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What do mystics experience?

For thousands of years, there have been mystics who describe an experience of a transcendent reality that most humans beings do not have.  In different cultures and religions, this experience takes various forms, but they all seem to revolve around a loss of a sense … Continue reading

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So where are we going?

The Big Bang to Now:  All of Time in Six Chunks is about the almost 67 billion years we think our universe has been in existence in its present form.  That is, with the dimensions of time and space and … Continue reading

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What happened before the Big Bang?

Roger Penrose, a distinguished cosmologist at Oxford University, is publishing a new book, Cycles of Time, in which he argues that our universe did not begin  with the Big Bang. He thinks we can see in otherwise inexplicable patterns of low … Continue reading

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The quest without end

Science cannot arrive at an ultimate truth.  Science searches for understanding, not for Truth. Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Astrophysicist Burnell’s understanding of religion – she is a life-long Quaker -is similar.  She believes we need to continue to explore our … Continue reading

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How certain are proven facts?

This is the second part of the Question Beyond Science exploring how certain we can be about what we think we know.  Yesterday’s post discussed certainty and religious belief.  This post asks whether science can provide us with absolute certainty. … Continue reading

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Seeking Certainty: religious belief and scientific fact

The following is part one of the third of twelve Questions Beyond Science.  It’s a draft for the next edition of The Big Bang to Now, and any feedback, positive or negative, will be taken most seriously. How Certain Can We … Continue reading

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Why can’t science answer our question about God?

People who believe in God and those who don’t often find each other incomprehensible.  Even worse, they often think the worst of each other.  At best, believers fear for the salvation of the unbelievers, while non-believers often suspect believers of … Continue reading

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