Satellite image showing snow from 2016 east coast blizzard

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…

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…

Science Corner: I just want to say one word to you — Plastics

What I personally find interesting about our plastic problem is that what made plastic so attractive is also what makes it so troublesome — it’s very durable, at least chemically. It doesn’t rot; it doesn’t readily break down via the chemistry that occurs naturally around us. This desire to build something that lasts is understandable, and one that the Bible acknowledges and even affirms to an extent. Yet maybe there is also a kind of grace in building things which won’t last. Read more…