Bert Bigelow

Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin, Carson and Hansen

Bert BigelowEnvironment, Politics, Science15 Comments

Most readers will recognize the first three names in the title. A little head scratching might drag up Rachel Carson. But not many people will know that last name. Read on to find out what these five people have in common, and the identity of the last individual. Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) When Copernicus was in his early forties, around 1514, … Read More

Miracles

Bert BigelowEpistemology22 Comments

Most religions are based on stories of miracles. Those miracles are always performed by a supernatural deity. The Bible is absolutely chock-full of miracles, from the immaculate conception and resurrection, to the water-into-wine trick. But the clincher is that huge bunch of miracles listed in the book of Genesis…about the creation of Heaven and Earth and all the living things … Read More

Computers, Brains and Accountability

Bert BigelowPolitics, Science, Social Issues5 Comments

I spent a good part of my working life programming computers. I started in the late 60’s, almost fifty years ago. Back then, computers were the size of houses, and the programs were punched on cards. Data storage was on magnetic tape. Processors were slow and memory was small. But in the early 70’s the microelectronics explosion happened. Memories grew … Read More

Religous Belief and the Scientific Method

Bert BigelowScience49 Comments

In his essay, “Non-Overlapping Magisteria,” Steven Jay Gould introduced the “NOMA Principle,” which postulated that religion and science occupied mutually exclusive domains in human culture. As Gould explains, magisteria are teaching authorities. The word is derived from ‘magister,’ the Latin word for teacher and has nothing to do with majesty or awe. Richard Dawkins and others disagreed vehemently with Gould. … Read More