Science & The Bible: Evolution and the Problem of Evil

Hello and thanks so much for joining me today as we talk about essentially the crux of the science and religion debate. If the God of Creation is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, then why is there evil in the world?This week we will be reading Ayala's Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion, Job 3-14; 32-42.6 (RSV), and Ferngren’s Science … Continue reading Science & The Bible: Evolution and the Problem of Evil

Transition Metals Crash Course

Hey there, so this is the periodic table. Most of the elements you see here are metals. What are metals like? If you recall from my previous post, Chemical Bonds, Especially Covalent Ones, you will remember a bit of metallic bonding. Electrons are loosely held and they move through a lattice, lending some physical characteristics to … Continue reading Transition Metals Crash Course

Chemical Bonds, Especially Covalent Ones

I'm back again with my crash course series on chemistry! Chemical bonds are strong links between atoms within a molecule and are really hard to break. Between molecules, there can be attractive forces too, but these are much weaker and not considered chemical bonds. Today we will be seeing how the shapes of atomic orbitals … Continue reading Chemical Bonds, Especially Covalent Ones

Adaptation & Evolution: The Basics, Plus Some

Charles Darwin is overrated as much as Alfred Russell Wallace is underrated. Wallace received little money for his endeavors, yet independently formulated a theory of the origin of species very similar to that of Darwin, who had resources and was well off in comparison. Their papers were jointly published, but guess who gets the recognition … Continue reading Adaptation & Evolution: The Basics, Plus Some

Children Invent Things: Venice, Determinism, Bach

Before I knew that there was a country called Italy, before I knew the word philosophy, let alone Plato or Socrates, before I had touched classic literature or become addicted to the internet, I liked to daydream. I still do, of course, that's a pastime that will never completely leave me and is probably essential … Continue reading Children Invent Things: Venice, Determinism, Bach

The Paradox of Time and Experience

Does anyone else find our conception of time fundamentally odd? We are said to be constantly inventing ourselves. We go through periods of change and growth. When we emerge from these, we are said to be new. Yet inevitably time causes us to grow older. That's just the way it works. We associate growth with youth. Youth is seldom associated with wisdom however. Our tradeoff for wisdom is our youth. When we celebrate new years and birthdays we say, "Look at me, the new and improved. This is my fresh start." But the paradox is that in order to be new, you have to grow old. Our so-called old selves are younger, oddly. Have you ever thought about that? Time doesn't seem to make sense. It's almost saying that those in the past - the old - don't know any better. The present moment is the oldest we will have ever been before we have gained even more time under our belts. The human who has had the most opportunity for growth and change has been cheated by time. Here's the mystery: We shed our old selves to become older.

Why Rainforests are Important, & How/Why We Measure Them

Biodiversity and Rainforest Structure Do yourself a favor today and learn something about the big wet green and blue ball that we call Planet Earth. What is biodiversity? Biodiversity is a type of nested hierarchy where there is genetic diversity within a species, species diversity within an ecosystem, and ecosystem diversity within a region. What … Continue reading Why Rainforests are Important, & How/Why We Measure Them

Paradigm Shift: Seeing Things

The idea behind a shift of paradigm is that the growth of knowledge in any given field is not linear, but rather progresses in leaps. We often see this in learning plateaus as well - sometimes a student may feel that no matter how much effort they put into a subject, they are seeing very little improvement. But after a certain epiphany, the pieces connect, and they understand the subject matter in a clearer way. We also see this in conspiracy theories and mind-bending ideas (think: The Matrix, Inception, The Pixar Theory). For example, did you know that Neil Armstrong (Neil A.), the first man to land on the moon, backwards, is Alien? But most of all, we perceive the world in new ways when we go through periods of personal growth and by experiencing the world ourselves.