Aristotle and the historical myopia of science

Another response to PZ Myers' blog. I'm responding to this fellow in particular:   Aristotle decided observation was irrelevant? Are you joking? If we are going to base physics on how nature is actually experienced, then Galileo is the one ignoring observation. Galilean physics are based on ideal geometrical models, not actual observation, where friction [...]

Divine Imagination

I've been having a very stimulating discussion with a Christian theologian named Jason Michael McCann. He has held up a mirror to my ideas and allowed me to see them in a new light. His criticisms are fair and I hope we will each benefit from continued exposure to what may turn out to be [...]

Gravity Is Love, And Other Astounding Metaphors : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

This NPR article mentions one of my professors, cosmologist Brian Swimme. Here is my comment: Dr. Swimme calls gravity love, and I think it is an apt metaphor. Anthropomorphic? Perhaps, but how else are we to really understand gravity unless we can relate it to our human experience of the universe? And it is not [...]

Belief in a Personal God

The following is my response to the theologian Jason Michael McCann's blog post about the personal nature of God in the Christian tradition. Yesterday, he posted a critical response to one of my short essays on materialism and imagination that I will also respond to soon. JMM, The distinction between truth and fact (which I understand [...]

Idealism, Materialism, Non-dualism

A response to Owlmirror on Pharyngula, You suggest that idealism is incoherent because 1) it doesn't explain "things acting under purely physical rules, rather than mental states." -What is a physical rule, exactly? How are these rules or laws determined, and why, as in the case of our particular universe, are they so organized as [...]

Power and Presence in Theology

Another response to NRG's questions for me on Pharyngula: I have trouble conceiving of God as all-powerful because of the problem of evil and my experience of human freedom. I associated God's omnipresence with "will" even though, for God, there is really nothing to "do." From the "perspective" of eternity, God is already everywhere and everywhen [...]

God did it, or aliens?

"NRG" posting over on Pharyngula asks me: Why impute an admittedly Unknowable Omni God to explain currently inexplainable phenomena, if it's much more reasonable, based on what we actually know, to assume that other citizens of the universe, evolved like us but to a much greater degree, are responsible for such phenomena? To make it [...]