Monthly Archives: October 2012

Science and Religion: A shared wonder

In a recent article in the Guardian, Jeff Forshaw a particle physicist, writes that “Science and Religion are united in a shared sense of wonder” about the universe. It is a interesting read, where Forshaw expounds on the danger of not acknowledging the limits of science.

“By overstating science’s power and not acknowledging its limitations, we risk fostering the growth of a religion-substitute, with the scientists as high priests. Such hubris not only irritates people, but more significantly it risks promoting the misconception that science deals with certainty – and that is the very antithesis of good science.”

He explains how science and religion answer a different set of questions. Science is not concerned with the meaning of life. If the universe has any point to it or not, it doesn’t matter from a scientist perspective. Irrespective, of their viewpoints, science and religion are united on one point, that our existence, and nature in general “inspires glory and wonder”.

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Tentacles of The Supreme

I happened to be cc'ed in an interesting email exchange on a discussion on a passage written by Hadrath Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (May peace of God be upon him). He writes in Elucidation of Objectives (page 61):

The fact of the matter is that the relationship between God on the one hand and His creation and the myriads of worlds on the other, is like the relationship between body and soul. Just as all parts of the body are subservient to the behests of the soul and incline in the direction in which the soul tends to incline, the same relationship exists between God and His creatures…

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Dawkins and Sacks

I really think religious leaders in general are a bit lost about about how to deal with the interaction between science and religion. Have a read of the extract below from the BBC. It is rather a convenient way to avoid critical examination of your scripture if you designate as non-literal everything in it which is contradicted by contemporaneous scientific consensus. Continue reading

Making shapes

 

A friend sent the above video with the following comment, I thought I share it with all.

“I have been thinking… after watching this TED talk [see above].

It explains how very complex and beautiful forms can be made by a series of very simple rules (in the case of this talk its folding ratios) repeating many times (like fractals). There is the obvious comparison to nature here, where the simple rule can be cell division for example and the beautiful complex form could be a living organism.

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‘A horse. A horse. My Kingdom for a horse!’

By Rizwan Safir, Archaeologist

Archaeologists knew Richard III’s body might show signs of his violent death

Well unfortunately for Richard III – the much maligned monarch to whom Shakespeare attributed these words – he wasn’t able to get hold of a horse, nor reclaim his kingdom for that matter. He has, however, managed to reassert his fame through a remarkable discovery by archaeologists at Leicester University. Continue reading

Blue honey – Bees eating M&Ms

French Bees Produce Blue Honey

By JUJU KIM |  October 5, 2012 |
Image: French apiarist Andre Frieh holds a sample of honey besides a blue colored one at his home in Ribeauville

VINCENT KESSLER/REUTERS
French apiarist Andre Frieh holds a sample of normal honey (right) besides a blue colored one (left) at his home in Ribeauville near Colmar, Eastern France, October 5, 2012.

Mars Incorporated has proclaimed that “Chocolate is better in color” with its M&Ms. But French beekeepers may beg to differ on that.

Since August, beekeepers near the town of Ribeauville, in the northeastern region of Alsace, have been reporting their bees are producing blue and green honey, according to Reuters. And they’ve traced the cause back to a biogas plant that processes waste from an M&Ms factory.

How to Escape from a Black Hole

There are ways out of the gravitational death grip of a black hole — but it’s not easy

By DANIEL CRAY | October 4, 2012 |
AVERY E. BRODERICK/UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO/PERIMETER INSTITUTE

This simulated image shows an energy jet being launched from a spinning black hole surrounded by a disk of accreting material. The black hole is spinning at half the maximum rate, and its mass is that of the black hole at the center of the M87 elliptical galaxy. The central black hole “shadow” due to extreme light bending is apparent here Continue reading