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/article/cosmic-energy-creative-or-destructive
David F. Coppedge - It is intuitively obvious that to get from a Big Bang to intelligent astronomers looking for evidence of the bang through telescopes, the amount of organization in the universe must have increased over time dramatically. Lately, astronomy has...

Bottom-Up Science - Nov 1, 2009
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David F. Coppedge - Evolutionary philosophy is a bottom-up storytelling project: particles, planets, people. Naturalists (those who say nature is all there is) believe they can invent explanations that are free of miracles, but in practice, miracles pop up everywhere...

/article/laws-nature-natures-lawgiver
David F. Coppedge - What is meant by laws of nature? Presumably it is the business of science to uncover them. Yet few people, and few scientists, ever unpack the term. Many would be surprised to know that there are deep controversies among philosophers about the...

/article/atmospheres-narrow-zone-for-life
David F. Coppedge - One of earth's greatest assets is its life-supporting atmosphere. Only eight other bodies in the solar system are enshrouded in gas to a significant degree.1 Atmospheres can produce dramatic effects: winds, clouds, and precipitation. Since they...

/article/more-than-star-stuff
David F. Coppedge - Carl Sagan famously said "we are all star stuff" in his 1980s TV series Cosmos. The stuff theme stuck. Lawrence Krauss wrote in New Scientist for February's Darwin Bicentennial that we should all "celebrate evolution as only star...

/article/nature-naturalism
David F. Coppedge - The arrogance of anti-creationists stems largely from their pride in offering natural explanations for the world instead of supernatural explanations. No matter how much evidence can be shown for God's action in nature, secular scientists always...

/article/stuff-happens-review-darwins-influence-modern-astr
David F. Coppedge - Darwinism has invaded astronomy at many levels. This underscores the contention that Darwinism is not just a theory about the origin of species--it is an all-encompassing worldview. The most obvious extension of Darwinism into astronomy has been in...

/article/rescuing-ring-ages
David F. Coppedge - The rapture of seeing Saturn's rings in a telescope for the first time has been enough to inspire many young people to become astronomers. Galileo called them a "most extraordinary marvel." In today's age of planetary reconnaissance, we...

/article/message-surprise-effects
David F. Coppedge - "Surprise effect" was a term used by information-theory pioneer Claude Shannon to indicate the presence of information. In a string of symbols, it's not surprising to find randomness or patterns produced by natural law. It is surprising,...

/article/cosmologys-error-bars
David F. Coppedge - It wouldn't make much sense to brag about knowing the diameter of a steering wheel to five decimal places on a car headed the wrong way with an engine about to blow, would it? Neither is it sensible to talk of "precision cosmology" in a...

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