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2012

29 Mar. 2012
Fallacies in Proving God Exists
The more I want God to exist, the more I must question proofs of God's existence. "Bad arguments for God" scare me. Maybe all the "God Arguments" are bad? I hope not.
 
5 Apr. 2012
Is Life and Mind Inevitable in the Cosmos?
Our universe must be "just so" in order for life and mind-for us-to exist. "Just so" is called "fine-tuning," and it cries out for explanation.
 
12 Apr. 2012
Arguing God with Analytic Philosophy
I desire God to be real, so I know that the easiest person to fool is myself. That's why I favor rational arguments for, and against, the existence of a Supreme Creator.
 
19 Apr. 2012
What Would Alien Intelligences Mean?
Do intelligent aliens exist? Who knows? But here's what I do know: The potential existence of intelligent aliens probes meaning and purpose in the universe.
 
26 Apr. 2012
What God the Creator Means
Creation is God's glory; creating is God's essence. I've heard this so often and so long it seems to make sense. But does it make sense?
 
3 May 2012
Mysteries of Cosmic Inflation
The very early universe likely underwent a period of enormous expansion called "inflation." The theory stunned cosmology. Here's the story of its discovery.
 
10 May 2012
How Is God All Powerful?
The God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam claims to be "Omnipotent"- a being who is all-powerful. Can this omnipotent God do everything? Literally everything?
 
17 May 2012
Does Metaphysics Reveal Reality?
Some think metaphysics is ancient nonsense; others that it's the bizarre occult. Real metaphysics asks the most profound questions, seeks the deepest truths.
 
24 May 2012
Complexity from Simplicity?
Our universe began with a swirling, seething plasma-everything, everywhere, all the same. Today we have galaxies, stars, planets, people. How did such structure come about?
 
31 May 2012
Do Humans Have Free Will?
Free will seems so obvious. Whatever I want to do, I just do. But could "I" be fooled? Some say that free will is an illusion. Others, that it's a mystery.
 
7 Jun. 2012
What's God About?
Theists and atheists debate whether God exists. But what God are they arguing over? There's enormous variation in the kinds of gods that populate religions.
 
14 Jun. 2012
Does Consciousness Lead to God?
Why does the mystery of consciousness lead some to the existence of God and others to only the brain? I'd like to believe in God. Can consciousness help me?
 
21 Jun. 2012
The Mystery of Existence
Call all-that-exists "something." Why is there "something" rather than "nothing"? The question haunts me. Why is there anything at all?
 
10 Nov. 2012
Is the Universe Religiously Ambiguous?
Does God exist or not exist? How can so many people be so absolutely sure-either way? But maybe that's the point. Maybe "God" and "No God" are both defensible. What would that mean?
 
17 Nov. 2012
Is Consciousness an Illusion?
Is consciousness something special in the universe, a carrier of meaning and purpose? Or is consciousness a mere artifact of the brain, a by-product of evolution? I hope consciousness is special, which is why I must be a skeptic.
 
24 Nov. 2012
What Is God?
How can I assess whether God exists without exploring what kind of God is supposed to exist? So I examine God's essence and nature.
 
1 Dec. 2012
Do General Principles Govern All Science?
Are there "general principles" that encompass all sciences, that explain even beyond the sciences? What would that mean about our world and about us?
 
8 Dec. 2012
Are Brain and Mind the Same Thing?
If mind and brain are the same thing, then the physical world is likely all that exists. But if mind and brain are not the same thing, then what? Could reality go beyond the physical?
 
15 Dec. 2012
Current Arguments for God
I like arguments about God, whether based on science, philosophy or personal experience. I like to push and to be pushed, explore the possible existence of a Creator. I must also consider defeaters of God.
 
22 Dec. 2012
Why Science and Religion Think Differently
Science and religion-each pursues Big Truth and offers total solutions. Science works. That's for sure. Religion? Not so sure. Does any reality exist beyond the expanding reach of science?
 
29 Dec. 2012
What Are Dreams About?
Throughout history, dreams have fascinated and mystified. Messages from God? Images of the subconscious? Much about dreams is myth. What's real?
 

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