The seemingly limitless possibilities promised by the idea of a multiverse are so captivating to the imagination that I doubt the idea will go away any time soon. It’s only grown in popularity in spite of constant criticism that it is completely theoretical and untestable. Most definitions of the multiverse would seem to explicitly rule out any human being ever interacting with another universe besides our own. But now some scientists have proposed an observational test based on our universe interacting with other universes.
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At The Ends and Goals of Higher Education in Twenty-First-Century America: Change and the Calling of the Christian Educator, I had the privilege of getting to know a number of Christians who serve Christ in higher education. One such faculty was Dr. Jay McGhee, who serves as Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Northwest Missouri State University. In follow-up to our time together, I asked him a few questions regarding his life in higher education. We pray that you will find these words an encouragement as they “pull back” some of the veil of one Christian’s work-life journey in higher education. To God be the glory! ~ Thomas B. Grosh IV, Associate Director, Emerging Scholars Network
What were the key moments or individuals that guided you toward an academic vocation?
Several factors guided me towards an academic vocation. I began college after a brief stint in the U.S. Army, and one of the things I liked about the army were the field experiences. I had hopes that through college I could pursue a course of study that would allow me to continue to do work outdoors. I’m also a fan of John Steinbeck. His novel Cannery Row, along with his eulogy of his friend Ed Ricketts (a biologist) really influenced me to try wildlife biology as a major. Eventually, I took a course called Evolution & Genetics, which required some active research on my part as an undergraduate. It was my first experience actually conducting science, and I loved it. When I continued my education in graduate school, I earned money as a lab TA, and that got me hooked on teaching. Where can you both teach and practice science? At the university!
How does your faith in Christ and theology of vocation influence your work as a faculty member in your particular field of study? Continue Reading…
Louis Agassiz: A Life in Science by Edward Lurie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Louis Agassiz might well be considered the foremost naturalist of the first half of the nineteenth century. He brought a rigor to the scientific enterprise in America that inspired everyone from cabinet members to farmers. And he also reflects the human dilemma of being caught late in life in a paradigm shift as the work of Charles Darwin won over a younger generation of zoologists, some who had studied with Agassiz.
This is an older work, published in 1960 and a cheap find at a used book sale at our local library! Lurie traces Agassiz from his youth in Switzerland, his clear sense of a plan for his life from age 15 that led to a succession of studies first in Neuchatel, and then in Germany, his efforts to forestall his parents aims that he would settle down to a respectable medical practice in his home town, and fortuitous relationships with Humboldt and Cuvier. It was with the latter that his metaphysical and scientific convictions about special creation and the fixed nature of species were formed. During this time he gained great reknown in Europe with lectures on glaciation and how these wiped out species and how different species were specially created in various locations following the last ice age. Continue Reading…