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The Actual, Nuanced Story of Galileo Galilei

The Galileo myth posits that the great astronomer’s story illustrates the near-inevitable conflict between science and religion — or “faith and fact.” As science historian Michael Keas explains, the story is actually more complicated, nuanced, and interesting than the myth would have it. In Unbelievable, Professor Keas explores seven myths about the history of science and faith. It’s a great read. Read More ›

Artist’s impression of exoplanet orbiting two stars
This artist’s impression shows a gas giant planet circling the two red dwarf stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8 000 light-years away. The planet — with a mass similar to Saturn — orbits the two stars at a distance of roughly 480 million kilometres. The two red dwarf stars are a mere 11 million kilometres apart. The artist's impression is based on observations made with Hubble that helped astronomers confirm the existence of a planet orbiting The two stars in the system. The system is too far away for Hubble to take an image of the planet. Instead, its presence was inferred from gravitational microlensing. This phenomenon occurs when the gravity of a foreground star bends and amplifies the light of a background star that momentarily aligns with it. The particular character of the light magnification can reveal clues to the nature of the foreground star and any associated planets. The Hubble observations represent the first time such a three-body system has been confirmed using the gravitational microlensing technique.
An exoplanet (artist’s rendering), by ESA/Hubble [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Exoplanets and the Fermi Paradox

We are living during a golden age of discovery in astronomy. Arguably, it began with the dawning of the space age in 1957. By 1989 our probes had visited every planet in the Solar System (in 2015 New Horizons visited the former planet Pluto). Then, in 1995 we discovered the first planet around another star (an exoplanet). Read More ›
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Origin – Trailer

This long awaited sequel to Unlocking the Mystery of Life explores one of the most important and challenging questions faced by science: How did life on Earth begin? Origin effectively confronts scientific materialism and the belief that life is the product of undirected processes, matter and energy. Instead, the origin of the first life is best explained by intelligent design Read More ›

True U: Featuring Dr. Stephen Meyer on Intelligent Design, Cosmology and the Origin of the Universe

Is there evidence for a designed universe? consider:
1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause that is beyond itself.
2. The universe began to exist.
3. Therefore, the universe has a cause that is beyond itself.
Are you ready for these three steps and what is found beyond? Read More ›

Did Physics Kill God?

Stephen Hawking declared that our understanding of physics proves God did not create the universe. Is he right? Stephen Hawking holds the chair of mathematics at Cambridge University once held by Sir Isaac Newton. So when he declared that our understanding of physics shows that God did not create the universe, it was bound to get attention. Summarizing the thesis Read More ›

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What Is the Science Behind Intelligent Design?

Intelligent design (ID) is a scientific theory that employs the methods commonly used by other historical sciences to conclude that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. ID theorists argue that design can be inferred by studying the informational properties of natural objects Read More ›

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View of the stars at night
Photo by Clint McKoy on Unsplash

Is There Merit for ID in Cosmology, Physics, and Astronomy?

Although much of the public controversy over intelligent design has centered on biology and Darwinian evolution, the evidence for intelligent design goes far beyond biology. There’s especially intriguing evidence of design in cosmology, physics, and astronomy. To say that ID has merit in cosmology and physics, I mean that there is positive evidence for ID in those parts of nature Read More ›

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Abstract blurred nature background dandelion seeds parachute. Abstract nature bokeh pattern

Introduction to The Privileged Planet

Even more mysterious than the fact that our location is so congenial to diverse measurement and discovery is that these same conditions appear to correlate with habitability. We don't think this is merely coincidental. It cries out for another explanation, an explanation that suggests there's more to the cosmos than we have been willing to entertain or even imagine. Read More ›

Are We Alone In the Universe?

Is the truth out there— somewhere? Speculation about these big questions made the X-Files a cultural phenomenon. Trying to answer them using real science has made the career of Cuban-born astronomer Guillermo González colorful and controversial. A research professor of astronomy at Iowa State University, González is a leader in the new and burgeoning field of astrobiology—the “highly interdisciplinary study,” he explains, “of life in the universe: its origin, distribution, and destiny.” Read More ›