Does Being Analytical Make You Lose Your Faith? Reply

A student response to popscience in the news
by Br Brendan Matthews, LC

Does being analytical make you lose your faith? This is what the title of a recent article written published on ScienceMagazine.org seems to suggest. I would like to briefly point out the main error behind this article, namely, the confusion between thinking and believing. First let us look at two main concepts the article offers us. The first is intuitive thinking “which is fast and effortless”; the second is analytical thinking “which is slower and more deliberate.” Based on this distinction, the author draws some pretty hasty conclusions. More…

To Keep Your Faith, Get Analytical Reply

A student response to popscience in the news
by Br Carlos Valenzuela, LC

Last month, the web site ScienceMagazine.org published an article, “To Keep Your Faith, Don’t Get Analytical,” claiming that those who believe in God or accept religious belief tend to rely more on intuitive rather than in analytical thinking. In this article Gregg Miller comments on the results of an experiment made by the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. My aim in this article is to show a different perspective based on the results of the experiments, diverging from the one offered by Science Now. More…

Plant Personhood? Nuts! Now They’re Saying That Peas Are People Too! 14

You can’t make this stuff up.

Imagine living in fear and uncertainty under the imminent threat that this could happen to you:

Whirled Peas – no pun intended

According to a recent scientific study, peas, that’s right, peas, live in communities, communicate with each other, have memories, and feel stress; therefore, we need to open the discussion concerning the ethical treatment of vegetables. More…

Steven Hawking: Adding up to Zero… 17

“This may sound odd, but according to the laws of nature concerning gravity and motion, laws that are among the oldest in science, space itself is a vast store of negative energy – enough to ensure that everything adds up to zero. I’ll admit that unless mathematics is your thing, this is hard to grasp, but it’s true.”

This is a quote from Steven Hawking More…

Free to Believe 2

The so-called “New Atheism” boasts a generation of brilliant, eloquent, scientifically-minded, critical thinkers of the likes of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Steven Hawking, and the late Christopher Hitchens. Through their best-selling books, sold-out conferences, and public debates, these celebrity intellectuals have influenced many a young mind to embrace the New Atheism and pile onto the bandwagon of disenchanted souls aspiring to eradicate religion from the face of the earth. As a result, many young amateurs have been inspired to produce a-critical videos like this one:

Two big unfounded assertions underlie the views presented in this video: first, Read more

Nietzsche and Neuroscience Reply

Thereupon, in the year 2006 or 2026, some new Nietzsche will step forward to announce: “The self is dead”—except that being prone to the poetic, like Nietzsche I, he will probably say… “The soul, that last refuge of values, is dead, because educated people no longer believe it exists.”

Thomas Wolfe, “Sorry, But Your Soul Just Died”

In Thomas Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons, More…

Minimalist Mistakes: Contradict Yourself While Explaining the Obvious in Four Simple Steps Reply

If you are ever aware of anything, you are aware of the fact that you are conscious.

The truly amazing thing about consciousness — immediate awareness of one’s self and one’s own mental states — is that it occurs naturally and effortlessly. More…

Zen and the Art of Neuroscience: Your Will Is Not Free Reply

The aim of the following video is to show that all of your decisions in life are predetermined. You have no free will. The neurons in your brain already determined whether or not you would click and watch this video before you were even aware of making a conscious decision to do so.

Here’s what you are expected to draw from this video. More…