Two new books will be available at the end of this month!
Here’s a sneak peak of the covers.
Two new books will be available at the end of this month!
Here’s a sneak peak of the covers.
I’ve heard, and been told, this several times. Now I feel I have to respond. The assertion, among some American Christians, is that Science is just trying to disprove that god exists. I’ll pass on trying to explain the problems with trying to prove a negative, and get to the main point…if an omnipotent being exists, he/she/it is making zero effort to have his/her/its existence proven.
Suppose that there is an all-powerful god, and that he did indeed create the universe in six days. During one of those days, he created Homo sapiens, and gave them intelligence and free will. That means that humans were created with the ability to observe the world around them, and to ask questions about what they were seeing.
When god created humans, he also created curiosity. He had to have known, at the time, that eventually some humans would come up with methods for testing the things they see around them. He had to have known that some humans would want solid, testable, measurable, repeatable proof of his existence. So why has he not provided it?
If god wants his creations to know he exists, there should be an abundance of proof in ANY form looked for. We should be able to conduct any repeatable, measurable experiment we can think of to answer “Does god exist?”, and get the same results no matter what. Those results should always, unequivocally, confirm that god does exist.
Here’s the problem. The results DO always come out the same: god does NOT exist. Pick any “miracle” you can think of, and examine it by scientific examination and experimentation, and you will always find an explainable, even repeatable, cause. Sometimes those causes are natural phenomena seen elsewhere, but usually they are caused by humans.
Then there’s personal experiences. I have no problem with personal experiences as a basis for spiritual beliefs. Here’s the thing, though…personal experiences are NOT proof. No two people will have exactly the same experience. Science cannot create experiments to replicate and measure personal experiences.
Now I hear someone say, “But the Bible is fact, the places it talks about really exist/ed.” Yeah, some did and do, but that doesn’t mean the whole thing is rock solid fact. The book and movie, Angels & Demons (Dan Brown), takes place in locations that exist today. That doesn’t mean the story is true. The movie, The Avengers, has a massive battle in New York City involving the Old Norse gods, Thor and Loki. That doesn’t mean the battle actually happened, and it doesn’t mean that Thor and Loki exist.
Anyone can go and see the landmarks in Rome, or walk the streets of New York City. Science can repeatably prove that those places exist, however, there is no way to prove that the events or people described in either story actually existed. Yes, we can use archeological (scientific) methods to prove that Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, etc existed. But the proof of the people and events in the stories is lacking. Most of the time, when such “evidence” surfaces, it is proven (through measurable, repeatable testing) to be false. If god exists and wants his creations to know, without doubt, that he does, there should be proof everywhere we look.
It is the purpose of science to answer the Whys and the Hows of the universe we live in, and there are three basic assumptions that go along with that: 1) Things that happen in the world around us have natural causes, 2) The evidence for those causes can be found in the natural world, and 3) Causes operating in the natural world will be consistent. Sometimes the answer to Why and How is, “we don’t know, yet”. A scientist will keep looking. He will devise new experimental techniques, and invent new measuring tools. A scientist will keep asking Why and How because he is not content with “god did it” as an answer.
Extraordinary claims, like “god created everything in only 6 days”, require extraordinary evidence. Not only does that evidence not exist, but there IS overwhelming, repeatable, measurable evidence to the contrary.
Science is a process to understand the world around us. Science is not out to disprove god. Science isn’t even looking for god, in any form. If god exists, he is doing nothing to advertise the fact in any way that Science would recognize.
This is in response to a pen pal who admonished me to not write about violence and “occult” things.
There’s a saying that keeps popping up: “Nothing amazing ever came out of a comfort zone.” It really is true. Just imagine where we’d be today if General Washington, freezing his butt off at Valley Forge, had just thrown up his hands and said, “Well, I’m cold, let’s all go home.” I could come up with dozens of examples.
Marie Curie (discovered radiation) once said, “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” I have to wonder what this world would be like if we all put effort into understanding each other and the world we live in.
I write about the dark side of nature because, without the darkness, the light is meaningless. “Good” and “Evil” are human inventions, and good versus evil is the oldest story line in human history. You can stop reading my book because a description of lions hunting makes you uncomfortable, but you will miss the story of redemption and forgiveness. I understand that, but it is sad.
There is no “good” or “evil” in nature. There is only a struggle to survive long enough to pass on one’s genes. There is nothing inherently noble, or evil, about nature, it just is. We humans like to think we are above nature, beyond it, but we are not. Sure, our weapons and medicines help us adapt and live longer, but we are not immune to the world around us.
As for “paranormal” and “occult”, take a trip back 1,000 years and strike a match to light a fire. They will burn you at the stake with that fire for practicing “black magic”. What would have been “paranormal” back then is now basic applied Chemistry. The difference is that now we know WHY a match works. Imagine what we may KNOW tomorrow! What we call paranormal, or occultish, or evil may be simply beyond our ability to understand with the knowledge and technology we have now. There’s nothing to be feared about that; in fact, it’s EXCITING!
The only reason we know what we know as a species, is because people stepped out of their comfort zones and found the amazing. I was uncomfortable writing some of those scenes, but I got through them to write an amazing story about the power of forgiveness. I will not apologize for finding the light in the darkness of HUMAN nature. Madame Curie was right, now IS the time (more than ever) to seek to understand more, so that we can fear less. If we don’t face our fears, we become slaves to what we THINK we should be afraid of, never knowing if there was even a need for the fear.
There are some truly amazing things out there. We only need to stretch beyond our comfort zones to find them.
“Find the Light”
I am now officially a published poet. I have two poems in this anthology. Check it out on Amazon.
It came while I was busy crocheting. Wow, there were a lot of changes to make. I didn’t bother changing formats from the Kindle version, so it didn’t look right in a print book. Well, I’ve fixed that.
The print version will have a few extra features that the Kindle version doesn’t. 😉
Now to order a new proof!
Peaches is an amazing person. I know, I know, I’m biased, but she just keeps proving it. Like last night. I had been really emotional all day, and finally broke down on the way to bed. She wasn’t even in the room, but knew something was really wrong. As I passed her house on the way to the stairs, she was looking at me with her head cocked to one side. When you see that in a bunny, you worry about ear infection, so I always check on her when she does that. She knows this, I’m sure, that’s why she did it. Continue reading
Three years from home. Three long years alone. But this is the life an explorer leads, and I would not trade it for anything. As I float in the vast blackness of space, I see a bright blue speck in the distance. It beckons me. Drawing nearer, lush green continents peek out from beneath the pure white streaks of wind driven clouds. Now caught in the planet’s gravity, I choose a large continent to explore and begin my descent. As I prefer to explore green forests, I focus on an area in the middle of this oddly shaped land mass. A wide river that appears to branch into four other streams, all large enough to navigate, looks like a great place to begin my examination of this world. I choose to join the river about one kilometer up from where the rivers diverge. Continue reading
Seriously? How the heck does that work? Simple, someone gives me a rock to identify, and I identify it.
In this case, my uncle in Oklahoma sent a rock for me to look at. It is a very strange rock which, of course, makes it interesting. The rock is very heavy, mostly black, but with a brown “skin” over the outside. The top is smoothly rounded, the bottom dipped in. The broken face is very uniform in color, but looks exactly like broken metal. During an examination with a 30x magnifier, I find a small pocket with globular metallic formations inside. Continue reading
Let’s define some terms. GMO is an acronym for Genetically Modified Organism, but modified how? There are two main types of genetic manipulation, artificial selection (cross-breeding) and bioengineering. Let’s explore both.
Everything in a grocery store has been genetically modified by artificial selection. This practice of breeding for desired traits started at the very dawn of agriculture. It’s why there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples. Every domestic animal, from your pets to the chicken you had for dinner, has been selectively bred. This form of genetic modification is so common that it’s easy to overlook, but it’s important to remember that these organisms are not natural and would not survive as they are in nature. Continue reading