Have you ever considered the consciousness, or unconsciousness, of your dog? Well, a group of neuroscientists have been thinking on the subject pretty seriously, and it was announced last week that "humans are not the only conscious beings in the universe."
America has always had a pioneering spirit, and we have always admired pioneers. They may not wear buckskin anymore or climb into space capsules. They just may be the quiet person in the lab of a research university, studying particles too small to be seen.
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All we can realistically do is achieve whatever knowledge is open to us to understand. This might well fall short of the expectations of my more optimistic fellow scientists. I think a little humility is in order.
It's imperative that parents, teachers, government and business leaders forge public-private partnerships to help young girls and boys find their competitive streak, patriotism, personal pride, and desire to think creatively.
Indeed, the Universe, as science has revealed it, bears little resemblance to the description of Divine creation in various Scriptures.
There are some scientists who have a predilection to embrace randomness and who tenaciously proclaim the coincidental nature of anything and everything in science or theology.
What else do we need to trust God for? If he has prepared a place for us for then, what about now? If we are willing to trust about our death, what about our life now?
In my mind, the most pivotal moment of Hawking's interview is also the easiest to overlook. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sentence, Hawking offered an imperative call to action.
When I heard that Dr. Hawking thinks there ain't no heaven, my first thought was: In other news, it's been confirmed that the Pope, is, indeed, Catholic.
That kind of denigration of other people and their beliefs is not only unnecessary, it is precisely the kind of obnoxious behavior that too many religious folk dole out to non-believers.
The face of religion in the United States is changing dramatically. This seismic shift is not going unnoticed.
Assume further that, even if authorities acted intelligently, with foresight and courage, it's too late to save the species: How then should we live?
A long list of scientific experiments suggests our belief in death is based on a false premise, that the world exists independent of us -− the great observer.
But I still say that there is no technical proof that God exists, nor any proof that he doesn't exist. As we know from various religious people: just because you feel passionately about something, it doesn't mean you're right.