Science. It Works. #7

Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers' Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, research suggests. This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of pre-clinical research to build upon. From his lab at the University of …

Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?

Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor? by Eric Jonas & Konrad Paul Kording Abstract There is a popular belief in neuroscience that we are primarily data limited, and that producing large, multimodal, and complex datasets will, with the help of advanced data analysis algorithms, lead to fundamental insights into the way the brain processes information. …

Book Recommendation: Medical Miracles

Back in September I linked to an article by an atheist doctor, Jacalyn Duffin, who confirmed a healing deemed miraculous by the Vatican. In the article she says she investigated over 1,400 miracle investigations by the Roman Catholic Church conducted between 1588 and 1999. For Christmas I received her Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing …

The Perils of Assisted Reproductive Technology #7

Frozen pre-embryos: Life or ‘marital property’? Mo. court decides tough custody case. In the fall of 2005, Jalesia McQueen’s then-husband, Justin Gadberry, was deployed to Iraq as a member of the U.S. Army. The couple had been married just two months, but before he left, they discussed having children and the challenges that might prevent …

Thoughts on the PRRI Religion Survey

The Public Religion Research Institute released Exodus: Why Americans are Leaving Religion--and Why They're Unlikely to Come Back (Questionnaire). It's depressing news for us Christians (6% of the US population was religiously unaffiliated in 1991 and that has grown to 25% in 2016) but it is worth looking at in order to understand what is …

Science. It Works. #6

Bad science misled millions with chronic fatigue syndrome. Here’s how we fought back by Julie Rehmeyer If your doctor diagnoses you with chronic fatigue syndrome, you’ll probably get two pieces of advice: Go to a psychotherapist and get some exercise. Your doctor might tell you that either of those treatments will give you a 60 …

Atheist Doctor Confirms Healing Deemed Miraculous

Here's an interesting article about an atheist doctor who testified about an alleged miraculous healing. The doctor admits she cannot explain the case scientifically. It brings to mind Luke 16:31: "If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead." Pondering Miracles, Medical …