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Science Corner: S-U-C-C-E-S… Leave off the Last ‘S’ for Science!

Even if science isn’t your thing, the very practical insights and tips are relevant to any situation where you are communicating with people who understand the world differently from yourself. For example, the advice seems just as applicable to the challenge of clarifying misconceptions about the Bible.Read more…

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Science Corner: Pluto’s Even Goofier than We Thought

We infer a lot about God’s nature from the regularity of the sun. . . . Yet it’s starting to seem as if that kind of behavior is, if not rare, then at least not the only significant paradigm. . . . given all the unpredictable behavior in nature right here, what sort of theology should we have here on Earth?Read more…

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Science in Review: The World of Tomorrow, Today

[H]ow a message is framed strongly influences how we respond to the message itself. . . . Tomorrowland doesn’t claim that just changing the kind of science fiction we tell will be enough to address the concerns it has. Read more…

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Science in Review: Playing God

There is much to enjoy about Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it touches on a number of themes worthy of further exploration. Astonishing visuals do a lot of narrative heavy lifting; the action choreography reveals a lot about the characters and their relationships. Consequently, the film has plenty of opportunities to share what’s on its mind. And apparently, that’s God.Read more…

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Science Corner: Entertaining Lies and Real Truth

It’s not exactly science news, but this item on the role of fiction in engaging the scientific imagination really caught the eye of this science fiction fan. I’m familiar with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Flatland, both of which encode interesting mathematicsRead more…

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Science Corner: Theoretical Tinker Toys

This would normally be my longer end-of-month post, but I’m switching things around during this Lent season. For the following 5 weeks, I’ll be ruminating on the topic of miracles and how they interact with our understanding of nature and science.Read more…

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Science Corner: Dancing in the Sunshine

The second law of thermodynamics gets trotted out all the time, especially in conversations about evolutionary biology. Less familiar are principles of maximum entropy production, which deal specifically with systems that are not in equilibrium (everything the same temperature). Most ofRead more…

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Science in Review — Movie Magic

Hollywood loves the idea of a genius. Amadeus, The Social Network, A Beauiful Mind, to name but a few cinematic portraits of brilliant men, men who apparently have a direct line to the rarified realm of mathematics and music, perhaps evenRead more…

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Science Corner: All the Brilliant Ladies

It is both conventional wisdom and a statistical reality that gender representation is not equal in all STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) disciplines. When I enrolled at Carnegie Mellon, a school known for its STEM programs, nearly twenty (!)Read more…

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Science In Review — Christmas Craft

At a neighborhood Christmas party, I had a lively and stimulating conversation about some of the technical elements of filmmaking–editing, cinematography, action choreography, and the like. Neither my neighbor nor I work in the field, and we don’t have seriousRead more…

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Science Corner: Good Grief! Even My Dogma Has Gone Commercial!

Well, this is interesting. Over in Science, we have the headline “Wealth may have driven the rise of today’s religions.” Meanwhile, the Huffington Post’s science blog says religious believers will become a world minority, and ultimately perhaps disappear entirely, thanksRead more…