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What, for you, is Science?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Jun 20. 87 Replies

In another thread, @ Reg posts:What is the best tool we have to get answers? Science is. Science does not care for the truth. It do [sic] not seek to assert that an idea is right. It first tries to…Continue

Tags: science, of, nature

Is Atheism an Idea?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Davis Goodman Jun 20. 118 Replies

Atheism is not an idea Bob. It's not meant to compete with anything. Your obsession with trying to put the rejection of a stupid idea on the same level as a stupid idea will never succeed no matter…Continue

Tags: ideas, atheism

Brendan Eich Ouster

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Apr 13, 2014. 37 Replies

I'm curious what the community thinks about the ouster (under pressure) of Brendan Eich from Mozilla.Should someone be deprived of their livelihood for contributing to a candidate or cause with which…Continue

Tags: 8, Proposition, discrimination, homosexual, Eich

Pope Francis considering appointing women cardinals?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judith van der Roos Nov 3, 2013. 1 Reply

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but no one knows where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone moved by the Spirit.Well, that didn't take long to get…Continue

Tags: Catholic, Church, cardinals, women, Francis

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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'Psychological research: bullshit, horseshit, or doggy doodoo?'
"5 sigma on a normal distribution gets you a basic probability of 99.99971%, not 99.99999% . As you say, however, the notion of p-values has been coming under increased scrutiny. "
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Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'Psychological research: bullshit, horseshit, or doggy doodoo?'
"Science lives in the fields, the machinery... it surrounds us and penetrates us... it binds the galaxy together. ;-) Sorry, Science is not The Force.  It does not "live" anywhere.  Nor is science the physical phenomena of the…"
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Dr. Bob replied to Andy Hoke's discussion 'So, how long until Iran's theocracy nukes Israel?'
"What I find interesting is how the idea of the atomic nature of matter that was formed thousands of years ago can be the basis of understanding of modern nanotechnology. No, not really.  That human knowledge which has been developed over…"
yesterday
Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'Psychological research: bullshit, horseshit, or doggy doodoo?'
"Nice imagination.   Much "hard" science is very expensive to reproduce, and there's very limited funding for verification studies.  We don't have a spare Large Hadron Collider, and running tests over and over on…"
Saturday
Dr. Bob replied to Unseen's discussion 'Psychological research: bullshit, horseshit, or doggy doodoo?'
"This is not limited to psychological research.   Officials at NIH have estimated that three quarters of biomedical research cannot be reproduced. http://www.wired.com/insights/2014/10/science-broken-but-can-be-fixed/ Five-thirty-eight did…"
Friday
Dr. Bob replied to Andy Hoke's discussion 'So, how long until Iran's theocracy nukes Israel?'
"Ironically perhaps, but the theocracy's religious mores have been one of the things historically that has kept Iran from deploying weapons of mass destruction. http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/10/16/when-the-ayatollah-said-no-to-nukes/ "
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Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"Aren't those theories and relationships outcomes rather than fundamentals of physics and chemistry? Many of them aren't even true, or are only first order approximations. Why do you believe in them?  Just because people did in the…"
Jul 9
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"Ah, OK, we're tripping over fundamentalism again."
Jul 9
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"There is scant evidence for a historical Jesus if you begin by eliminating everything written by any of his followers or preserved by any of the Christian western world. That's not a rational approach, and it's laughed out of the room by…"
Jul 5
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"Nobody wants you to believe in God, @Stultz.   If folks here agreed that religion can be a good thing for some people, then that would just move them into a-theism, and away from what I view as an occasionally irrational…"
Jul 5
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"I just have to laugh at this.  Science has been the most destructive, disruptive force in history.  It is often advanced through the funding and quest for new and better weaponry.  Caring and empathetic physicians who want to solve…"
Jul 5
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"Oh, well OK.   I certainly will agree that it did not create a code of morality out of whole cloth. What I'm completely mystified by is why you would even think that's a question?  Language, culture, rules, codes, etc. all…"
Jul 5
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"Church.  Reason, discovery, interaction with others, prayer, inspiration, writings, experiences."
Jul 5
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"As both a Christian and a scientist, I think those gray areas are what make the world delightful.  They are those things that we don't yet understand, and get to explore and discover and be frustrated by and challenged by and delighted…"
Jul 5
Dr. Bob replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I'm confused about morality'
"Not all evangelicals are fundamentalist, and the United States is just a tiny fraction of the world. I agree with you, though, that they are a rather exasperating and problematic group in the U.S."
Jul 5
Dr. Bob replied to ỮŊĐÜムņĮØńệ尺's discussion 'What reason would keep an aircraft from flying higher than 250 feet?'
"All aircraft have a "service ceiling" that is roughly the highest the airplane can fly.  As the atmosphere thins, it is harder to generate lift (but, happily, there's also less drag so there's a good reason to fly high). It…"
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Standing Fast for Education

Posted on April 4, 2015 at 3:30pm 19 Comments

Once again this past week we have news of students and colleagues who have become the target of violence by the forces of rabid tribal ignorance. 

Garissa University College on the plains of Kenya is a small but growing school.  It was formerly a "normal" school, which is the old fashioned name for a teachers' college - a place where bright and service-minded young people could prepare to carry the light of knowledge to children and teens in towns and villages across the area.   More…

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Atheist Admires Pope Francis. So what?

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:00pm 13 Comments

I ran across this piece by a on a blog maintained by the order.  I thought the piece was quite good, actually, and reflects my own views in many ways, and the comments the author makes both to Catholics and indirectly about atheists might be of interest to those here. 

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It’s not uncommon for my various social newsfeeds to look like an avalanche of news about Pope Francis; it’s an occupational hazard of (i) being a Jesuit and (ii) knowing a lot of Catholics.…

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Religion as Idolatry: A Theist's Perspective

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 7:22pm 13 Comments

This past week, in a small corner of the news there was information about a bombing of a Church in a small community near Arusha, Tanzania.  Several locals along with a handful of Saudi nationals have been arrested as responsible.  The target apparently was the Archbishop of Arusha, a man whom I know personally and whose installation I attended some years back in Tanzania.  Many innocent people were hurt, who were just gathered as a community to dedicate a new church building they had…

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At 1:56pm on April 8, 2015, Colleen Jousma said…

Are you really a doctor? :D 

At 6:06pm on November 21, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Yes, I am often more annoyed with the anti-science brigade than the religious fundies. I suppose there is a high correlation between them though. I will post this link in my next Sunday school page.

No bird though, just a good Indian curry!!

At 5:02pm on November 17, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Hi Bob, I found that post here...

At 7:02pm on November 15, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Hi Bob, I get the travel bit...I am about to fly to the US for Thanksgiving. I have a place in Florida and family living in Atlanta so we will meet up on the beach......I can't find the blog I wrote but will search again for it. I know I did not delete it. I have helped many fundamentalists and born again to get back on track (or on track for the first time). I am almost "religious" about it :-)

At 7:07pm on October 11, 2013, Cesar Deicide said…

Moderation? Seriously?

At 7:06pm on October 11, 2013, Cesar Deicide said…

What happened to the blog post?!

At 6:03pm on August 13, 2013, Unseen said…

Hello, Dr. Bob. Nice to meet you.

At 4:11pm on March 16, 2013, Sagacious Hawk said…

It's refreshing to see a believer on these forums approach with civil, polite, and intelligent discourse even when not treated with such. You, sir, have run our virtual gauntlet and gained my respect. I do hope you stick around and continue to contribute. I sometimes worry that without dissenting opinions and viewpoints, we'll just keep reinforcing our own, and while some of us try to keep a level head and an open mind, we can't articulate a different viewpoint as well as if it was actually ours.

That said, I know it can be a daunting task, but I look forward to seeing what you have to say in the future.

 
 
 

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