Cosmology Philosophy

Space exploration: A philosophical case

In a thoughtful column on the end of NASA, Cal Thomas offers some reflections worth considering: Former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin believes the space agency has “lost its way.” In an article for Air & Space magazine in 2007, Griffin set out the philosophical argument for “The Real Reason We Explore Space”:

Cosmology

A physicist reflects on the end of space accomplishment – now that speculation has replaced exploration

The gradual shutdown of accomplishment is described here. Our physicist author, Rob Sheldon, offers UD News a guide, speaking only for himself, in the hope it may help you interpret rapidly spun news stories. Since you asked what it means, let me try my best analysis, though I speak only for myself and perhaps some Read More…

Cosmology

At end of the “space race” era, speculation replaces exploration, as key accomplishment?

In “Shuttles’ end stirs doubts about U.S. space program,” Irene Klotz (News Daily, 2011/07/06) reports CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida, July 6, 2011 (Reuters) — As the clock ticks down to this week’s final space shuttle launch, there is a mounting sense of uncertainty about future U.S. dominance in space. [ … ] … veteran former astronauts Read More…

Cosmology

Some make cosmology into a non-theistic metaphysics

For example, Tufts University cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin, of whom William Lane Craig* notes, Vilenkin and, more famously, James Hartle and Stephen Hawking have proposed models of the universe that Vilenkin candidly calls exercises in “metaphysical cosmology.” In his best-selling popularization of his theory, Hawking even reveals an explicitly theological orientation. He concedes that on the Read More…

Cosmology

Some will accept cosmic string landscape theory strictly to evade the implications of fine tuning of the universe

Inventor of string theory Leonard Susskind, for one: If, for some unforeseen reason, the landscape turns out to be inconsistent—maybe for mathematical reasons, or because it disagrees with observation . . . [then] as things stand now we will be in a very awkward position. Without any explanation of nature’s fine-tunings we will be hard Read More…

Cosmology Darwinism

Some cautiously embrace the multiverse for the sake of defending Darwinism.

Including prominent molecular biologist Eugene Koonin: Despite considerable experimental and theoretical effort, no compelling scenarios currently exist for the origin of replication and translation, the key processes that together comprise the core of biological systems and the apparent pre-requisite of biological evolution. The RNA World concept might offer the best chance for the resolution of Read More…

Cosmology Intelligent Design

Cosmos: Universe clumpier than it is supposed to be

Also, from Stephen Battersby (New ScientistJune 21, 2011), we learn: , “Largest cosmic structures ‘too big’ for theories”: We know that the universe was smooth just after its birth. Measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB), the light emitted 370,000 years after the big bang, reveal only very slight variations in density from place Read More…

Cosmology Intelligent Design

So get used to it, John Bell (1928-1990). Quantum mechanics will never just settle down and get a job in the real world.

In “Quantum Magic’ Without Any ‘Spooky Action at a Distance” (ScienceDaily, June 25, 2011), we learn: Quantum mechanical entanglement is at the heart of the famous quantum teleportation experiment and was referred to by Albert Einstein as “spooky action at a distance.” A team of researchers led by Anton Zeilinger at the University of Vienna Read More…

Cosmology Intelligent Design

Major novelist thinks co-author Leonard Mlodinow mostly wrote “no God needed” book, headlined as by “Stephen Hawking”

Umberto “Name of the Rose“ Eco (not the person you’d immediately expect to not like Stephen Hawking’s latest effort, The Grand Design) apparently doesn’t like it. That’s according to Vox Day’s translation from the Italian. Yes, for one  thing, Eco thinks the book was mostly written by co-author Cal Tech physicist Leonard Mlodinow: the book Read More…

Cosmology Science

In science, you can consistently get it wrong and still keep your job?

How’d that work out at a used car lot? In “Wrong Again: Planetologists Embarrassed” (Creation-Evolution Headlines, June 23, 2011), Dave Coppedge comments on getting it wrong about planets: In most careers, being wrong too often is grounds for dismissal. False prophets in ancient kingdoms were stoned or shamed out of town. Only in science, it Read More…

Cosmology Culture

Huh? Fellow claims no one cared about “Don’t need God” physicist Sean Carroll’s recent post …

Uh, they did care; response was pretty good. Post here (June 7, 2011). But, one “Larry Tanner” who self-describes as follows, “Larry Tanner” is my nom de blog. I am married, a father of three beautiful children, and enjoying life in New England. I work with robotic technologies, teach classes in English literature, and ghostwrite Read More…