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The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonia Martinez Dec 14, 2015. 25 Replies

What is the sin that I am committing that is not allowing me to experience this God. Can some Christian please tell me how to remove it? What do I need to do to?In the other thread @Reg asked this…Continue

CRSPR and Bioethics: How the science of what we can do can dangerously outstrip the ethics of what we should do

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Dec 3, 2015. 6 Replies

@Reg mentioned this briefly in another thread, and it seems worthy of discussion.All of you are probably familiar with the rapid advance of gene sequencing technology within the past two decades. …Continue

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Pope Beanie replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"And then God said "Let there be quarks and gluons inside my supposedly elementary particles!". (I believe that document is still buried somewhere near the Dead Sea.) "
Tuesday
SteveInCO replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"See what I wrote in response to Reg, below...scale isn't the only issue. (OK, I see you have responded to Pope, who responded to me.) They even got the colors wrong in this diagram.  (Kidding!  but I do notice that when I was a kid…"
Tuesday
Noel replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"Laughing my ass off! Talk about covering all your bases. You'd think the gods would be smart enough to sniff out a phony. Silly, stupid gods... "
Monday
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"One of the problems of the subatomic level is that we really have little choice other than to use terms metaphorically. Is an electron round and a tiny sphere or is it a sphere-shaped fog with a nucleus in the middle? Is the nucleus a bunch or…"
Sunday
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"Re: point 2., I had intended to include a typical depiction of an atom like you might see in a textbook or article, and of course such depictions are almost unimaginably wrong in terms of the real scale of the components of an atom.  "
Sunday
Pope Beanie replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"I was thinking similarly, but in fact I can no longer visualise electrons as particles, except perhaps in an instant of time when it is interacting directly with another particle. During any other instant in time, it is just wave function or field…"
Sunday
SteveInCO replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"Also re 2) not only are those drawings not to scale but unless you happen to be looking at a college chemistry textbook, they're probably just fucking wrong, showing a sort of mini solar system (it's a convenient mental shorthand, though,…"
Apr 24
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"RE point 2 above. Yes, the size of an atom is impossible to imagine. The width of the period at the end of this sentence is about 10 million atoms. Each of those atoms is 99.9999999999999 % (13 of them) empty space. So the nucleus of the atom…"
Apr 24
Unseen replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"There simply wasn't enough data for one explanation to rule out the other. Even today, some respectable physicists don't think The Big Bang has been conclusively proven, for example. String theory, explains a lot, and brings in numerous…"
Apr 24
Mike Russell replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"I don't like complicated, unless it has to be.  I won't even attempt to answer these questions in the way that they are presented, because it is too much like a school exam and anyway, full answers would take many books!1) Of course…"
Apr 24
Tom Sarbeck replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"In almost a year, an earthquake didn't move the building enough to increase the ball's swing and knock Tyson's head off? Not in New York."
Apr 24
Pope Beanie replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"I like this oldie but goodie: "
Apr 15
Dr. Bob replied to mobojo23's discussion 'I wonder why -'
"Sorry, @mobojo, you've got your science wrong.  The great majority of organisms have to be producers, not consumers, otherwise you violate energy conservation and the second law of thermodynamics.  If you're in our universe, the…"
Dec 11, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
""There aren't any mysteries"  - that's not true: there are problems, for example, in finding out how to compete with "Jesus" and "Christianity" in motivating and inspiring people.  Those are…"
Dec 9, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"I hope that people can see how a bit of detailed fundamental knowledge makes the whole thing piss-easy. "
Dec 9, 2015
Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'The Sinful Doctor and the Farmer who's a sinner'
"I complained about and made fun of Trevor's explicit statement that thinking for yourself is a sin.  Of course, as an atheist, I think that is the biggest hogwash I have ever heard.  However, at the same time, it points the way…"
Dec 9, 2015

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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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