Category Archives: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives

Organisms in their niche: passive modeling clay or problem-solving entities?

One person’s cultural background can bias their view about people from other cultures…even before they have ever met. Could people also have a bias about how they think about other creatures? It may even be possible that scientific culture could … Continue reading

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The Great Search

The Geoscience Research Institute is located on the campus of Loma Linda University Health, an institution of higher learning that keeps Christian service at the core of its mission. In this post, we asked Dr. Richard Hart, the President of … Continue reading

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Questions: their role in discovery

  When we are seeking answers, it matters a great deal what questions we ask. That seems obvious, but asking the right questions does not always happen automatically. And one of the important questions is “can I expect to know … Continue reading

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Coping with Difficult, Unanswered, and Unanswerable Questions

Difficult, unanswered, and unanswerable questions are often catalysts for paradigm shifts in technology, medicine, and in personal and community value systems. Challenging questions important to Christian value systems are often about origins, evolution, pain and suffering, age of the earth, … Continue reading

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Alpine ophiolites: Remnants of a lost ocean

In 1813, French geologist Alexandre Brongniart published a paper on the mineralogical classification of rocks[1] where he introduced the new name “ophiolite” for a suite of dark rocks rich in the mineral serpentine. The name was coined from the Greek … Continue reading

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What Is Biology? Part 4 of 4

How Life is Defined: There is no simple clear definition of what life is. This is appropriate as life is a wonderful, complex, beautiful, enigmatic phenomenon that defies any effort to over-simplify it. Still, most people have no difficulty recognizing … Continue reading

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What Is Biology? Part 3 of 4

The Scientific Method All scientific endeavors begin with a question. The questions we ask are typically influenced by our worldview. For example, a Darwinist may ask, “How did the appendix evolve?” While a Bible-believer might ask, “What was the appendix … Continue reading

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