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Science Corner: Shape of My Brain

I’d be particularly curious to know if Sting’s brain reacts differently from other listeners, and if those differences are explained by his experience as a performer and composer, his particular genre-blurring musical tastes, or just being Sting.Read more…

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Science in Review: The Open and Closed Case of Steve v Steve

Optimizing for sustainability, personal cost, global resource consumption, individual dietary needs, and overall nutrition and health in the presence of uncertainty about the relative and absolute merits of different foods and diets is a nontrivial problem. The space of possible foods over which to perform that optimization is expanding.Read more…

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Science Corner: Objects in Poster May Be Further Away Than They Appear

And if you like her story, you might enjoy Rogue One, which looks to be telling the story of another woman who doesn’t exactly fit the usual molds, making her the perfect candidate to pull of a mission everyone thinks is impossible.Read more…

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Volleyball, Webcomics, and Thriving As a Science Student

Volleyball. Speakers who’ve shared at Urbana 15 and Veritas Forum, or served as Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. A webcomics and science chat. Read more…

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Science Corner: I Can’t Believe I Ate That Whole Thing

But even with unlimited funds to buy whatever you wish and unlimited time for shopping and preparation, eating well still poses a challenge. There is an educational component as well; you have to learn or be taught what choices to make.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: So you want to read more about evolutionary biology and theology

What I’ve collected here is some of the writing that has influenced my thinking and resources that I and my collaborators and commenters think are interesting and helpful.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: Putting the Biology in Evolutionary Biology

When evolution is called “settled science,” it’s easy to imagine the theory as largely in our scientific past. For many biologists, evolution is integral to their scientific present and future.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: Which Came First, the Sinner or the Sin?

At the same time, the notion that there was a first Homo sapiens ultimately doesn’t work. If we followed humanity backwards in time, there would be no obvious place to draw a line between H. sapiens and earlier hominins.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: Original Sin Goes Viral?

So to think about the effects of the primal sin, the concept which we call original sin, seems to hinge in Scripture on two things: our capacity as rational beings, and the exercise of this rational capacity to choose something other than God.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: Becoming Made in God’s Image

This conversation on the relationship between an evolutionary natural history and man’s creation in the image of God reminds me of a saying in the world of software engineering: “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature!”Read more…

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Science Reader Question: Seated at the Right 01101001 of God

Perhaps already you can see where a spiritual God would deal with relationships over forms since he himself does not have a form, and where a consistent God would be continually engaged in creation.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: Evolutionary Project Management

Perhaps God expresses his intentions in this relational fashion. This is a very different paradigm than God-as-artist, where he directly selects every detail of the final product.Read more…

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Science in Review: Have You Tried Turning Science Off And Turning It Back On Again?

[I]sn’t science supposed to be objective, not to mention correct? If [a] study really is that flawed, how did it get published in such a prestigious journal? If it is valid, why isn’t its validity objectively clear to all scientists?Read more…

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Science Corner: Sorry (Not Sorry)

…[F]olks at Ohio State have figured out what ingredients you need to make your apology as acceptable as possible. While it might not be the most mind-bending research result ever, it’s one you’ll probably be able to use sooner or later.Read more…

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Science Corner: The Ultimate Sacrifice

What they found is that cultures that sacrificed humans tended to subsequently develop stronger social stratification, assuming that their language-based lineage is correct. It’s an intriguing result, as is the overall notion of quantitatively studying religious and social evolution.Read more…

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Science in Review: God or Supergod?

On those long, dark Saturdays of the soul, we’ll have a choice. We can adjust our idea of God for a complete explanation now—that God either acted evilly or God was unable to act—or we can believe God is consistent and gain the hope of Resurrection Sunday.Read more…

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Science Corner: Road Grace

We might insist drivers get their act together, but a more pragmatic solution is to improve traffic models. Instead of assuming all drivers act the same way, we should account for actual human behavior. In other words, we need to add some grace to our traffic planning.Read more…

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Science Corner: Go with God

What’s more striking to me is how counter-intuitive God’s solution is. No one expected the Messiah to die. No one expected the King of Kings to be coronated at his funeral. What comes naturally to us may not be part of God’s best plan for us.Read more…