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“How thoughts arise”

“How thoughts arise”

Science Centric has a report on a new, more effective approach to simulating neural networks: In their doctoral theses, Arvind Kumar and Sven Schrader have simulated large neuronal networks that, for the first time, take this neuronal feature into account. Especially in the neocortex, neurones are intensely interconnected, i.e. they receive many input signals that can modify the integration of subsequent signals. Taking the special features of such highly interconnected networks into account yields simulations that are in excellent agreement…

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Evolution Book Sees No Science-Religion Gap – New York Times

Evolution Book Sees No Science-Religion Gap – New York Times

This is going to be interesting. I’ve just ordered my copy, which should be here within a week. On Thursday, [the National Academy of Sciences] produced a third [book on teaching evolution]. But this volume is unusual, people who worked on it say, because it is intended specifically for the lay public and because it devotes much of its space to explaining the differences between science and religion, and asserting that acceptance of evolution does not require abandoning belief in…

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What Christ Does For Us, Part 3: The Extent of Brokenness

What Christ Does For Us, Part 3: The Extent of Brokenness

God created us for relationship with Him, and with genuine moral significance as part of our makeup. We turned away from Him and broke that relationship. Our connection to the true source of life and love was broken, and death and alienation entered our experience. This we learn from Genesis 1 through 3, as covered in the first two posts in this series (see the Series list below). The first chapters of Genesis illustrate God’s holiness and justice without actually…

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Blog Page Improvements (Mostly)

Blog Page Improvements (Mostly)

I think I’ve solved some pesky problems with IE 6, and with comment previewing and subscribing. Internet Explorer 6 was truncating the sidebar. Firefox and Camino insisted on placing the comment enhancements far at the bottom of the page, below the blogroll. We fumbled around with a lot of things, trying to fix this. I know almost nothing about php, which is the language used for most of this blog system. My son, Jonathan, has helped me a lot with…

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The National Academy of Sciences and the Fact-Value Dichotomy

The National Academy of Sciences and the Fact-Value Dichotomy

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), as reported in this morning’s Los Angeles Times, has made another statement in favor of teaching evolution in schools. There were the usual distortions in their report, but it’s only been a few days since that topic came up here on this blog, and there’s no need to go into that again so soon. Something else there was even more interesting to me: The report stated that the idea of evolution could be fully…

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What Christ Does For Us, Part 2: Broken Roots

What Christ Does For Us, Part 2: Broken Roots

Yesterday we saw that God created humans to have great dignity, and superior value and worth, above every other created thing. We were in fact created for relationship with God. He has always intended to love us, and for us to love Him. This is not love between equals, though, for God created us to be dependent on Him. The food, the air, the very ground that every human has walked upon–all this has always been provided by God. And…

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What Christ Does For Us, Part 1: Our Roots In God’s Plan

What Christ Does For Us, Part 1: Our Roots In God’s Plan

I shouldn’t have been too surprised to discover that this post on how we need Christ needed more explanation. I’m actually pleased to have this occasion arise; it gives me a chance to reflect on what Christ has done for us in the past, and what he does for us still. The objection doctor(logic) raised began: The thing that bugs me about this is that it’s so anti-humanistic. Humility I can understand, but, to me, this is perverse. When people…

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The Historical Reliability of the New Testament: Free eBook!

The Historical Reliability of the New Testament: Free eBook!

From Why Faith: Christianity is a historically based religion. Its impetus was not merely a person’s sudden enlightenment (as in Buddhism for example). It is instead based on events that occurred in history: history centered, and not merely a philosophy of life. It is for this reason that Paul states “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (1 Cor 15:17) Download this free e-book! New Testament

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