Harvard University astrophysicist discusses fine-tuning in the Washington Post

WINTERY KNIGHT

Christianity and the progress of science Christianity and the progress of science

I’m pretty sure my readers already know about the fine-tuning argument, but it’s not every day you see it discussed (however briefly) in a far-left mainstream newspaper like the Washington Post. (H/T Carmen)

The author is Howard A. Smith:

Howard A. Smith is a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a member of the Harvard Department of Astronomy. His research emphasizes the origins of stars, stellar systems and galaxies, and he is an author on more than 250 scientific articles. Previously he was Chair of Astronomy at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum; he also served for three years as a visiting scientist at NASA Headquarters.

Here is some of what he wrote in the far-left Washington Post:

There was a time, back when astronomy put Earth at the center of the universe, that we…

View original post 605 more words

The Right to Protest

megaphone

There have been a lot of protest lately, and yes according to the First Amendment to the Constitution we do have the right to protest..

Amendment I
Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

We should notice that even the first amendment puts a limit on our right to protest.
We must do it peacefully. It doesn’t matter if I like the subject of their protest or not, because speech that everyone likes, doesn’t need protection, speech that we dislike does,

There are more amendments that we the people seem to have forgotten about, namely the ninth amendment.

Amendment IX
Rights retained by the People

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

This means that our rights, do not outweigh the rights of another.
Yes, we have the right to protest, but others have the right to private property. Our rights to protest does not give us the right to destroy someones property.
We also have the right to be secure in our own persons, Which means we don’t have the right to beat someone up, because they disagree with us.

Not only is it important to follow the laws of both government and God, as a matter of logic, you don’t earn friends to your cause, by acting like a beast!

Protest all you want, but you can not prevent people from going to work by blocking traffic, or hurt others, or the things that belong to them.

Michael Strauss lectures on scientific evidence for a Creator at UT Dallas

WINTERY KNIGHT

Christianity and the progress of science Christianity and the progress of science

The lecture: (from 2013)

Note: there is a period of 19 minutes of Q&A at the end of the lecture.

About the speaker:

His full biography is here.

Summary:

  • It used to be true that most of the great scientists were believers in God
  • But now science has advanced and we have better instruments – is it still true?
  • Today, many people believe that science has shows that the universe and Earth are not special
  • We used to believe that the Earth was the center of the universe, and Darwin showed we are not designed
  • The problem with this view is that it is based on old science, not modern science
  • Three topics: origin of the universe, fine-tuning of the universe, the Rare Earth hypothesis

Experimental evidence for the origin of the universe:

  • #1: Hubble discovered that the universe expands because of redshifting…

View original post 418 more words

Profile of a Trump Supporter

Featured Image -- 4762

BeautyBeyondBones

I was going to do a cheeky post on Taylor Swift or something, but…I just couldn’t. As much as I realllly didn’t want to write about the election, ignoring the state of our nation right now just didn’t sit well with me.

Scrolling through social media and watching the news today, there was definitely a tone. An overwhelming consensus of, almost arrogant disbelief in our country that manifested in highly divisive and passive aggressive comments.

A few highlights: written by my friends on Facebook or sent directly to me:

Trump supporters are “dumb, uneducated, delusional idiots pushing for change, regardless of what disaster may entail. This country is breeding ignorance.”

fullsizeoutput_25ce

“If you voted for Trump, explain to me why your female, black, latino/a, LGBTQ+, and Muslim friends don’t matter to you.”

“Trump Supporters: racist, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic, misogynist clowns with an affinity for orange spray tans.”

“Wow. There are racist…

View original post 821 more words

New study: galactic habitable zone depends on fine-tuning of cosmological constant

Another reason why an intelligent fine-tuner is necessary for life on earth.

WINTERY KNIGHT

The galactic habitable zone (GHZ) is shown in green against a spiral galaxy The galactic habitable zone (GHZ) is shown in green superimposed on a spiral galaxy

This is going to be old news to readers of this blog who are familiar with the Michael Strauss, Walter Bradley and Guillermo Gonzalez lectures on habitability and fine-tuning. But, it’s nice to see these ideas show up in one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed science journals in the world (if not the most prestigious).

Here’s the article from Science. (H/T Gunter)

It says:

Scientists have known for several years now that stars, galaxies, and almost everything in the universe is moving away from us (and from everything else) at a faster and faster pace. Now, it turns out that the unknown forces behind the rate of this accelerating expansion—a mathematical value called the cosmological constant—may play a previously unexplored role in creating the right conditions for life.

That’s the conclusion of a group of…

View original post 1,061 more words

Naming the Clinical Efforts to Help People with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction ‹ Stand to Reason ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

It is commonly believed that efforts to help people change their unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) are unsuccessful. The problem is that professional therapy outcomes are lumped together with outcomes of accountability, prayer, and pastoral counseling. Consequently, if pastoral counseling and prayer appear to have no effect on a person’s attractions, it’s declared that people can’t change and all efforts to help someone change are ineffective. This has led to a lot of confusion. That’s why the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI) is taking action to clear up this confusion. They are the leading scientific group of psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and other licensed clinicians who help people with unwanted SSA and/or other related psychological symptoms.

Read more at: Naming the Clinical Efforts to Help People with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction ‹ Stand to Reason ‹ Reader — WordPress.com