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About the Big Bang Theory (and I mean the TV show, not the theory)

About the Big Bang Theory (and I mean the TV show, not the theory)

It’s been quite a while since I last made a contribution to Common Ground.  For those of you who care to know, I have been very busy over the past several months doing research, teaching, and occasionally traveling to certain international locations.  While I’ve already got plans to do more of the same—now that things have finally settled down a bit—I’m now in position to compose some random thoughts on something “useful” to discuss.  With that, I hope to make…

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Belief in Science and Belief in God 5: Dueling Einsteins

Belief in Science and Belief in God 5: Dueling Einsteins

Albert Einstein, one of the most influential scientists of all time, is an iconic public figure, whose opinion
was sought after on many topics, including religion. His General Relativity (GR) theory, which describes gravity as the curvature of space-time due to the 
presence of mass, successfully predicts the existence of black holes, and is the mathematical framework for modern cosmology. Because of GR’s role in cosmology with metaphysical implications about the fate of the Universe, its statements have far-reaching implications for…

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Belief in Science and Belief in God 4: Inference

Belief in Science and Belief in God 4: Inference

In a previous posting I positioned inference, evidence and belief on a scale of certainty about propositions. Today, I’d like to look at the place of inference in scientific inquiry. From Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (on-line) we get this definition of inference: infer:      v. to form an opinion or guess that something is true because of the information that you have —What do you infer from her refusal? — I inferred from her expression that she wanted to leave….

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Belief in Science and Belief in God 3: Faith Within the Scientific Model

Belief in Science and Belief in God 3: Faith Within the Scientific Model

The question I posed at the end of my last blog was whether any form of material evidence would be sufficient to satisfy the atheists’ need for “proof” of God’s existence. A related query is whether there is such thing as belief or faith within the scientific model. To answer either question I think we need to start by defining “belief”. Here’s one from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (on-line): belief: n.
the feeling of certainty that something exists or is…

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Belief in Science and Belief in God 2: Fact, Evidence, Opinion and Discourse

Belief in Science and Belief in God 2: Fact, Evidence, Opinion and Discourse

I often hear the comment that religion by nature disallows questions and requires the believer to check his or her brain at the door. My experience with religion has been somewhat different. The Bahá’í Faith is not shy of honest differences of perspective and encourages a healthy dialogue in the search for truth. Here Abdu’l-Bahá is setting out guidelines for consultation during a meeting of a spiritual assembly (the elected guiding body of the Bahá’í community), but the principle of…

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Belief in Science and Belief in God 1: One Scientist’s Response

Belief in Science and Belief in God 1: One Scientist’s Response

In this age of modern science, we face the question of whether we need a belief in God for our advancement. In fact, many vocal atheists today—such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, P.Z. Myers, Sam Harris, Victor Stenger, etc.—make heavy use of science to justify their denial of the existence of God. These are highly intelligent and well-educated people whose statements against religion make the claim that a belief in God is both “delusional” and a “dangerous threat”…

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Sidebar: On Bullying

Sidebar: On Bullying

Before continuing with Part 2 of my series on “The New Atheism,” I decided to instead write about my thoughts after watching a recent Anderson Cooper CNN special called “Bullying: No Escape.” This special was about the alarming prevalence of bullying in high schools, including some high profile suicides in the U.S. that occurred recently, such as the tragic case of Phoebe Prince in Massachusetts. For those of you who missed the program, it featured a number of high school…

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My Personal and Professional Stance on “The New Atheism” Part I

My Personal and Professional Stance on “The New Atheism” Part I

Impact on Contemporary Perceptions of Science and Religion Hi.  I apologize for the delay in writing this blog entry, but matters have gotten busy for me lately with my research papers to work on, preparation for upcoming conferences and research visits, and other related activities.  Though I may not be able to make contributions on a weekly basis as I would like, I hope that what I do put together over the next few months or so is worth the…

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Definitions of “Belief,” “Evidence,” and “Faith”

Definitions of “Belief,” “Evidence,” and “Faith”

Some Ground Rules About My Future Use of These Words Hi.  While preparing this blog entry on the above topic, I recently became aware of the new book written by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, called The Grand Design.  This book essentially makes the claim that modern theoretical physics can dispel with the necessity of God in describing the creation of the Universe and all objects contained within. Of course, given my own professional background and research interests, I definitely…

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A Brief History of Mine: My Reasons for Writing This Blog

A Brief History of Mine: My Reasons for Writing This Blog

Hi.  My name is Albert E+ and I’m a board certified professional geek! 😉 All joking aside, I’m really excited about this opportunity to share my professional and personal thoughts about such vital questions as the existence of God, the relationship between science and religion, the challenges against religion (both reasonable and unreasonable) as posed by the “New Atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, etc., and many other related topics.  his first entry is simply to introduce…

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