Does Quantum Mechanics Speak to Catholic Teaching? On the right-hand column you'll see that of the five posts most visited on this blog, three deal with quantum mechanics and religion. If, then, the relation between quantum mechanics and Catholic doctrine is intriguing, why not explore a general question: does quantum mechanics inform theology, and if so, how? What I will try to do is to put forth some general considerations. I'll not try to give even a horsies and duckies sketch of the basics of quantum theory, except insofar as it is relevant to the theology discussed. Quantum mechanics is peculiar (in more ways than one)! If you go to the Wikipedia article on Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics you'll find 15 different interpretations (and there are subdivisions amongst many of these). Related to interpretation are general positions scientists and theologians take on just how quantum mechanics might be relevant to matters of faith. |God, the Trinity> = |God, the Father> + |God, the Son> + |God, the Holy Spirit>
Wind Map An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, not associated with any company. If the map is missing or seems slow, we recommend the latest Chrome browser. Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. If you're looking for a weather map, or just want more detail on the weather today, see these more traditional maps of temperature and wind.
What Einstein Got Wrong About the Speed of Light If you want to play in the quantum sandbox, you have to accept some bizarre rules. You have to accept that a single thing can exist in two states at once—alive and dead, black and white—until it’s observed or measured in some way, at which point it instantly takes on one quality or the other. You have to accept that two particles at opposite ends of the universe can be entangled in such a way that anything you do to one instantly affects the other. Einstein hated the quantum sandbox, especially the part about entanglement. But now, an experiment at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands suggests that the great man’s objections notwithstanding, spooky action at a distance is real. The Day Albert Einstein Died: A Photographer's Story Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Albert Einstein's office - just as the Nobel Prize-winning physicist left it - taken mere hours after Einstein died, Princeton, New Jersey, April 1955. What’s more, the experiment didn’t work just once.
Watts Up With That? | The world's most viewed site on global warming and climate change The Dolphin Institute - Dolphin Research Mercado, E. III, Uyeyama, R.K., Pack, A.A., & Herman, L.M. (1999). Memory for action events in the bottlenosed dolphin. Animal Cognition, 2, 17-25. Uyeyama, R.K. (1999). Herman, L.M., Pack, A.A., & Hoffmann-Kuhnt, M. (1998). Mercado, E. Herman, L. Ralston, J. Taylor, K. Herman, L. Herman, L. Braslau-Schneck, S. (1994). Reeve, S. Herman, L.M., Pack, A.A. & Wood, A. Herman, L. Holder, M. Morrel-Samuels, P. & Herman, L. Prince, C. Roitblat, H. Herman, L. Herman, L. Pack, A. Herman, L. Herman, L. Herman, L. Sdao, K.A. (1990). Shaw, M. (1990). Herman, L. Langton, K. Ralston, J. Roitblat, H. Forestell, P. Forestell, P. Herman, L. Hunter, G. Jerison, H. Langton, K. Pack, A. Herman, L. Herman, L. Herman, L. Herman, L. Herman, L. Shyan, M. Shyan, M. Mobley, J. Herman, L. Hoban, E. (1983). Herman, L. Thompson, R. Herman, L. Herman, L.M. (1980). Herman, L. Madsen, C. Thompson, R. Madsen, C. (1976). Herman, L. Herman, L. Thompson, R. Herman, L. Yunker, M. Herman, L. Beach, F. Herman, L. Herman, L.
The Space Doctor’s Big Idea There once was a doctor with cool white hair. He was well known because he came up with some important ideas. He didn’t grow the cool hair until after he was done figuring that stuff out, but by the time everyone realized how good his ideas were, he had grown the hair, so that’s how everyone pictures him. He was so good at coming up with ideas that we use his name to mean “someone who’s good at thinking.” Two of his biggest ideas were about how space and time work. The first idea is called the special idea, because it covers only a few special parts of space and time. People have known for a long time that you can’t say how fast something is moving until you’ve said what it’s moving past. Some people think that this idea about moving was the space doctor’s big idea, but it wasn’t. The problem was light. It took people a while to realize what a huge problem this was. The more people thought about that, the more it seemed like something must be wrong with their numbers.
Give your mind a break with fluid dynamics videos | The Verge We all have our strategies for a quick relaxation session: photos of serene wilderness, beautiful space images, cat videos. But for those of you who miss screensavers or music visualizations, I have a suggestion: fluid dynamics videos. Take, for example, this timelapse video of clouds in Arizona: The Chase from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo. You don't necessarily have to understand the dynamics of cloud formation to enjoy this video — you just need to appreciate how wild our atmosphere really is. But maybe you want a little more science with your pretty visuals. Bonus points for RJD2's "Smoke and Mirrors," UCLA. This final video is probably one of my favorites. If this isn't enough for you, there's an excellent website run by Nicole Sharp, who not only helpfully cites where her gifs and videos come from, but — her a PhD in fluid in dynamics comes in handy here — can help explain what you're seeing.
11 images that capture the incredible vastness of space 1) The sun is incomprehensibly huge (John Brady) We all know the sun is big. 2) Even the moon is really far away (CapnTrip) Compared with the overall vastness of space, the moon is very close to us: it's just 238,900 or so miles away. 3) From Mars, Earth looks like a tiny blip in the sky (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU) If you traveled just a little ways away from Earth — say, to Mars, the second-closest planet to us — our home planet would become a tiny blip in the sky. 4) What North America would look like on Jupiter Jupiter is famous for being big. 5) If you replaced the moon with Saturn (Ron Miller) Another way to understand how big the gas giants are is to picture what they'd look like to us if they replaced the moon. 6) Even a single comet is pretty darn big (anosmicovni) This is the comet 67P/C-G — which the Philae probe landed on in November 2014 — superimposed on Los Angeles. 7) All of US history has occurred within a single Pluto orbit (NASA/New Horizons) 9) Other stars are utterly gigantic
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The Modern Temperature Trend The Modern Temperature Trend Tracking the world's average temperature from the late 19th century, people in the 1930s realized there had been a pronounced warming trend. During the 1960s, weather experts found that over the past couple of decades the trend had shifted to cooling. "The subject... is a vast one, and only too easily submerged in an ocean of repelling statistics, unless firm measures are taken to reduce the mass of data into a form which eliminates distracting or irrelevant detail Global temperature 1880-2014 - Average annual surface air temperatures, based on measurements by meteorological stations, ships and satellites, as analyzed using independent methods by four different groups. Source: NASA Earth Observatory. The heat content of the upper layers of the world's oceans is the most comprehensive measure of changes in the temperature of the planet. See Levitus et al., Geophysical Research Letters 39 (2012): L10603 [doi: 10.1029/2012GL051106]. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Women's Sexuality May Depend on Romantic Options Women's sexual orientation may be partly influenced by their romantic options, new research suggests. Women in the study who were rated as more attractive — and so, presumably, could attract sexier mates — were more likely to identify themselves as completely straight than the women who were less attractive, according to a comprehensive survey of health and sexual behavior among teens and young adults. In addition, the study confirmed that women tend to be more flexible than men in their sexual orientation, with women in the study being nearly three times more likely than men to experience a change in their orientation during the study. That doesn't mean that lesbians or bisexual women are settling for the ladies because the "good men" are all taken, said study author Elizabeth Aura McClintock, a sociologist at the University of Notre Dame in North Bend, Indiana. Unsurprisingly, fewer women than men reported being either 100 percent heterosexual or 100 percent homosexual.
An Atheist Questions the Logic of Darwinism (Part 1) | Thomistic Bent Evolution, as understood in the popular circles as purely random physical mutations filtered by natural selection, is increasingly under attack. It’s defenders must continue to climb further onto a limb and make explanations that taste more and more like just-so stories. One recent attack on evolution comes from atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel who wrote the book Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. Nagel’s explanations are reasonable, but written as a philosopher who sometimes paints in broad strokes. Nagel is no religious zealot, for he clearly states what he would conclude if left to his own personal desires: “My preference for an immanent, natural explanation is congruent with my atheism.” He describes the direction from which he starts: Nagel is honest enough to point out a fact that is quite obvious but not given much attention by most modern biologists: Like this: Like Loading... Christian Apologist & Philosopher
File:Observable universe logarithmic illustration.png Einstein's Theory of Relativity Explained (Infographic) The theories of relativity by Albert Einstein revolutionized how the world thinks about space, time, mass, energy and gravity. FULL STORY: General Relativity at 100: Einstein's Famous Theory Has Aged Well Prior to Einstein, the laws of Isaac Newton were used to understand the physics of motion. In 1687, Newton wrote that gravity affects everything in the universe. But Newton never puzzled out the source of gravity. Reference: Einstein's Theory of General Relativity Philosopher David Hume's 1738 "A Treatise of Human Nature" was a big influence on Einstein's thinking about space and time. "It is very well possible that without these philosophical studies I would not have arrived at the solution," Einstein wrote. In 1905, Albert Einstein based a new theory on two principles. Second, he calculated that the speed of light – 186,000 miles per second (299,338 kilometers per second) – is unchanging. Everything is moving relative to everything else, hence Einstein's theory of relativity.