‘Science’ Category Archives

18
Aug

RELIGION, REASON AND SCIENCE: how to not get confused about them.

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

Human beings are, potentially at least, rational beings.
It’s a work in progress for us, not open to inanimate creatures.
That fact we can know with certitude.
Upshots of that big certainty are some derivative certainties – the reality of God, the immortal soul of man and the actuality of Natural Moral Law.
These are rational certainties – not just probabilities or hypotheses.
Science and revealed religion are in a different league – both offer probabilities, sometimes useful, but never 100 per cent assurance.
What price the idea that science is the one way to truth?
It’s self-contradictory wishful thinking.
Well, can’t the same be said of revealed religion?
Perhaps there’s a difference – due to God being necessarily real and rational – which the objects addressed by science aren’t.
Could that make one’s religious experience trustworthy to a degree that scientific knowledge can’t be?

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7
Aug

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CREDIBILITY SELF-DESTRUCTS: ideology trumps facts in AMA statement on same-sex “marriage”.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Ethics, Family, Health, Politics, Science

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has issued a 2017 “position statement” claiming, amongst other things, that:
(1) “LGTBIQ-identifying individuals” having the highest rates of suicidality of any population group is “a consequence of discrimination and stigmatization…rather than a symptom of the orientation itself.”
(2) There is research highlighting that health and psychosocial outcomes for children raised in same-sex parented families are “on a par with, and in some aspects comparatively better than, children raised in heterosexual parented families.”
Ex-AMA head, Prof Kerryn Phelps, commented, “I don’t think the religious, cultural right-wing conservatives now have anywhere to hide….”
Conservatives probably don’t want to hide.
What they might like is to get some media space to demonstrate that:
Claim (1) relies on one only piece of 14-year old research which is based on statistically-unsound methodology and ignores other more recent research suggesting the opposite.
Claim (2) likewise is based on selective samples of research while ignoring other peer-reviewed research evidence whci shows that “the longer social scientists study the question, the more evidence of harm is found….”
An 18-page “Medical Critique” of the AMA Position Statement prepared by a groupf doctors headed by Dr Chris Middleton, former AMA State President, can be accessed on the internet.
https://critiqueama.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/medical-critique-of-the-ama-position-statement-on-marriage-equality.pdf

19
Jun

HOW TO GET BETTER POLITICAL LEADERSHIP: one tentative suggestion.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Lifestyle, Prayer, Science, Youth

If you’re reading this, you qualify as part of what might be termed the politically-obsolescent demographic.
The experts are saying it’s the young — functionally-illiterate under-30s, reachable only by Smartphone, Facebook, Twitter etc. – who increasingly decide elections.
Often they seem to choose superficial show-ponies.
Everybody willing to know has known for years that human brain development isn’t complete until at least one’s late twenties.
If people under 30 didn’t vote, would our leadership improve?
It wouldn’t, I suppose, solve all our problems.
But it might solve a lot of them.

4
Feb

“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:

31
Oct

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.

3
Oct

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.