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Author: Stephen Friberg

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.
Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 5 – Mexican and Territorial New Mexico

Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 5 – Mexican and Territorial New Mexico

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 June 21, 2015 New Mexico is the name given to the American southwest by the Spanish adventurer Francisco de Ibarra in 1563. It derives from the Mexica people who dominated the Aztec empire. De Ibarra hoped that the land would be as productive of wealth as…

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Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 4 – Hispanic Social and Economic Development

Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 4 – Hispanic Social and Economic Development

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 June 7, 2015 In 1598, before English settlers arrived in Jamestown on the east coast of the United, Spanish settlers from Mexico and Spain colonized northern New Mexico. The story of the settlers, led by Juan de Oñate, the soldier and silver-baron from Zacatecas in Mexico…

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Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 3 – Pre-Hispanic Social and Economic Development

Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 3 – Pre-Hispanic Social and Economic Development

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 May 31, 2015 In my last two blogs on New Mexico, I briefly reviewed its history – and also Baha’i social and economic development  principles. The two blogs are here and here.  Here, I bring these two threads together. New Mexico, in unique ways, has it…

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San Felipe Corn Dance vs. the Atom Bomb – Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 2

San Felipe Corn Dance vs. the Atom Bomb – Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 2

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 May 17, 2015 Socorro, New Mexico – my hometown – is at the northern end of the great Chihuahuan desert. My daughter and I just spent two weeks there, visiting friends and family, hiking on high mountain peaks and at White Sand, feasting on New Mexican…

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San Felipe Corn Dance vs. the Atom Bomb – Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 2

San Felipe Corn Dance vs. the Atom Bomb – Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 2

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 May 10, 2015 My daughter and I drove 800 miles Sunday!  I’m too exhausted to complete the planned 2nd blog on New Mexico today – will post it May 17th. Meanwhile, some pictures. Here is the iconic Socorro Catholic Church.  Its foundations date from the 1630s….

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San Felipe Corn Dance vs. the Atom Bomb – Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 1

San Felipe Corn Dance vs. the Atom Bomb – Science and Religion in New Mexico Part 1

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 May 3, 2015 My daughter and I are traveling in New Mexico, visiting Socorro where I grew up on campus at the New Mexico Institute of Science and Technology (New Mexico Tech). We will be visiting the Jornada del Muerto (the desert plateau where the first…

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Books on Science and Religion #44: New Atheism and its Demise

Books on Science and Religion #44: New Atheism and its Demise

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 April 26, 2015 “Atheism is here to stay,” writes Nick Spencer in Atheists: The Origin of the Species, “because God is back:” After a troubled century in which its former promises not only failed to materialize but mutated into regimes of oppression that not even the…

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Books on Science and Religion #43: Wittgenstein, A. J. Ayer, and the Logical Positivists – Part Two

Books on Science and Religion #43: Wittgenstein, A. J. Ayer, and the Logical Positivists – Part Two

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 April 19, 2015 From my perspective, this is one of the most important blogs I’ve written (I’ve written nearly 180 of them here on Common Ground – a large number!). It’s not necessarily because of what it says, although there is some importance to the topic,…

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Books on Science and Religion #42: Wittgenstein, A. J. Ayer, and the Logical Positivists – Part One.

Books on Science and Religion #42: Wittgenstein, A. J. Ayer, and the Logical Positivists – Part One.

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 April 12, 2015 It is tempting to say that Bertrand Russell represented the apex of British atheism. But two more thinkers – Ludwig Wittgenstein and A.J. Ayer – and a whole new philosophical movement – logical positivism – were waiting in the wings to take the stage….

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Books on Science and Religion #41: The Atheism of Bertrand Russell

Books on Science and Religion #41: The Atheism of Bertrand Russell

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 April 5, 2015 One of the most fascinating and accomplished thinkers of the 20th century – and probably its most respected atheist – was the English philosopher Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell. Lord Russell – from a very prominent and very old aristocratic British…

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