Posts Tagged ‘Science’

Spirit of resistance: why Destiny Church and other New Zealand Pentecostalists oppose lockdowns and vaccination

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Was anyone surprised when New Zealand’s self-made Apostle Brian Tamaki courted controversy and arrest by participating in two anti-lockdown protests in Auckland recently? Or that during one of these events he declared he would rather live in “dangerous freedom than peaceful slavery” and likened the director-general of health to Hitler? This was, after all, the Read more

Vatican Astronomer: I am a Jesuit scientist, I’m all for vaccines, but we have to do more than just ‘follow the science’

Thursday, October 28th, 2021
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In the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the scientific evidence in favour of vaccination is overwhelming. With this in mind, there are many people who see universal vaccination as the only way to bring the pandemic to an end, often invoking the mantra of “follow the science.” As a slogan it would seem to have Read more

Scientists think they have found the brain’s spirituality network

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
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Scientists spent years looking for the ‘God Spot’ in the brain before concluding it didn’t exist. Early candidates like the temporal or parietal lobes never panned out. And differences in how researchers define spirituality has also complicated things, because different areas of the brain light up when we use moral reasoning vs when we experience Read more

We must have the right to be wrong

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

In the Carafa Chapel in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva​ in Rome, there is a statue of the revered Catholic figure St Thomas Aquinas with the Latin inscription, Sapientiam sapientum perdam. The inscription translates as “I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise”. Who were the wise? The wise were scientists and philosophers Read more

Catholic Scientists to hold conference on non-human intelligence

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
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The Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS) will hold its 2021 conference in Washington D.C. on the subject of non-human intelligence. The conference titled “Extraterrestrials, AI, and Minds Beyond the Human” will take place at the Hilton Hotel from June 4-6. The event will also be live-streamed. Conference discussions will provide scientific and theological insights on Read more

Science advisor: less sure of what will happen if we legalise cannabis

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
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Legalising cannabis has the potential to counter systemic racism, see more treatment services and lift poor communities that have become embroiled in the black market, the chief science adviser to the Prime Minister says. But Dr Juliet Gerrard says whether that would come to pass if the country voted to legalise recreational cannabis is unknown. Read more

Look towards science; a good thing

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

It’s not uncommon for science and religion to be framed as two opposing forces. The Catholic church has famously struggled to accommodate scientific research in its past, but recently there has been evidence of a healthier relationship developing. In many ways, Pope Francis has embraced science as a way of learning about the world. Notably, Read more

Hato Pāora College students learn science through the use of Māori legends

Monday, September 16th, 2019
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Massey University’s Pūhoro science, technology, engineering and maths academy a help young Māori minds session for more than 150 teenagers at IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute (IPU) last Friday. Students from Hato Pāora College took part in a programme. The photograph above shows Hato Pāora College students trying to build a hydraulic arm powered by Read more

Time to reignite genetic engineeering debate in New Zealand

Monday, August 6th, 2018

It is time for New Zealand to restart the debate on genetic engineering says the Prime Minister’s former science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman. But the Government says there are no plans to change New Zealand’s cautious approach to genetic engineering, and any changes are many years away. Continue reading Related Posts:New Zealand church leader says Read more

18th-Century woman who loved calculus and God

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Maria Gaetana Agnesi was an 18th-century mathematician who became the first woman to write a major calculus textbook. In 1739, she told her father she wanted to become a nun. He balked, but agreed to let her spend more time studying mathematics and theology. Agnesi never entered a convent, but she also never married or Read more