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I Got the Cone of Uncertainty Blues

I live in Florida, where news shows used to jack up their ratings by calling the projected path of a hurricane The Cone of Death. The Cone of Death is approaching Tampa! Pretty dramatic, aye? Trouble is, hurricanes do what they want and having sent the whole city of Tampa shrieking up I-75, the hurricane … Continue reading

Underwater Magic

How is your week going? Good, I hope. Seriously. I’m moving websites soon and they tell me I can stay in touch with all of you. I certainly hope so. I’m moving because WordPress puts ads on here and I have no idea what they say, but I fear they may be as classy as … Continue reading

Science, Knowing and Missing the Big Picture

Do you like science? I do. Observing and theorizing and moving on to the next horizon-it’s definitely one of the “angels of our better (human) nature.” Of course, angels have been known to fall now and then, and so have humans, or at least this human has. A little humility is called for. We don’t … Continue reading

Is the Bible True? Part 1: Daffodils

Seems like a simple question, but for some reason it generates enough heat to power a continental electrical grid. What do we mean by true, anyway? Since the 1700s, we have adapted new standards for “true.” We now mean true according to historical and scientific standards, in other words, standards which we ourselves invented to … Continue reading

Plato vs Aristotle: Place Your Bets

If you like to really dig into philosophy, you can do so at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, but be warned, Aristotle said, “Philosophy can make people sick.” Alternatively, you could watch historian-comedian Mark Steele’s lectures on Youtube, where he laments that most people think of the Monty Python song when they hear Aristotel’s name: … Continue reading

Science says atheists don’t exist

Science says atheists don’t exist, they just choose a different Ultimate Value than others. The god that I hear militant fundamentalist atheists rail against is a big old dude, riding on the clouds with his finger poised over the “Smite” button. They don’t like him. I don’t either. This is the old sky god that … Continue reading

God, Science and the Problem of Evil

This post is in response to a twitter conversation. As you can imagine, it is difficult to discuss deep issues in 140 characters. Obviously what follows is my opinion, but then everything we think is our opinion, so here goes. The contention was that since God cannot be proven by science, God is not real. … Continue reading

In an age of cement and steel, what need for poets?

This is the age of science, of steel — of speed and the cement road. The age of hard faces and hard highways. Science and steel demand the medium of prose. Speed requires only the look — the gesture. What need then, for poetry? Great need! There are souls, in these noise-tired times, that turn … Continue reading

Science, History, the Bible and the Quest for Certainty

Let’s face it, humans crave certainty, and who can blame them? For 200,000 years, humans lived as hunter-gatherers, who were, and still are, very conservative when it comes to change.(1)  Hey, if it has worked forever to keep us alive, why mess with it? When one worldview was challenged, as must have happened when the … Continue reading

Fig Newton: Lifting Isaac Newton’s Fig Leaf

In the continuing phony battle between religion and science, the marvelous contributions of Sir Isaac Newton are often brought in on the atheist side. I say “the atheist side” because popular discussions of science/evolution quickly devolve into arguments about theology (atheology?) How does Newton hold up as the founding prophet of rationality and materialism? The … Continue reading