What does basic science do for me?

September 21st, 2008

Why should we invest in fundamental research? Basic science does not solve today’s problems, so how can we justify diverting valuable resources from immediate needs? Researchers in the most esoteric fields such as string theory and high energy physics have no idea how their work will lead to something practical.

There are two valuable consequences of basic science: (1) the generation of new knowledge and understanding that could not be anticipated by linear extrapolation; and (2) the training of bright minds that make direct contributions to our society. In short, science is an investment in the future. Most of the amazing technologies that we take for granted in the first part of the 21st century resulted from the fruits of basic science in the first half of the 20th century. Read the rest of this entry »

When debate is pointless

August 16th, 2008

Public debate is an essential ingredient of democracy. By encouraging both sides to present the most convincing argument, the facts surface and allow the rest of us to make up our minds. However, this process only works if the individuals involved are interested in making an informed assessment of the issues. At some point the facts emerge and the debate is over.

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Argument against a personal God

August 6th, 2008

As I see it, there is no evidence that a personal God exists in the form described in “Holy” books such as the Bible.  The basis of our belief in God is in ancient written records and oral tradition.  Not only are these sources known to be an unreliable method of transmitting information; but if taken literally, one can find many statements that are inconsistent with reality.

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Can science and faith lead to truth?

August 5th, 2008

I am always excited to learn new things, especially if I gain a deeper understanding about life. The best way to learn is to discuss and debate topics that make us uncomfortable. So, I started this site with the intension of communicating with others who have the same interest.s This blog is a companion to my other site, which will publish essays on science and religion., as well as provide useful information and links to resources.

My hope is to cover topics that go well beyond what most people would call science or religion. Stephen J. Gould argued that Science and Religion form two non-overlapping magisteria, or NOMAs (see a discussion on this topic at http://www.afterourtime.com/wiki/index.php?title=Science_and_Religion). For gaining understanding, science uses the scientific method while religion is based on faith. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to those who are seeking the truth

July 28th, 2008

Humans possess an innate thirst for knowledge and understanding of why we are here and how we can control our environment.   Early humans made cave drawings and performed rituals that are associated with this quest.  Religion as a source of knowledge has roots in antiquity, while science is a more recent addition that has transformed our modern world.  The importance of the fundamental questions addressed by both science and religion compels me to consider these questions in an open forum in hope that readers will engage in lively debate. I do not seek those who know the truth, but those who seek the truth. Read the rest of this entry »