The moon and stars, flocks and herds, wild animals, birds and fish. Psalm 8 lists each of these as part of God’s creation. But how do computers fit into creation?
As machines take on more tasks formerly done by humans, these machines may soon have to make choices that are moral in nature. We all (mostly) appreciate the safety features added to newly designed cars to make our driving safer and easier, such as rear-view cameras and adaptive cruse-control.
In many ways it seems very strange to me that we can talk about something as connected to the nature of God at the level of human genes. In Genesis, one of the first things we learn is that God spoke, making language one of the things we know is part of who God is.
Our motivation to do science is different from non-Christians. But while this may change how we see science, it should not change how we do science.
An article in the New Atlantis titled “The Architecture of Evil” opens with the provocative statement: “Someone designed the furnaces of the Nazi death camps.”
My recent trip to the DR showed me another side of this picturesque country as I visited a number of fledgling Christian schools which are part of COCREF (Colegios Cristianos Reformados). This network of 15 Christian schools seeks to serve roughly 3,700 children, some of whom are among the most neglected children in the DR.
One consequence of a paradigm shift in science is that whole fields are revisited and need to be re-understood. This can be true both for the fields at the centre of the paradigm shift but also for other related disciplines.
One of the charges given humans, part of our imago Dei, is to develop and care for creation with the specific talents God has given us as individuals. Some are given creative power to make art and do science, adding to the richness of creation
A number of you may have seen the computer program Watson from IBM defeat two strong human players on Jeopardy! in 2011 to win a one-million dollar prize. Ken Jennings, one of the humans defeated by Watson, suggests that the program is taking the same approach that he does in answering these trivia puzzles, analyzing many possible questions suggested by the answer provided.
One of the oft-forgotten but critical parts of doing science is presenting one’s findings to the larger community. Science that is not shared is lost and in many ways a wasted effort.
Replicability is one of the main pillars on which science rests; evidence must, at least in principle, be such that anyone with the right skills and equipment could repeat the same finding again. If something cannot be demonstrated repeatedly, then the original finding is considered suspect.
In the last few decades, new astronomy tools and technology have significantly expanded our understanding of God’s universe.