Category Scientific

There is no Heaven

I can make such a statement and claim it to be a valid, scientific assertion.  To avoid any word play or semantics, I can clarify my statement by defining the Heaven I’m referring to. For example, there is no Heaven as described by the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In other words, a […]

The Spherical Earth Theory

Have you ever wondered how we know the Earth is a sphere? Maybe it’s a disc. The moon looks like a disc in the sky… There are people who simply don’t understand, and apparently refuse to get educated about, how we know things. Much of this stems from religious indoctrination and education, where the faithful […]

Free Will

I have now read two articles by two well-respected men of science–evolutionary biologist and author Jerry Coyne, and neuroscientist, author and one of the Four Horsemen, Sam Harris—concerning the matter of free will. Both articles ultimately take the position that we in fact, do not have free will. That it is nothing more than an […]

The road to truth is bumpy

In order to make progress, one must occasionally confront something head-on, and if that thing is held in high regard by some, the collision may be a messy one. There is a long and ugly history surrounding the search for truth, and many have paid dearly for their endeavors. But without truth, or at least […]

The First Americans

The study of human evolution and the spread of human beings across the globe fascinates me, so I was drawn to a seminar during Darwin Week 2012 at the College of Charleston called the Ice Age Dispersal of Humans to the Americas. I took copious notes and have been meaning to compile them into something […]

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is wrong

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a scientist, and a very popular one. He serves not only in the capacity of a working scientist, but also as one who brings science to the masses, a communicator of science if you will. He hosts television programs as well as appearing as a guest on television programs. For all […]

A Universe from Nothing: Book Review

After watching Lawrence Krauss on YouTube, doing a presentation on how the Universe could have arisen from nothing, I felt compelled to buy the book, even knowing how I struggle with physics. The question of the Universe’s origin is just too fascinating to pass up an opportunity to possibly answer it. I did struggle through […]

Pattern Seeking Jesus

Human beings like patterns. Our brains make sense of the visual inputs we get by assembling things we see or hear into expected models. Biologically, this is a very useful brain function as it would have allowed our ancestors to better survive when they imagined the face of a predator in the tall jungle grass, […]

I don’t believe in Evolution, Part II

In this my second post in a series addressing some of the common reasons people give for not believing in the Theory of Evolution, I’m going to address what Evolution is, and what it isn’t. If you haven’t already read my other posts on the subject, the whole thing would make a lot more sense […]

I don’t believe in Evolution, Part I

I thought I’d take a slightly different approach to my next post on evolution. I’ve written three posts designed to help the non-scientist who doesn’t believe in evolution get a handle on the basics and begin an understanding that will ultimately lead to bringing the non-believer over to the side of truth, enlightenment and the […]