Fun with Physics!

There was important science news this week. Two research groups announced they have found a particle which looks very much like the Higgs Boson Particle. You can read about it here and here. I understand that this is an important discovery- a once in a lifetime event for physicists. But I’m no physicist, so I went looking […]

WEIRD Bible Reading

Last week we tackled a difficult topic, the “elephant” in our brains. We began thinking about how much our actions are biologically driven and how much we are predisposed for group belonging. This is a difficult concept for many of us. In part two of  Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided […]

The Elephant in our brains.

Intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second. Moral intuitions arise automatically and almost instantaneously, long before moral reasoning has a chance to set started, and those first intuitions tend to drive our later reasoning. If you think that moral reasoning is something we do to figure out the truth, you’ll be constantly frustrated by how foolish, biased, and illogical people […]

Thinking critically about critical thinking.

“How Critical Thinkers Loose Their Faith in God”.  Did you see this headline in Scientific American?  Or how about this headline from the L.A. Times, “Thinking Can Undermine Religious Faith, study finds”. When you read these headlines, what did you think? There they go again, scientists bashing faith. Or did you think, no surprise here, more […]

Physics and Philosophy

When we enter into conversation about science and religion, it is important for us to be able to recognize when we move from discussion about the results of science to the philosophical/theological interpretation and reflection on the implication of those results. We all make that move, from results to implication and interpretation. In a sense, […]