Researching Creation

January 22, 2014

General / Naming Infinity

JB

Someone posted a link to a book that looks fantastic -- Naming Infinity.  I'm a big fan of infinity (both in philosophy and mathematics), and have been learning more about it.  This looks like a great contribution to the discussion.

A friend of mine posted this review of it.

January 22, 2014

Activism / Martin Luther King on Intelligent Design

JB

UncommonDescent just posted a great review of Martin Luther King's thoughts on Intelligent Design.

May 16, 2013

Discussions around the Web / Taxonomy vs Common Descent

JB

I am posting this mostly so I remember it later on - this is a great article on UD about the relationship between taxonomy and the concept of common descent.  The point is that what the nested hierarchy shows is specifically *not* Darwinian.  Excellent post with excellent argumentation followed by an excellent discussion.

May 10, 2012

Information Theory / Engineering and Theology Unite

JB

For those interested in engineering and theology and philosophy, this conference is for you!  I've got two talks slated for the conference - come and listen!  Lots of fascinating stuff from a number of disciplines:

www.eandm2012.com

You can see the abstract list here and the conference flyer here.

September 03, 2011

General / Special Creation Research Society Discount for Students

JB

For those interested in joining the Creation Research Society, they are running a special membership drive at a steeply discounted price:

See here

June 28, 2011

General / The Doctrine of Creation and the Making of Modern Biology

JB

I just posted a new article on the Classical Conversations website - check it out!

May 18, 2011

General / On Being an Amateur

JB

I'm posting this mainly because I was thinking about it today, and it took me over an hour to find it.  So I'm saving it here for future reference.  Biblo at Telic Thoughts put up some excellent thoughts about being an amateur ID proponent.  I also added the following comment:

I think it is dangerous for any discipline to reject the criticisms of amateurs out-of-hand. I have been programming computers for 25 years, have a book on programming that is used at Princeton University, have taught programming, and have numerous papers and articles on programming published by IBM and others.

Nonetheless, I still, often, have customers who come up with ways of doing things that I don't think of – customers who have never programmed a day in their life. I know many people who dismiss their customers ideas out-of-hand because they don't believe that non-programmers have valid input. That is total B.S. The fact is, being a non-programmer gives someone an outside look at the issues that aren't obscured with all the things us programmers normally worry about that, and sometimes that opens their minds up to possibilities that we don't see.

It doesn't mean that I take their ideas without criticism – there are more bad ones than good ones (which is expected, because they are outside the field, and aren't familiar with the issues). But nonetheless, I would be a lesser developer if I used the fact that these people are non-experts as a reason to dismiss what they had to say.

This also often requires translating what the have to say. Non-experts often use terms wrong, have a bad understanding of the way certain concepts work together, and the like. But *my* job is not to use my expertise as a way of beating their ignorance over their heads, but rather to *translate* their conceptualizations of their ideas into full-fledged, implementable ideas. So, rather than using my expertise to knock down, I use it to build up – to find a way to understand the non-experts in the most gracious light, and find a way for them to be right.

Doing so improves us both.

February 20, 2011

General / New Book - Sacred Cows in Science

JB

The book Sacred Cows in Science was just released.  This book is a compilation of issues from 17 authors in 3 countries which each challenge some aspect of science that normally goes unchallenged.  I have a chapter in it, so please take time to purchase a copy!  My chapter is on genetic mutations and whether they are accidental or not (or both).

The book covers a lot of territory, including astrophysics, biology, sociology, and other topics.  Many of the topics deal directly or indirectly with creation and evolution but not all.  Anyway, the chapters are all very different, some lay-oriented and some that are more technical.  Anyway, purchase a copy today!

February 08, 2011

General / A Theory of Undesign

JB

One thing that is often missing in ID contexts is a theology of "undesign".  That is, if we are going to take our design inferences seriously, that means that there needs to be a real category of "undesign".  Yet, if we take our faith seriously, then we also need to understand God as the designer of the whole universe.

David Snoke takes a pass at working through this issue in a paper titled "Defining Undesign in a Designed Universe".  Well worth your read.

September 20, 2010

General / Wooden Ships the Size of Noah's Ark

JB

Ian just pointed me to an excellent link about Chinese Treasure Junks.  These are ships built in the 15th century that have approximately the same dimensions as Noah's ark, and built out of wood.  Pretty amazing!  I wonder what these could teach us about the ark itself, if anything, and if perhaps the technology to build these came from the ark itself.