August 31, 2014

Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to Birth — Visualized

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Tell me this is not a miracle, and I'll respond that your vision is truncated. From the filmmaker: The mathematical complexity of how these things are done [the rapid development of the child in the womb] are beyond human comprehension, and even though I am a mathematician I look at this with a marvel; how did these instruction sets not make mistakes as they build what is us? It's a mystery, it's magic, it's divinity. … [Read more...]

Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to Birth — Visualized [VIDEO]

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Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. (Some graphic images.) TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Alexander Tsiaras is president and CEO of Anatomical Travelogue, Inc. and has more than 20 years of experience in the worlds of medicine, research and art. Much of the work for his book, “From Conception to Birth: a Life Unfolds,” was done in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, the National Museum of Health and Medicine of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and the New York University School of Medicine. Tsiaras is a regular keynote speaker at medical conventions worldwide, including the Visible Human Conference sponsored by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, and by Medicine Meets … [Read more...]

Humility, Prudence, and Earth Day

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Source: Acton Institute | John Couretas At a World Council of Churches conference last year on the French-Swiss border, much was made of the “likelihood of mass population displacement” driven by climate change and the mass migration of people fleeing zones inundated by rising seas. While the WCC acknowledged that “there are no solid estimates” about the likely numbers of what it called climate refugees, that didn’t stop assembled experts from throwing out some guesses: 20 million, hundreds of millions, or 1 billion people. The WCC bemoaned the fact that international bodies looking at the impending climate refugee crisis were not taking it seriously and, despite its own admission that the numbers of refugees were impossible to predict, called on these same international bodies to “put forward a credible alternative.” The WCC did a thought experiment on the problem: What kind of adaptation is relevant to migration? Sea walls? Cities … [Read more...]

D’Souza: Debunking the Galileo Myth

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Source: Townhall.com | Dinesh D'Souza Many people have uncritically accepted the idea that there is a longstanding war between science and religion. We find this war advertised in many of the leading atheist tracts such as those by Richard Dawkins, Victor Stenger, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. Every few months one of the leading newsweeklies does a story on this subject. Little do the peddlers of this paradigm realize that they are victims of nineteenth-century atheist propaganda. About a hundred years ago, two anti-religious bigots named John William Draper and Andrew Dickson White wrote books promoting the idea of an irreconcilable conflict between science and God. The books were full of facts that have now been totally discredited by scholars. But the myths produced by Draper and Dickson continue to be recycled. They are believed by many who consider themselves educated, and they even find their way into the textbooks. In this article I expose several of these myths, … [Read more...]

The Greek Doctor Who Exposes Bad Science

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Source: The National Herald Don’t tell Professor John Ioannidis – formerly of the University of Ioannina in Greece and now at Stanford in California – that he’s a hero to science deniers because he exposes faulty research among his peers and in his field: which still haven’t kept him from earning the praise of his colleagues and renowned as one of the greatest scientists in the world. “I definitely want nothing to do with science deniers … I don’t think science would be harmed by its ability or desire to check facts or improve on these facts,” he said in a radio interview. “Science is a noble endeavor, but it’s also a low-yield endeavor,” he says. “I’m not sure that more than a very small percentage of medical research is ever likely to lead to major improvements in clinical outcomes and quality of life. We should be very comfortable with that fact.” … [Read more...]