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Science Reader Question: Time and Forgiveness

Effects follow causes; we must live in the future with all the intended and unintended results of our choices. We call this sequence of unrepeatable moments time. In other words, time is that feature of the universe which makes forgiveness necessary.Read more…

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Science in Review: “Prediction is hard, especially about the future”

Statistical models, like those used to predict the weather, deal with uncertainty. This runs counter to our expectations for mathematics. Factor in a reliance on probabilities, which are deeply unintuitive, and it’s no wonder we find these models hard to understand. Nevertheless, they can actually be quite useful.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: The Human Touch

Humans and statistical models both make errors sometimes. But we understand the human errors because we make the same kinds of mistakes, while statistical models can be wrong in surprising ways. Perhaps we think those errors are worse simply because they are different.Read more…

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Science Reader Question: So You’d Like to Win a $1.5B Jackpot

We need to resist the urge to wonder “What are the odds this one specific person would have predicted this one drawing?!?!?” Instead, we should ask the statistical question: “Have enough predictions been made about enough lotteries to get positive results?”Read more…

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The Importance of Realities We Cannot See: Bryan Enderle on Science and Faith

How does modern science and scientific theory intersect with the Bible and the Christian story? At Urbana, Bryan Enderle explored philosophical arguments and quantum mechanics to bring these two seemingly separate threads together. From Dec 27 – Jan 1, volunteersRead more…

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Science Reader Question: “I Could Show You the Ways of The Force.”

Does the existence of a mentoring opportunity create an obligation? Or, to put it slightly differently, can we rely on potential mentees’ desire for mentoring to tell us when we need to start? Here’s where I think The Force Awakens is illustrative. Read more…

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Science Corner: The Top-Down Route to your Community

Question: What I am seeing is that the understandably busy lives of even highly motivated Christian professionals often lead them to become more and more isolated from those parts of society most in need of outreach, friendship, and fellowship from Christians. So…how can those in the hectic years of research, working on getting those final papers done for the PhD, etc., not lose touch with the problems within their own local community?Read more…

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Science Book Review: The Uncontrolling Love of God

The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence by Thomas Jay Oord will be released shortly. It’s not strictly a science book or natural theology, but it is very relevant to conversations about science and faith. Read more…

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Harper Lee and the Unintended Prescience of Go Set a Watchman

Last February, HarperCollins announced that it was going to publish this long-forgotten work by Lee, the Alabamian who put away her typewriter and spent decades fending off pesky questions about her abortive writing career after she was overwhelmed by the phenomenal success of To Kill a Mockingbird more than fifty years ago.Read more…

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Job Announcements: Computer Science, University of Washington Bothell

Johnny Lin, Senior Lecturer, Computing and Software Systems (CSS), University of Washington Bothell, shared the following job announcements with the Emerging Scholars Network. Tom has had the priviledge of getting to know Johnny through the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA).Read more…

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Science Reader Question: And You Are… ?

Andy responds to the question, “I’d love to know more about your career journey. Are you working in academia or do you have what is currently called an alt-ac (alternative to academia) career? How did you get there?”Read more…