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I am a Christian. Although I have an abiding interest in science and philosophy, I view things from a distinctly Christian vantage point, which harmonizes human well-being with what we know of the natural world.

Here's a nice quote I came across:

"The spectacle of the universe seems all the more grand and beautiful and worthy of its Author, when one considers that it is all derived from a small number of laws laid down most wisely." -Maupertuis, 1746


Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Feb
22
asked Does a neuron ever generate an action potential without stimuli?
Feb
20
revised Aren't current explanations for the evolution of human cooperation a little too reductionist?
changed "altruism" to "cooperation"
Feb
20
awarded  Editor
Feb
20
revised Aren't current explanations for the evolution of human cooperation a little too reductionist?
added the word "human"
Feb
19
comment Aren't current explanations for the evolution of human cooperation a little too reductionist?
Sorry, I should have been more specific that I meant human altruism.
Feb
19
asked Aren't current explanations for the evolution of human cooperation a little too reductionist?
Feb
15
comment Evolution, self organization and neuroscience
@ArtemKaznatcheev: Thanks, that was quite an interesting video. However, I do think he's throwing the baby out with the bathwater. He's taking the so-called "bugs" in perception as evidence that perception is completely flawed. But, he does raise some interesting philosophical points about the truthfulness of perception, which is relevant to my question. (In general, I think throwing out conventional wisdom in favor of a computer simulation of evolution is dangerous).
Feb
15
comment What is the current consensus, if any, about why long term potentiation is not clearly correlated with learning?
I meant the strengthening of synapses. Some studies show that when synapses strengthen the learning is better, while others show that when they weaken, it is better. (There was no more detail given, but the professor just mentioned that it is an area that is controversial).
Feb
15
asked What is the current consensus, if any, about why long term potentiation is not clearly correlated with learning?
Feb
14
comment Evolution, self organization and neuroscience
@Remi.b: My assumption, stated more simply, is a sort of "maximum efficiency hypothesis". That is, that evolution assumes the environment to be a certain way, and codes this into the developmental program, and therefore implicit in the developmental program are certain invariant features of the world, which the program uses to develop the brain fully. I think my question is more about developmental biology than it is about evolution.
Feb
14
asked Evolution, self organization and neuroscience
Feb
12
asked Does neuroeconomics study the brain or study economics?
Dec
10
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
20
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
This is a complicated topic. Basically, we differ on what can be known. Knowledge of God more properly falls into "personal knowledge", like knowledge of a particular person. You're quite right to demand a certain level of "proof"(proof, i.e. 100% certainty, only exists in mathematics), and for that I'd recommend Vishal Mangalwadi's "The Book that Made Your World". But to go from mere propositions about God to a personal understanding takes faith.
Nov
19
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
@Nico: I am aware of this. I was primarily interested in the philosophical underpinnings of the naturalistic worldview -- i.e. why certain scientists dismiss God from their personal worldview based on the science. (I initially wanted to post this in philosophy but I wanted a good answer to my question from the biology).
Nov
19
asked Why is there such an argument about evolution?
Mar
15
awarded  Yearling
Feb
1
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
5
accepted How is evolution possible in contemporary humans?