Thursday, August 29, 2013

About that NOMA thingy....

Over at Big Questions Online, astronomer Nidhal Guessoum asks Why Should Scientists Care About Religion?
“As a Muslim scientist,” he writes, “I spend much time and expend much energy trying to convince Muslims and other believers to take modern science seriously, with all its methodology and results – and its limits.”
Continue reading, at Forbes

Monday, August 19, 2013

Selling 'Doubt'

My review of Stephen C. Meyer's 'Darwin's Doubt' is up at National Review. It will appear in the Sept. 2nd print edition.

Our contemporary debates about evolution are basically an extension of the argument Christians have been having with one another since the Middle Ages, about how much autonomy God granted to the natural world. Creationists claim that it was very little. Stephen C. Meyer, a philosopher of science at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, is not a creationist in the standard definition of the term: He does not embrace the Genesis account of the world’s origins literally, nor does he argue that God made the world in six days. What he does is reject two bedrock principles of modern evolutionary biology: the common ancestry of all living things, and natural selection as the driving force of the evolution of new species.

Continue reading (for twenty-five) cents at NRO.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Paul Knoepfler: Stem Cell Researcher--and Advocate

Paul Knoepfler, who runs his own research lab atUniversity of California, Davis, will receive specialrecognition by the Genetics Policy Institute for his advocacy of stem cell research via the blog that he’s beenhosting since 2009.
Readers of my Forbes blog may recognize Knoepfler’s name, as I’ve often reported his views on stem cell papers and aspects of current therapies in development.
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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Book Notes: Fabrizio Amerini on Aquinas and the Beginning and End of Human Life

Fabrizio Amerini is not an author most Americans are likely to have heard of, but if you’re a fan of Umberto Eco, you might want to check out his new book.
‘New’ is not entirely accurate, perhaps, as it was first published in Italian in 2009. But Georgetown University professor Mark Henninger’s translation hit the shelves in early June.
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