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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sunspots 109


Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Science: Many new species have been found in the ocean off Antarctica.

Battery electricity is a lot more expensive than house current.

Exhibit A on why blanket rejection of mainstream science gives Christianity a black eye -- a post against the idea that the earth revolves around the sun, in the name of Christianity. Make that two black eyes, and a bloody nose.

A National Public Radio report on why it is so hard to lose weight and keep it off, and on why people try diets again and again, even though they don't usually work.

This week's Christian Carnival is here. For information on these Carnivals, go here .

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7 comments:

Matt said...

PLEASE tell me that guys isn't serious with his anti-heliocentric post! Not only is he giving Christians a bad name but he is giving village idiots a bad name!

Martin LaBar said...

As far as I can tell, the post is serious.

Rob Rumfelt said...

That was definitely a strange post. But the scientific types have their strange ones, too.

Check out www.defendscience.org for starters. Evidently because some people don't believe in evolution or don't want doctors using embryonic stem cells, all of science is under attack. And, of course, it's the dark forces of the religious right and their accomplices in the government who are responsible. I've rarely seen a better display of paranoia.

While you're at it, go over to www.edge.org and read the article there titled "Why Do Some People Resist Science?" Why should "Science" care? What's going on here?

Since when is science a cohesive world view that needs defending from people who may be resistant to it?

I guess there are fringes in all areas.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Bob. You are right. Scientists can be irrational, and distort the truth, too. But that's no excuse for Christians ignoring, or rejecting, part of God's revelation.

Rob Rumfelt said...

Couldn't agree more. Just interested in a level playing field. Religious people are always made to look irrational while the myth of the impartial, objective scientist persists. True, many are, but far from all!

Thanks for the shot of adrenaline! And DO check out those sites.

All the Best

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks again, Bob. I did look at both of the web pages you suggested. Although the Defend Science page suggests that all science is under attack, that isn't true. For example, I haven't read of any attacks on ideas related to chemical bonding, or Newtonian physics, lately, from anyone, whatever their politics or religious persuasions. Not all Christians, or Republicans, can be classified fairly as against science.

However, it appears to be true that the Bush administration has ignored scientific findings for political reasons in several cases, and there are some other people who would probably be fairly called "anti-science."

As to the Edge page, it was interesting, and some of it makes a lot of sense. But to say that dualism has been scientifically disproved, as they do, is going too far.

Thanks.

Rob Rumfelt said...

I knew I liked you, Martin!

I think another thing that bothers me about Defend Science and the Edge article is the political subtext underneath both of them.

Have a great day.