Ecology

The World As Dew

The World As Dew

Abrahamic Traditions, Archetypes, Atheism, awareness, Buddhism, Christianity, Christianity/Catholicism, Church, community, Compassion, Creation, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, Ecology, empathy, Environment, Epiphany, faith, God, Hawaii, Holy Mystery, kindness, Letting go, Longing, Love, Madame Pele, mindfulness, monotheism, multiculturalism, Myth, Mythology, Nature, Randomness, Rationality, Religion, Secularity, Uncategorized, volcanos
The world of dew Is the world of dew. And yet, and yet -- -- Kobayashi Issa I am convinced that certain geographical areas “prefer” certain religious traditions. In certain areas of the Nation – I will concentrate on the US, though I think analogous remarks apply elsewhere – climate, topography, and history conspire to render the spiritual climate favorable to what I will call “rule-based” or “command-based” traditions that emphasize a Deity Who stands outside human history, but occasionally intervenes to formulate rules of conduct and to issue commands.  Members of these traditions tend to speak in terms of God being “in control” and in political metaphors of monarchical sovereignty.  It is quite common, also, especially in the American tradition of conservative evangelical Prot
The Sociology Of “Interstellar”

The Sociology Of “Interstellar”

"Life" Issues, Albert Einstein, Archetypes, Art, Article Review, Astronomy, autonomy, Biology, black holes, causality, Christianity, citizenship, civics, Climate Change, community, conservatism, Contact, Cosmology, courage, Creation, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Ecology, Einstein, Enlightenment, Environment, Evolution, extraterrestrial intelligences, Fascism, Fear, God, Human Condition, Ideology, image of God, Imagination, in memory of, mathematics, Milky Way Galaxy, monotheism, Philosophy, physics, Politics, Prof. Stephen Hawking, Relativity, Religion, Science, Skeptic, time dilation, Tolerance, transformation, Uncategorized, Universe, Word of God
This "Skeptic's Collection" column is dedicated to the life, work, and memory of Prof. Stephen Hawking, Lucasian Professor of theoretical physics and cosmology, Cambridge University, United Kingdom. "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses” If you have not seen the movie Interstellar, with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Mackenzie Foy, and John Lithgow, you should run – not walk – to the nearest theater or streaming service and watch it.  Interstellar is a not just a science-fiction (SF) movie, it is a science-fiction movie, i.e., it does not cut any corners in terms of depicting the actual consequences of near-light travel, e.g., time dilation, black-hole physics, etc.  (In that respect, Interstellar is a cinematic fraternal twin to Dan Si
The Wind From The Sun — Eclipses, Climate Change, And The Methodology Of Science

The Wind From The Sun — Eclipses, Climate Change, And The Methodology Of Science

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Sometimes even smart and literate people are somewhat naïve when it comes to science. We had an example just recently when educated and sophisticated people compared prevalent conservative skepticism about climate change / global warming with almost non-existent skepticism about the causes of the recent solar eclipse. But this turns out to be a case of dueling misconceptions about differences in scientific methodology:  the methodology used to substantiate climate change and the methodology used to account for solar eclipses. The differences are subtle, requiring a working knowledge of the history of science, but important in appreciating the extent to which the two cases – climate change and eclipses – are not quite comparable. Almost. But not quite. I am riding this partic