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Stephen Friberg is a Bahá’í living in Mountain View, California. A research physicist by training, he authored Religion and Evolution Reconciled: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Comments on Evolution with Courosh Mehanian. He worked at NTT in Japan before joining the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley.
Cosmology … Part 5

Cosmology … Part 5

Some of the cosmologies of the past … Stephen Friberg, Aug 21, 2016 … On the first day of my talk talk on cosmology and the Baha’i Faith at the San Jose Baha’i Center (“Beyond Materialism: How Cosmology Makes Us Confused and What To Do About It“), I will review some of the fascinating cosmologies of the past. No era or culture, of course, can be characterized as having a fixed single cosmology and usually there are multiple competing worldviews….

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Cosmology … Part 4

Cosmology … Part 4

Beyond Materialism: How Cosmology Makes Us Confused and What To Do About It Stephen Friberg, Aug 14, 2016 … The title of a series of talks on cosmology and the Baha’i Faith that I will be giving at the San Jose Baha’i Center is “Beyond Materialism: How Cosmology Makes Us Confused and What To Do About It.” The goal is ambitious – to probe the roots of modern materialism and to find a work-around away from the problems caused by…

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Cosmology and all that … part 3

Cosmology and all that … part 3

Towards a Baha’i Cosmology – Part 3 Stephen Friberg, Aug 8, 2016 … I’ll be giving a series of talks on cosmology and the Baha’i Faith at the San Jose Baha’i Center on Sunday, Sept. 11th, Sunday, Sept. 18th, and Sunday Sept. 25th. It is the adult class, and typically 12 or so people are there.  We have good discussions! The title will be “Beyond Materialism: How Cosmology Makes Us Confused and What To Do About It“.  Part 1 will…

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Cosmology – and all that … part 2

Cosmology – and all that … part 2

Towards a Baha’i Cosmology – Part 2 Stephen Friberg, July 22, 2016 For a paper I’m writing on Baha’i cosmology – an attempt to look at what a post-secular cosmology for the modern world might look like  – I’ve been reading a lot of books on the topic. A book by Leonard Mlodinow – a Caltech physicist turned writer – illustrates something I’ve been seeing again and again. The book is The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in…

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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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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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Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Part 2 of a Review

Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Part 2 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 20, 2015 This is the second in a series of blogs about Jerry Coyne’s new book Fact vs. Fiction: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. The first of the blogs – Fact vs. Fiction: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible. Part 1 of a Review…

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Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Part 1 of a Review

Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Part 1 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 11, 2015 New Atheism isn’t what it used to be. Once upon a time – about ten years ago – the new-Atheists, i.e., Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens, were seen as bold, provocative, argumentative, gleefully entertaining, and at the intellectual cutting…

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Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 6 – New Mexico Statehood

Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 6 – New Mexico Statehood

Religion and science are the two wings upon which man’s intelligence can soar into the heights, with which the human soul can progress. It is not possible to fly with one wing alone![ `Abdu’l-Bahá July 13, 2015 We’ve been looking at the history of New Mexico in light of Baha’i ideas about social and economic development and about science and religion. In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state of the union. Only 330,000 people lived in the state, mainly…

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