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Darwin, Jane Austen, & my students ~

Date: 02/12/2012

I love science. And of course Darwin — like Da Vinci, like Einstein, like Copernicus — dominates it. Yesterday was his birthday (sorry about the tardy Congrats! , Mr. Darwin). So here is a bit of Darwin reflection ~ and bear with me: I promise it has to do w/ beginner's heart...:) One semester -- and one only -- I tried to teach Darwin in a lit class. We do a lot of nonfiction in literature ...

Related Topics: Unitarian, Buddhism, Darwin, Buddhist Blogs, Britton Gildersleeve, Fundamentalism And Education

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The Heart Vs. The Mind; Or, Science And Its Darker Twin

Date: 11/26/2011

[caption id="attachment_340" align="alignright" width="300" caption="There are different ways to look at things"] [/caption] There have been a handful of times in my life when I felt like certain things were 'given' to me by a higher power, and all I had to do was get it out and written down. This is one of those pieces. I originally 'received' this, right after my 'Gnostic Theism; Or, Digi ...

Related Topics: The Secret, Buddha, Gnostic Theism, Emotions, God, Psychology, Breakthroughs, Hope, Spiritual But Not Religious, Christianity, Science, Jesus, Buddhism, Universal Law, Spiritual Coach, Who Are You, Bible, Scripture, Paul, Paulianity, Scientism

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Why Do Bad Things Happen (Part 2)

Date: 11/07/2011

Because suffering is part of human life, everyone asks why it exists, and the answers we give to ourselves make a great deal of difference. Explanations lead to action, for one thing. Billions of people choose religion as a way to accept suffering or to try and escape it. In the first post of this series we began with the opposite of religion, however. The modern tendency, deeply influenced by sc ...

Related Topics: Karma, Blame, Suffering, Evil, God, Guilt, Belief, Faith

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War of the Worldviews Part Two: Let's Talk Evolution

Date: 10/10/2011

In our touring debates on science versus spirituality, Caltech physics professor Leonard Mlodinow and I take turns claiming to be the underdog. This is never more confusing than when it comes to debating Darwinism. Evolution has been a wedge issue for a century and a half. Biologists consider Darwin's concept of the evolution of species incontrovertible; indeed, it may be the single greatest idea ...

Related Topics: Darwinism, Nonrandom Mutations, Evolution

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Students encouraged to challenge "evolutionary dogma"

Date: 08/24/2011

Students have a right to question "evolutionary pseudo-science" and "evolutionary dogma," according to the "Question Evolution" campaign and should be encouraged to do so, says Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition. The coalition is offering  brochures, caps and t-shirts announcing kids' opposition to Charles Darwin and the theories of evolution. Kids should be challenged to questio ...

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What Darwin, Freud and Jung taught me about faith

Date: 07/08/2011

Sometimes, I look back on the survival of my personal faith within the crucible of a liberal arts college education as nothing less than a miracle. Like many preachers kids, I came out of a sheltered, fundamentalist Christian (and Pentecostal at that) upbringing unprepared, spiritually and intellectually, for the maelstrom of questioning that awaited me on campus. So, it may sound strange ...

Related Topics: 279, Faith, Pentecostal, Behaviorism, Darwin, Freud, Jung, Evolution, Fundamentalist, Christian, Liberal Arts

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"I Pledge Allegiance to Darwin"

Date: 06/22/2011

Having just returned from Israel, I found NBC's "Pledge of Allegiance" debacle extra-fascinating. I also just finished reading an absolutely extraordinary book, Banquet at Delmonico's, by Barry Werth. The visit, NBC, and Werth's book all dovetailed for me, as I have listened to folks all over the country question, with outrage, how a major network could "edit-out God" from the Pledge of Allegian ...

 

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Is Evolution Ready to Evolve?

Date: 06/09/2011

Although science prides itself on objectivity, it has some cherished articles of belief, and if you question them, however reasonably, you can expect ire and raised hackles. Bruce Lipton has discovered this after posting " Has Modern Science Bankrupted Our Souls ?" In it he challenges basic assumptions of modern science, such as the pre-eminence of a Newtonian physical universe and the conception ...

Related Topics: Bruce Lipton, Charles Darwin, Darwinian Evolution, Science And Spirituality, Evolution

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