‘Science’ Category Archives


“LOCKED-IN SYNDROME”: the science and the spirituality.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Health, Recent Developments, Science, Silence, Suffering, Truth

Locked-in syndrome is where a patient has mental awareness but, due to nervous system disease, is physically paralysed from the eyelids down.
In some cases the eyelids don’t work either.
By using non-invasive computer interface technology, which detects changes of oxygen levels in brain tissue, even the worst cases can now be communicated with….
…including asking them whether they are happy.
Interestingly, most of them say they are happy with their lives.
We might have expected them to be very frustrated.
But they aren’t.
It makes you ask yourself what “happy” really means.
Apparently it doesn’t necessarily mean getting everything you want.
Or fulfilling yourself by “following your dreams etc.”
Locked-in patients stay happy by adapting themselves – not to their dreams – but to reality here and now.
It’s what you might call accepting God’s will.
We aren’t going to understand God, but we can learn to trust him….
Here’s a video made by the daughter of a Rabbi who has experienced the condition:

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MANIPULATING OPINION IN AUSTRALIA: some changes good, some changes bad.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Environment, Media, Persecution, Science

Yesterday someone asked me, “What do you think about climate change?”
I started saying how I’m not convinced either way because….
But he had stopped listening already.
“It must be true,” he said. “A celebrity actor is saying so on television.”
I didn’t try reasoning with him.
If one’s point of view relies on boosting by celebrities on television, one’s openness to reason is probably non-existent.
Anyway, isn’t climate change primarily a side-show to distract us from more alarming and humanly-destructive changes?
There’s a global campaign to “change” what a human being is, what a family is, what freedom of speech is….
Try, for example, proclaiming that marriage is a life-long union of one man and one woman.
You’ll soon discover how the understandings and freedoms that sustained society 20 years ago – and also 20 centuries ago – are changed and gone.
You’ll be silenced one way or another if you don’t shut up.


CREATIONISM MAKING A COMEBACK? should we laugh or cry?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Education, Science

The October 2016 issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN includes an article titled “Creationism Invades Europe”.
It seems that Evolution is being dis-believed in by increasing numbers of people thanks, perhaps, to the way creationists have used new media
The writers complain that, “Even if people claim to accept Evolution, they tend to interpret evolutionary processes in intuitive but scientifically incorrect ways.
“We need to do more to make people understand what we know about the fundamental processes of life on Earth.”
To which Socrates would have replied, “What is science?” “What is Evolution?” “What are these fundamental processes?”
The answers from many science experts might be — if boiled down into intelligible English — that science is atheism.
We don’t really know what Evolution is — or whether it’s a myth. Although we do know enough to know that atheism is nonsense.
The fact that we can say we “need to do more to make people understand”, shows that we have some free choice about what we decide to teach.
If we have free choice, we know it wasn’t given to us by un-free subhuman primate ancestors.
And it didn’t come step-wise. There can be no such steps: Either one is free or one is not free.
Freedom during pre-history came to rational beings in a single step — bestowed by an outside agency with the power to do so.
Is that “creationism”?
Call it what you like. But it’s not atheism.


CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH: factors that might help (e.g. “warm parenting”)

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Family, Lifestyle, Science, Women, Youth

A new study by University of South Australia’s Centre for Population Health Research says one-fifth of Australian children are at serious risk of adult mental illness.
One factor identified being that one in three pre-teen children experience “low warmth” parenting.
“Warmth” as in, for example, a parent hugging their child for no reason.
Spokeswoman Professor Leonie Segal says, “We’re saying a lot of these things are inter-generational and if we don’t put the resources in the right places they won’t go away.”
And she says we need “earlier and more intensive intervention programs”.
Ouch. That sounds like more social workers.
Be warned.
Perhaps all this isn’t as complicated as the academics make out.
A couple of simple thoughts:
You can’t be warm to your child if you aren’t there.
You can’t even hug them if you aren’t there.
Step one in making children’s lives better has got to be a move towards more mothers staying at home with their children
And closing down more child care centres.


“SCIENCE WILL SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS”: so they say, but will it? did it ever?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, History, Science

“Remember, young man, unceasingly, that the science of this world, which has become a great power, has, especially in the last century, analysed everything divine handed down to us in the holy books.
“After this cruel analysis the learned of this world have nothing left of all that was sacred of old.
“But they have only analysed the parts and overlooked the whole, and indeed their blindness is marvellous.
“Yet the whole still stands steadfast before their eyes, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
“Has it not lasted nineteen centuries, is it not still a living, a moving power in the individual soul and in the masses of people?
“It is still as strong and living even in the souls of atheists, who have destroyed everything!
“For even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardour of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ of old . . . .”

(. . . words of Father Paissy to his understudy, Alexey, in “The Brothers Karamazov”, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, written 130-odd years ago.)

Sounds like a message we need today.


FUNDAMENTALISM IS OFTEN DANGEROUS BAD NEWS: can it be overcome by means of modern rational thought?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, Science, Truth

Today if you’re called a “fundamentalist”, somebody is probably trying to insult you.

The word “fundamentalist” was invented 100 years ago by conservative protestants who claimed that non-fundamentalists over-estimated the “rational” basis of religion.

They proclaimed three “fundamentals”, which (Latin-ised) were: Sola scriptura (“Scripture alone”), Sola fide (“Faith alone”) and Sola gratia (“Grace alone”).

Any religion based on anything “alone” sounds a bit sus – as though you’re being called on to swallow somebody’s ideas un-thinkingly.

OK. But isn’t today’s worst fundamentalism the one preaching “Sola scientia”?

Everywhere people say it with a straight face: “The only way to truth is through science”.

I heard it yet again on last Saturday’s ABC radio “Science Show”.

This creed isn’t based on common sense. It certainly can’t be proved scientifically.

Here’s one scientist who seems not to have fallen for scientismistico-fundo notions:


You needn’t accept every word he says. But isn’t he at least asking the right questions?