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August 18, 2022 Listen

Join Pat McGuire and Hugh Ross as they discuss the science behind human flourishing, energy, CO2, and food and the theological and philosophical implications.

Genesis 1:28 tells us to subdue the earth and rule over every living thing. How do we balance energy and food needs in light of CO2 emissions? What does the climate change data show? What actions should we take, or not take, to be good stewards of planet Earth? How do these issues point to the reality of God’s existence?

Pat and Hugh discuss these important questions in this episode of Stars, Cells, and God.

References:

“U.S. Inflation Hits Food Staples Hardest,” Katharina Buchholz, https://www.statista.com/chart/26006/cpi-increase-by-item-united-states/

“Empirical Evidence of Declining Global Vulnerability to Climate-Related Hazards,” Giuseppe Formetta and Luc Feyen, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.05.004

“Global Disasters: A Remarkable Story of Science and Policy Success,” Roger Pielke Jr., https://rogerpielkejr.substack.com/p/global-disasters-a-remarkable-story

“US Annual Tornado Death Tolls, 1875-Present,” Harold Brooks, https://inside.nssl.noaa.gov/nsslnews/2009/03/us-annual-tornado-death-tolls-1875-present/

“US Tornado Damage 1950 to 2021,” Roger Pielke Jr., https://rogerpielkejr.substack.com/p/us-tornado-damage-1950-to-2021

“Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis,” https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

“Arctic Sea Ice Decline,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_sea_ice_decline

“Global Troposphere Temperatures,” Roy Spencer, https://www.drroyspencer.com/

“Hooray! Some Scientists Honestly Reporting That Climate Models Run ‘Too Hot’,” Anthony Watts, https://climaterealism.com/2022/05/hooray-some-scientists-honestly-reporting-that-climate-models-run-too-hot/

“Global Warming–So What?,” http://www.globalwarming-sowhat.com/food-impacts-/

“The Countries Reliant on Nuclear Power,” Anna Fleck, https://www.statista.com/chart/22405/nuclear-powers-share-of-total-electricity-generation/

Additional Resource:

Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas—Not Less, Alex Epstein, https://www.amazon.com/Fossil-Future-Flourishing-Requires-Gas-Not/dp/0593420411

August 12, 2022 Listen

Join Jeff Zweerink and Sean Oesch as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, as well as new discoveries that point to the reality of God’s existence.

Whether it’s being used to suggest the next movie you should watch on your favorite streaming network, determine whether a bank should give you a loan, or to steer the self-driving car next to you on the freeway, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a pervasive part of our daily lives. But how do we determine when AI crosses an ethical boundary and invades our privacy, manipulates our opinions, or perpetuates injustice? And how can Christians think ethically about using AI to make disciples of all nations? In this episode, we discuss a way to think ethically about AI and how Christianity can inform AI ethics, and we walk through a case study applying these ethical principles to an AI-driven discipleship app.

References:

“Experts Doubt Ethical AI Design Will Be Broadly Adopted as the Norm within the Next Decade,” https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2021/06/16/experts-doubt-ethical-ai-design-will-be-broadly-adopted-as-the-norm-within-the-next-decade/, by Lee Rainie, Janna Anderson, and Emily A. Vogels, Pew Research Center, June 16, 2021.

“Artificial Intelligence: Discerning a Christian Response,” https://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/2019/PSCF6-19Schuurman.pdf, by Derek C. Schuurman

“Artificial Intelligence: An Evangelical Statement of Principles,” https://erlc.com/resource-library/statements/artificial-intelligence-an-evangelical-statement-of-principles/, by Russell Moore and the ERLC

“FaithTech’s Missional Tech Trends Report on AI,” https://faithtech.com/product/artificial-intelligence/

July 29, 2022 Listen

Join Hugh Ross and Jeff Zweerink as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, as well as new discoveries that point to the reality of God’s existence.

The fine-tuning of the rates, magnitudes, depths, and locations of ocean currents is crucial for the existence of global human civilization. Using chemical tracers, oceanographers are discovering that undersea mountains and ridges play a vital role in governing these currents. To what degree do these initial studies reveal that Earth’s presently existing continents, oceans, and undersea mountains and ridges are fine-tuned to make global, high-technology civilization possible? Do they promise to help us respond well to global warming and to help restore climate stability?

AIs continue to pass increasingly challenging benchmarks related to language translation, image recognition, and even poetry generation. Some of these benchmarks already exceed human capabilities. Are these AIs getting closer to being human, or are they just growing more adept at mimicking human behavior?

In this episode Hugh and Jeff discuss these important topics.

References:

“Undersea Mountains Stir Up Currents Critical to Earth’s Climate,” https://www.science.org/content/article/undersea-mountains-stir-currents-critical-earth-s-climate, Paul Voosen (article)

Additional Resources:

Designed to the Core, (Covina, CA: RTB Press, 2022): chapters 15 and 16, by Hugh Ross

“Taught to the Test: AI Software Clears High Hurdles on IQ Tests but Still Makes Dumb Mistakes. Can Better Benchmarks Help?” https://www.science.org/content/article/computers-ace-iq-tests-still-make-dumb-mistakes-can-different-tests-help, Matthew Hutson (article)

July 29, 2022 Listen

Join Fazale “Fuz” Rana and Jeff Zweerink as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, as well as new discoveries that point to the reality of God’s existence.

Cell membranes are incredibly complex biochemical suprasystems composed of hundreds of different types of lipids. Is there any rhyme or reason to the compositional makeup of cell membranes or do they merely reflect the outworking of historically contingent evolution? In this episode, Fuz Rana discusses a recent study that reveals the rationale for the compositional complexity of cell membranes, highlighting that these systems display an organization and compositional fine-tuning that can be marshaled to make a case for intelligent design.

The standard model of particle physics stands as an incredibly robust model of the universe with great explanatory power. Yet scientists know it is incomplete. New measurements of the W boson mass might provide clues about how to extend the standard model. Will the new measurements hold up under further scrutiny? Will they provide ways to explain dark matter and other holes in the standard model?

In this episode Fuz and Jeff discuss these important topics.

References:

“Membrane Thickness, Lipid Phase and Sterol Type Are Determining Factors in the Permeability of Membranes to Small Solutes,” https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-29272-x Jacopo Frallicciardi, et al. (article)

“High-Precision Measurement of the W Boson Mass with the CDF II Detector,” https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abk1781 CDF Collaboration, T Aaltonen, et al. (article)

Additional Resources:

“Bringing Order to the Case for Intelligent Design, Part 1,”

https://reasons.org/explore/publications/articles/bringing-order-to-the-case-for-intelligent-design-part-1, Fazale Rana (blog)

“Biotic Borders: Cell Membranes under Scrutiny,”

https://reasons.org/explore/publications/facts-for-faith/biotic-borders-cell-membranes-under-scrutiny, Fazale Rana (blog)

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