Friday, June 8, 2018

New Post:"Essay 2: How We Believe; How Science Works"

Hello all.  Essay 2 in the Web-book "Truth Cannot Contradict Truth" is published: "How We Believe; How Science Works."   I discuss Faith and Reason,  Rational Inquiry (Deductive Logic, Inductive Reasoning, Abductive Reasoning--Inference to the Best Explanation, Retroductive Reasoning--Using Models to Explain Observations), How Science Works, and The Limits of Science--What Science Can't Do.   Please Comment!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

New Post:"Last Things: C.P. Snow Revisitied

Hello all.  Another new post about C.P. Snow's "Strangers and Brothers" chronicle.  This one is on Catholic Stand: "Last Things: C.P. Snow Revisited."  It's about how atheists face death.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

New Post: "Bring back the times of civil discourse; C.P. Snow revisited"

Hello all.   A new post on "The American Catholic:" 
"Bring back the times of civil discourse; C.P. Snow revisited."
I think back to before the 1960's, when one could have friends of a different political persuasion, and put this in the context of C.P. Snow's "Strangers and Brothers" 11 volume chronicle of a young man's rise to power and fame in Great Britain (1920's to 1960's).

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Retired, cranky, old physicist.   Convert to Catholicism in 1995.   Trying to show that there is no contradiction between what science tells us about the world and our Catholic faith.   Intermittent blogs and adult education classes to achieve this end (see http://rationalcatholic.blogspot.com/   and http://home.ptd.net/~rkurland)

Extraordinary Minister of Communion volunteer to federal prison and hospital; lector, EOMC.
Sometime player of bass clarinet, alto clarinet, clarinet, bass, tenor bowed psaltery for parish instrumental group and local folk group.

And, finally, my motivation:
“It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking.
Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.”
St. Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity I,8.