Cosmology – and all that

Cosmology – and all that

Towards a Baha’i Cosmology Stephen Friberg, July 22, 2016 I’m writing a paper on Baha’i cosmology – the relationship between the structure of the physical universe and spiritual reality as described in the Baha’i writings – and reading a lot of different books on cosmological topics. Here, I will be sharing some of my thoughts on those books and topics. Cosmology – or at least modern cosmology – is a funny kind of animal. It is based on physics and…

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Health 101: Myth and Waiting

Health 101: Myth and Waiting

Here’s the big scary idea: Care in countries with universal health coverage is rationed with waiting lists and limited choice. Yes, this is a real problem in some countries … including the US. I’ve had to wait for appointments simply because I couldn’t afford the out of pocket expenses or the copay. I’ve considered not renewing a prescription for a medicine I need because of our financial situation at the time. (That’s not rationing?) True, patients in Britain and Canada…

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Health 101: Myth and Socialized Medicine

Health 101: Myth and Socialized Medicine

I’d like to talk about mythology. Not Greek mythology or Norse mythology, but American Healthcare mythology. In his book, The Healing of America, TR Reid listed a number of healthcare myths he had busted in the course of researching his book. Some of these I knew about (because I have friends who are living or have lived in countries with universal healthcare) and some I didn’t. Myth #1: “Universal healthcare is socialized medicine!” (sound of game show buzzer) Wrong. Apparently even Michael Moore got this…

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Media: Mirror of the World

Media: Mirror of the World

“Islamophobia is the accepted form of racism in America. Leaders … show us that you can take a potshot at Muslims and get away with it.” — Arsalan Iftikhar, human rights lawyer. February 4 on Fox News’ The Five, in the aftermath of President Obama’s speech at a Baltimore mosque, three of the show’s five hosts that evening jumped in to interrupt a fourth (Juan Williams) as he was remarking on “the spike in attacks, hate crimes against Muslims in the United States” and on…

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Sam Harris, Reza Aslan and Hiding the Ball

Sam Harris, Reza Aslan and Hiding the Ball

There’s an interesting volley in the ongoing feud between Sam Harris and people who question his crusade against Islam. During a discussion at the Harvard Science Center, Harris made the claim that Muslim violence is different than any other religious violence. He maintained that when any other religionists commit violent acts, they are individuals committing violent acts unrelated to their faith’s doctrines and “articles of faith”. Islam’s articles of faith were uniquely different. He used as an example the brutality perpetrated against Muslims by…

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To the World’s Religious Leaders

To the World’s Religious Leaders

In 2005 The Universal House of Justice, the elected body charged with the administration of the Baha’i global community,  wrote in the introduction of the book “One Common Faith”: “At Riḍván 2002, we addressed an open letter to the world’s religious leaders. Our action arose out of awareness that the disease of sectarian hatreds, if not decisively checked, threatens harrowing consequences that will leave few areas of the world unaffected. The letter acknowledged with appreciation the achievements of the interfaith…

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Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Part 4 of a Review

Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Part 4 of a Review

To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein September 12, 2015 This is the 4th in a series of blogs about Jerry Coyne’s new book Fact vs. Fiction: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. The last blog – Fact vs. Fiction: Part 3 of a Review – looked at role of faith and facts…

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Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Part 3 of a Review

Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Part 3 of a Review

To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. Ludwig Wittgenstein August 30, 2015 This is the 3rd in a series of blogs about Jerry Coyne’s new book Fact vs. Fiction: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. The last blog – Fact vs. Fiction: Part 2 of a Review – worried about fundamentalism. Has Jerry Coyne, an…

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