Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Aczel vs. Krauss

My review of Amir D. Aczel's latest book, Why Science Does Not Disprove God, over at Forbes….

Friday, April 11, 2014

William Stoeger, SJ: 1943-2014

My short tribute to Fr. William Stoeger of the Vatican Observatory.

Friday, March 28, 2014

On RealClear Science's List of Great Priest-Scientists

As a result of the controversy surrounding the historical treatment of figures such as Giordano Bruno in Neil de Grasse Tyson's Cosmos reboot,  and the flurry of posts it's generated about the ‘war’ between religion and science, RealClearScience published a list of 9 Priests Who Were Great Scientists. The notion that science and religion are in permanent conflict is a myth, the RealClear editors note. "This superficial argument persists, no matter how much evidence accumulates against it." Indeed, they add:
The Catholic Church, of course, is the media's favorite whipping boy. However, the convenient narrative of a Church waging a two-millennia-long battle against science is drastically undermined by a long and inconvenient history of priests who were also productive scientists. Here are a few of them.

It’s a handy list--especially for history of science buffs. (Physicist Stephen Barr provides a more extensive list in his book, Modern Science and Ancient Faith.) But, I’m not sure it is going to convince skeptics that science and faith are so easily compatible.

Continue reading...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Einstein Beat Hoyle

Almost 20 years before the late Fred Hoyle and his colleagues devised the Steady State Theory, it turns out that Albert Einstein toyed with a similar idea: that the universe was eternal, expanding outward with a consistent input of spontaneously generating matter.
But, of course, it's more complicated than that.

Continued here….

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Discussing the Nye/Ham Debate on San Francisco Talk Radio

Last night I discussed the 'great debate' between Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and Ken Ham, Founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, on Gil Gross's afternoon radio program on San Francisco's KKSF, 910AM.

My segment starts about halfway in. It's always a bit jarring to hear your own voice, especially through a telephone. (Hopefully I did not sound too 'Boston'.)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stephen Hawking: Time to Discard the Event Horizon

It seems like Stephen Hawking has become his own brand these days. For example, my daughter loves to play with the new iPad app: Stephen Hawking's Snapshots of the Universe. It's a neat tool for helping kids visualize relativity.

And while I don't think there's anything wrong with branding, it does tend to reinforce the suspicion that the renowned physicist is retired from real research.

But as Zeeya Merali writes in Nature this week, that's not the case.

Continue reading at Forbes...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Discussing Peter Jackson's Second Installment of 'The Hobbit' with Mark Shea

Mark Shea and I vented for a while about the latest installment of The Hobbit and its director, Peter Jackson. (26 minutes in mp3 format. Probably for Tolkien geeks only… )