Life — An Abundant Cosmic Phenomenon?

Life — An Abundant Cosmic Phenomenon?

In a preprint of twenty papers accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal, the authors present evidence from their study of five proto-planetary discs orbiting young stars about 300 to 500 light years from Earth. The results were astounding. They discovered...
Evolution Before Our Eyes 2

Evolution Before Our Eyes 2

As mentioned in my first Blog on the subject, the Covid-19 virus is learning to fight back, and we have not yet wrestled it to the ground. Meanwhile, new variants have been detected, one is called ‘mu.’ It has caused infections first in Columbia at the beginning of...
Rising Acceptance of Evolution

Rising Acceptance of Evolution

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center of public opinion about science related questions found that the median score for the acceptance of evolution was 74% across 20 countries. Six countries scored below the median — Malaysia (43%), Brazil (54%), India (56%),...
Evolution Before Our Eyes 1

Evolution Before Our Eyes 1

I am referring to the mutations in in the COVID-19 virus from the alpha variant to the more transmissible delta variant and the probability of more to come. This fourth variant is now the dominant variant globally, 40-60 percent more transmissible than alpha. This...
Does Quantum Physics Explain Consciousness?

Does Quantum Physics Explain Consciousness?

Scientists have long hypothesized that consciousness may be generated by quantum processes in the brain. Already in the 1990s, two renowned scientists, Stuart Hamerhoff together with Roger Penrose (who later received the Nobel Prize for physics), had put forward such...
Starting to Think Theologically about Extra-terrestrial Life

Starting to Think Theologically about Extra-terrestrial Life

In my previous post I reflected on the possibility that our home galaxy may be inhabited by observers like us, who may be looking at planet Earth, who can measure its size, its mass, and even detect the composition of its atmosphere from the light spectrum the latter...
Someone Looking at Us?

Someone Looking at Us?

For thirty years astronomers have been in hot pursuit of planets outside our solar system. The search for “exoplanets” markedly accelerated since 2006. Today nearly fifty ground-based search projects plus ten space missions have been commissioned. Most of them are...
“In the Beginning …”

“In the Beginning …”

Genesis 1:1 is usually translated as “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This traditional rendition, so familiar in the English-speaking world, is an unfortunate mistranslation that misses the true meaning of the Hebrew. The mistake was first...
Science, Covid, and the Future

Science, Covid, and the Future

In the twelve months of the global Covid pandemic, we have learned much about ourselves as a civilization, perhaps even as a species: our vulnerability, for instance, or how to respond effectively to a massive public thread, also about the willingness of many to make...