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Good Guy Awarded

… and not just because he’s an astronomer and/or a Jesuit. Guy Consolmagno SJ, coordinator for public relations at the Vatican Observatory scored the Carl Sagan Medal. From the awarders: (He) has become the voice of the juxtaposition of planetary science and astronomy with … Continue reading

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Is Conscious Evolution A Heresy?

In the musical Hair, and so marvelously sung by the Fifth Dimension, there was that hope expressed that some new age will arrive and … Then peace will guide the planetsAnd love will steer the stars … Harmony and understandingSympathy and trust … Continue reading

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Cosmos Looks At Lead

My wife and I caught the 7th episode of the Cosmos reboot tonight: how Clair Patterson, scientist from Iowa, dated the age of the Earth and campaigned against Big Business to eject lead from the modern environment. I thought the … Continue reading

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Cosmos Episode 4: Telescope as Time Machine

I’m falling behind in regular viewing of the Cosmos reboot with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. My wife and I viewed the 4th episode earlier tonight. Telescope as time machine: very true and accurate premise, but not everybody thinks in this way. … Continue reading

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The Cannibals of Evolution

You can read a nice profile here on biologist and science author Kenneth Miller. What struck me was a phenomenon I’ve encountered frequently online, described in Karl Giberson’s profile here: Despite Miller’s tireless support for evolution—the popularity of his text … Continue reading

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Cosmos Episode 3

I missed the network airing of episode 3. I watched it earlier today. Four is on a bit later tonight. But I might catch that later. A confession: I never watched the Carl Sagan series. I have no reference to … Continue reading

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Cosmos Reboot, Episode 2

My wife and I viewed last night’s episode together. She was disappointed I went ahead and watched the first one without her. (She caught up the other night when I was at the student center.) Last night’s piece had two … Continue reading

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Bloggers on Bruno on Cosmos

When I watched the first episode of the Cosmos reboot, I wondered how defensive Catholics would take the treatment of Giordano Bruno. I noticed a bit of spout and fussing at a few Patheos sites. But I think Becky Ferreira … Continue reading

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Stem Cells Made Easy?

Looks like an end to ESCR. Hopefully. The “personalized” medicine is important. ESCR, if it ever got off the ground, would have to deal with the rejection of tissue, just like any transplant.

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Jahi McMath

The tragic case of Jahi McMath continues to spin. Aside from the ethical questions, which are not insignificant, there are pastoral ones. A child suffers cardiac arrest and brain death after a routine minor operation. Medical error or accident? Would a family trust … Continue reading

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Otoconia

I learned what otoconia are today. My wife was diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and had her first treatment today. No reclining, laying down, bending over, or moving the head too much for eight hours. (Do these rocks re-attach?) She … Continue reading

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Clavius, Jesuit on the Moon

Jesuits have lent their names to thirty-some craters on the moon. The largest of these is Clavius, named for the 16th century astronomer Christoph Klau (Latinized to Clavius). Clavius is fairly prominent in the lunar southern hemisphere, and at 135 … Continue reading

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Loch Ness Monster Trumps Evolution

I surfed to this piece from RNS which noted that one creationism textbook cited the Loch Ness Monster as an example of a dinosaur that didn’t go extinct. I would love to see that textbook section. Especially given that plesiosaurs … Continue reading

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Field Work

I’ve commented for print elsewhere about the nods to liturgy in the Pope Francis interview. I think I’ll look at one section of the piece that shows a preference for field work over the laboratory. The three key words that … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary Solution

A few conservative Catholics are fond of citing the “demographic solution” as the advent of ideological joy in their lives. I wonder what those same pundits would say to the evolutionary thumbs-down to selfishness and narcissism? Religion foil Richard Dawkins … Continue reading

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