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, […]

Are We More than our Brains?

This week, I want to send you over to the Presbyterian bloggers site. As you might know, once a month I write a post on science and religion over there.  Last month I wrote about Nancey Murphy’s book, Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? both at the Presbyterian bloggers site and here.   Please follow the link over to […]