A Sense of Awe: science, faith and wonder

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December 2, 2016 0

Creativity, imagination, beauty, wonder, and awe in science

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In this post on her blog, Ruth Bancewicz talks about the place of the intangibles in doing science: creativity, imagination, beauty, wonder, and awe.

February 4, 2016 0

Wonder and worship: Beauty in science

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  “Last week saw the opening of my first ever science-faith gallery exhibition. The space is a white-walled corner of my church, set aside for creative members of the congregation to display their handiwork. The pictures were all provided by members of the church who are scientists and engineers. Our aim is to showcase some […]

May 16, 2015 0

The power of awe

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From the John Templeton Foundation: Philosopher Immanuel Kant famously remarked that two things filled him with awe and wonder: “the starry heaven above me and the moral law within me.” While some will understand this meaning, the nature of awe remains something of a mystery to most. “The field of emotion research is almost silent with […]

February 18, 2015 0

Noise pollution is making us oblivious to the sound of nature

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See here at The Guardian.  

April 18, 2014 0

Earth 2.0?

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NASA announces the discovery of the first earth sized planet in the ‘habitable zone’ of a star. Now ask yourself, why do we find that interesting? For the same reason it would be interesting if we bumped into a fellow countrywoman/man in the backblocks of a distant country? Or because it provides evidence that there […]

August 8, 2013 0

Be awed by the scale of the universe

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This site opens your eyes to the very small and the very large. Interestingly, human beings are right about the middle of the scale of the universe. It’s here.

July 26, 2013 0

The heavens declare the glory of God

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Look back in time 13.2 billion years. This is the XDF: a 23 day exposure photo into the depths of time and space. And below is a photo taken last week as the Cassini space probe looks back towards Earth through the rings of Saturn. On the right is a zoom in on the earth […]

June 15, 2013 0

Beauty as knowledge of God—David Bentley Hart

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David Bentley Hart is a prominent Eastern Orthodox theologian. In this video he talks about being, consciousness and bliss, and beauty as the knowledge of God.

May 7, 2013 0

Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty

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This 15 minute TED talk is by Denis Dutton, philosopher of aesthetics. With the help of fascinating ‘live’ illustrations he says that beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder but that humans are hard-wired by evolution to seek beauty. His is clearly a naturalistic explanation that does not consider religious or transcendent […]

April 4, 2013 0

Taking the multiverse seriously

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I find the idea of the multiverse difficult to swallow. The what? The idea that there are billions of parallel universes like our own (only different!) seems a faith step to me (which is not a comment on whether it should be believed). But apparently the Everett interpretation of quantum theory says just that. (QT […]

March 27, 2013 0

Sublime beauty of the northern lights

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This footage of the northern lights was filmed on 17 March near Gullfoss and Skaftafell in Iceland with multiple DSLR cameras. The northern lights, or aurora borealis, is one of the most sublime and magnificent natural phenomena on Earth. The glow is caused by high-energy electrons colliding with oxygen atoms and nitrogen molecules. Here’s the […]

March 19, 2013 0

Thomas Nagel, philosopher heretic

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“The world is an astonishing place,” says Thomas Nagel, atheist and significant 20th century philosopher. “That it has produced you, and me, and the rest of us is the most astonishing thing about it.” Nagel is the author of a much talked about book called Mind and Cosmos. Why much talked about? Because Nagel is […]

December 5, 2011 0

Closing shop and seeking awe in Tasmania

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You may remember that Nancey Murphy tried to convince Denis Alexander that Gothic cathedrals are more awesome than the wonders of nature. But I’m on Denis’s side. In fact, so much so that I’m heading off this week with four sons to brave the wilderness of Southwest Tasmania. For those in the know: we aim […]

November 25, 2011 0

Einstein’s mysterious religion

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The writings of Albert Einstein, the 20th century’s best known and perhaps greatest scientist, are a treasure trove for quotable quotes. He has been used by the religious, by atheists and by philosophers of science of all stripes, as an ally in their various causes. But however one defines his religious views, there is little […]

November 16, 2011 0

Earth

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The heavens declare the glory of God, said the Psalmist. We are alone in the meaningless immensity of the universe, said the Nobel winning biologist Jacques Monod. And mathematician John Lennox says at the end of the recent Encounter program: I’ve got a telescope in my garden and one of the things I love to […]

November 10, 2011 2

Plumbing Heideggerian mysteries

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In my non-ABC life I am currently thinking about the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. He’s a thinker who wants to challenge the history of Western thinking in its naive belief that we can simply take hold of reality and describe it as it is. In doing so we eliminate the mystery of ‘Being’ and we […]

November 6, 2011 22

Let the conversation begin (anew)…

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This morning “A Sense of Awe” (the radio program) went to air at the (ungodly?) hour of 7am Sunday morning. We hope a vigorous conversation will ensue; this site is the place to contribute. Please get involved by leaving your comments here. If you haven’t heard the program, you can find times of further broadcasts […]

November 5, 2011 3

Awe in the Landscape – Painting Milford Sound

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Sarah Tomasetti is a Melbourne landscape artist and kindly agreed to write a piece for A Sense of Awe about her experiences. Sarah gained a professional qualification in fresco painting in Italy in 1995. Her work is held in a number of collections including Artbank, Macquarie Bank, National Australia Bank, BHP, Grafton Regional Gallery and in […]

October 28, 2011 3

From interview to air: WAV files and unacceptable vocal habits

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Making a radio program is not as simple as doing an interview and sending it into the airwaves. Let me share some secrets… You wouldn’t believe the torrent of unacceptable vocal habits that pollutes the audio landscape. Unless of course you’ve had the joy of editing a WAV file. This past week I’ve spent lots […]

October 20, 2011 0

Awe inspiring audio

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Four audio files associated with A Sense of Awe are now available to download and listen to. The first three (in highly edited form) will contribute to the radio program that goes to air on November 6. The files are: 1. The full interview with John Lennox is available here (9Mb 18min). Transcript available here. […]