part of the fact-belief mixture.
But as convoluted as the issue can become, there are commonsense rules to apply -- a prime one being that the more fundamental the…Continue
Atheists, by and large, have let their opponents define them in the public mind by what they do not believe. And I strongly suspect that actually is a fair way to describe most atheists.
But there is another breed of atheist: An atheist with a body of positive beliefs that either makes the existence of god irrelevant or implies that god does not exist.
An atheist of this sort can fairly be called a technical atheist…Continue