Kepler’s Pursuit of a Mathematical Cosmology

Andrew McDiarmid, astronomy, Center for Science and Culture, Colorado Christian University, cosmology, Discovery Institute, Faith & Science, Harmonices Mundi, ID The Future, Johannes Kepler, mathematics, Melissa Cain Travis, Mysterium Cosmographicum, physics, Physics, Earth & Space, Podcast, science history, theology, Thinking God’s Thoughts, Tycho Brahe
Dr. Travis tracks the progression of Kepler’s ideas to show how he became a key figure in the transition from ancient astronomy to a true celestial physics. Source
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The Dawkins Test Returns an Answer: Intelligent Design

astronomers, astronomy, Casey Luskin, Darwinian theory, Dawkins Test, epicycles, Evolution, Evolution News, family tree, genes, geocentric model, ID The Future, Intelligent Design, phylogenomics, Physics, Earth & Space, Richard Dawkins, solar system, The Greatest Show on Earth, Tree of Life, universal common ancestry
Dr. Luskin details the various ways that the rapidly developing field of phylogenomics is uncovering data that powerfully fits the ID model of life’s history. Source
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New Study: The Milky Way Is Exceptional

astronomy, Copernican principle, cosmological walls, cosmology, earth, filaments, galaxies, habitability, Intelligent Design, Jay Richards, Michael Keas, Miguel Aragón, Milky Way, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nicolaus Copernicus, Physics, Earth & Space, Satellites Around Galactic Analogs, sheets, solar system, star formation, The Privileged Planet, Unbelievable?, universe, voids, walls
“You might have to travel a half a billion light years from the Milky Way, past many, many galaxies, to find another cosmological wall with a galaxy like ours.” Source
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John Bloom on the Match that Lit the Scientific Revolution

alchemy, Ancient Near East, astrology, astronomy, Casey Luskin, Chemistry, Christianity, Faith & Science, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, ID The Future, Johannes Kepler, John Bloom, Judeo-Christian tradition, Nicolaus Copernicus, physics, Physics, Earth & Space, Podcast, The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith
Babylonians and Greeks contributed some discoveries and insights that would eventually play into the rise of science. Source
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Do We Live on a Privileged Planet?

astronomy, atmosphere, beauty, chemical elements, Doppler effect, helium, Intelligent Design, Isaac Newton, Jay W. Richards, Joseph von Fraunhofer, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Physics, Earth & Space, rainbows, René Descartes, solar eclipse, spectroscope, stars, sun, telescope, The Privileged Planet, Titan, universe, Venus, water, William Huggins, William Hyde Wollaston
Yes, rainbows are beautiful, but are they good for anything? Indeed, they have been very important for science. Source
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Rare Earth at Twenty — And My Connection

American Scientist, astrobiology, astronomy, Charles Lineweaver, Christopher McKay, Discovery Institute, earth, extraterrestrial intelligence, extraterrestrial life, galactic habitable zone, Geoff Marcy, Hugh Ross, Icarus, Intelligent Design, interplanetary dust particles, James Kasting, Jay Richards, meteorites, Milky Way, Peter D. Ward, Physics Today, Physics, Earth & Space, Rare Earth, Science (journal), SETI, solar system, Steven J. Dick, The Privileged Planet, University of Washington, Woodruff Sullivan
This past January marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of the best-selling and influential book Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe, by Peter D. Ward and Donald E. Brownlee. As the subtitle suggests, the authors argue that planets like Earth that have complex life are rare, while simple life may be common. Some Background Brownlee and Ward were, and still are, professors at the University of Washington in Seattle. Brownlee is an astronomer. He specializes in meteorites and interplanetary dust particles. Ward is a paleontologist in the biology department. He specializes in major mass extinction events. He’s also a prolific author, having written 16 books.  Mostly positive reviews appeared in leading newspapers and science magazines, including Science, American Scientist, and Physics Today. Even scientists who…
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