Category Archives: Sciences

Worth your reading time: James Hannam on medieval Christianity and the rise of modern science

Medieval Christianity and the Rise of Modern Science, Part 1 Medieval Christianity and the Rise of Modern Science, Part 2

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Oh dear, yet another disappointing reversal for Richard Dawkins — can he get anything right?

Seems Dawkins not only gets Christianity and religion badly wrong, but evolution too: Far from random, evolution follows a predictable genetic pattern, Princeton researchers find Evolution, often perceived as a series of random changes, might in fact be driven by … Continue reading

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Photograph of the day: Dying star

Click on the image to enlarge it. A dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer.  In death, the star’s dusty outer layers are unravelling into space, … Continue reading

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Being grumpy can be good for you

It’s not all bad news for grumpy people like me: You make fewer mistakes and are better at communicating: Why being a grump can be GOOD for you Optimism is not always as healthy as it might sound.  Rather, being … Continue reading

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Scientific study shows: Have an abortion, die younger

Study finds abortion linked to shortened lifespan of mother by Michael Cook

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Pic of the day: The De Hortus Sanitatis (Garden of Health), 1491, one of Europe’s earliest medical texts

More here. Also: [Stained glass] Pic of the day: St. Austremonius amongst the beasts of the wild

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The problem with wind farms . . .

Are wind farms saving or killing us?  A provocative investigation claims thousands of people are falling sick because they live near them

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Secularist Inquisition of sociologist who dared to go where the empirical evidence leads

An Academic Auto-da-Fé: A sociologist whose data find fault with same-sex relationships is savaged by the progressive orthodoxy writes Christian Smith Whoever said inquisitions and witch hunts were things of the past?  A big one is going on now.  The … Continue reading

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Levantine DNA in Ethiopia supports biblical story of Queen of Sheba

Levantine DNA in Ethiopia May Support Biblical Story Clues to the origins of the Queen of Sheba legend are written in the DNA of some Africans, according to scientists.  Genetic research suggests Ethiopians mixed with Egyptian, Israeli or Syrian populations … Continue reading

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American fundamentalist schools are using the Loch Ness monster to disprove evolution

Schoolchildren in Louisiana are to be taught that the Loch Ness monster is real in a bid by religious educators to disprove Darwin’s theory of evolution Thousands of children in the southern state will receive publicly-funded vouchers for the next … Continue reading

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Christians still at the forefront of AIDS response: Vatican calls for free AIDS treatment across Africa

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone called on Friday for “free and efficient treatment” for AIDS sufferers in Africa.

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An empirical argument for chastity

HHS Mandate Ignores Emotional Impact Casual Sex Has on Women There is ample evidence that giving unmarried women free contraception encourages them to engage in sexual relations with one or more partners.  Besides exposing these women to sexually transmitted diseases … Continue reading

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Thomas Burnett on ‘Scientism’

‘Scientism . . . is a speculative worldview about the ultimate reality of the universe and its meaning.  Despite the fact that there are millions of species on our planet, scientism focuses an inordinate amount of its attention on human behavior … Continue reading

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Fanatical Buddhists endanger people’s lives in China by releasing thousands of poisonous snakes

Chinese Buddhists ’cause plague of serpents’ The 50 members of the “Let Blessings and Wisdom Grow” Buddhist group left Beijing in a nine vehicle convoy last Friday, driving for half a day with their cargo of snakes into the countryside of … Continue reading

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An article well worth 10-15 minutes of your reading time: Theology, science and naturalism by Conor Cunningham

The bluey-green text on the bright bluish-white background is needlessly hard to read, but it’s well worth the effort: Theology must save science from naturalism by Conor Cunningham

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Empirical data the New Atheists will ignore (as usual): Attending religious services leads to better health

Attending religious services linked to better health People who attend religious services regularly are less likely than others in this country to develop diabetes or high blood pressure, a new study suggests, adding a Canadian dimension to the growing but … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Albert Einstein on the meaning of life and being religious

‘To know and to answer to the question, ‘What is the meaning of human life?’ is to be religious.’ ~ Albert Einstein

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Quote of the day: Jonathan Sacks on science and religion

‘Science takes things apart to see how they work; religion puts things together to see what they mean.’ ~ Jonathan Sacks

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Edward Feser reviews another very bad book: Lawrence M. Krauss’ ‘A Universe From Nothing’

Not Understanding Nothing: A review of Lawrence M. Krauss’ A Universe from Nothing by Edward Feser Excerpt: For Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, for example, things in the world can change only if there is something that changes or actualizes everything … Continue reading

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Empirical facts shoot down one of the most enduring abortion myths: the health and safety of the mother

Chile study challenges the “safe abortion” myth: Contrary to claims, a ban on abortion is consistent with one of the world’s lowest maternal mortality rates Research from Chile published a few days ago shows that, when therapeutic abortion was banned … Continue reading

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Peter Harrison on Christianity and the rise of Western science

‘Could modern science have arisen outside the theological matrix of Western Christendom?  It is difficult to say.  What can be said for certain is that it did arise in that environment, and that theological ideas underpinned some of its central … Continue reading

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Great cat heroes: Bob the Busker

Recovering drug addict James Bowen’s life was at a low ebb in the spring of 2007.  On methadone as part of a programme to wean him off heroin, he was barely scraping an existence busking in London’s Covent Garden, when … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Chinese sewer transformed into a sea of colour after dumping of millions of pill capsules

Environmental officials in China have been left baffled by the mysterious dumping of millions of pill capsules which has left a sewer awash with colour. The bizarre sight along Zhengshang Road in Zhengzhou, China, has seen a 900 ft. ditch transformed into … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Global warming guru James Lovelock on why he was alarmist and wrong

‘I made a mistake.  The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing.  We thought we knew 20 years ago.  That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear cut, but it hasn’t happened.  The … Continue reading

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Today’s false prophets: Environmental scaremongers

A few examples of false prophets falsely prophesying in 1970, the inaugural year of ‘Earth Day’: ‘Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.’ – Biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, … Continue reading

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