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Science Fact & Spiritual Fact = Truth (Part 1)

Joan Winifred never giving up! science & spirituality

i heard an awesome “sermon” better known as spiritually encouraging talk…1 point made: “truth” is a system of beliefs based on facts or “truth” is a body of real events and proven facts.

Credulity and genuine faith are not the same. Actual faith is built over time and is based on clear EVIDENCE!

(Science fiction is not science fact.)

Excerpts from an interesting NPR article: Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings,

 The pressure to publish original research can mean scientists are neglecting to verify the work of others. In its current issue, the journal Social Psychology is trying a different approach.

Steven INSKEEP: Okay. So what’s wrong with a pressure to publish particular findings as you discover them?

VEDANTAM: Well, the problem is that the incentives in science today are all about breaking new ground, and there’s much less incentive to making sure that the ground you’re standing on is actually solid. Most people think about science as being about breakthroughs, but science really is about the gradual accumulation of knowledge and retesting what we think we know.

BRIAN NOSEK: The issues are pervasive in every science. Scientists are rewarded for publication over accuracy. There isn’t a culture of replication across most disciplines. We’re not rewarded for redoing what someone else does. The main reward is for doing something novel. (Psychologist Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia.)

VEDANTAM: It can make or break your career, and so especially if you’re a young researcher the pressure to come up with a publication is extraordinary. Now, Nosek is the editor of a journal called Social Psychology and this is a field where some recent results have been called into question. And the way that journals typically work is the scientist does a study, writes it up, sends it to the journal, journal sends out the study to peer reviewers who review the study.

And if they give the okay, the journal considers it for publication. Nosek thinks this model creates perverse incentives, because if a study confirms an older result, the journals tend to say, well, we knew that already, it’s not a novel finding and they’re less inclined to publish it. Now, if the replication contradicts an earlier finding, where the journal sends out the study to the peer reviewers, some of the peer reviewers might have been the researchers who conducted the original study and they can now find ways to shoot down the study and reject the study and say we shouldn’t be publishing it anyway.

And so what this does is it creates a disincentive for researchers to conduct replications at all.


You know, a tendency, Steve, when we hear scientific results is to draw simplistic conclusions. Look, we have a breakthrough. Look, the breakthrough has been debunked. To me, what the replications are doing is open up questions we actually hadn’t considered. In this case the fact the replication failed in Northern California but worked in the Deep South raises questions. Is the effect due to demographics? Is it because of geography? Is it something else?

And now we are forced to be curious rather than judgmental.

INSKEEP: I guess this is a reminder that you need to keep an open mind and how subtly you can close your mind without realizing it.

VEDANTAM: And in many ways, Steve, that’s the point of science, to recognize that beneath what we think we know there are layers and nuances that are waiting to be discovered.

Hope is also about keeping an open mind…hope and/or truth…it’s layered/nuanced…like gems waiting to be discovered.

“The Bible acknowledges that life is “filled with trouble.” (Job 14:1) Today, everyone is touched by tragedy of one sort or another some people feel utterly hopeless about life, as if there were no light on the horizon, no prospect for a better future. Is that how you feel? If so, be assured that the Bible offers genuine hope—not just for you but for all humankind.” ~Why Go On? Because there is Hope!

Having a clear picture in our mind of our future reward helps us to endure, to have joy, and to make decisions. “If we hope for what we do not see, we keep eagerly waiting for it with endurance.” (Romans 8:25)~Imitate the faith of Moses

Dawn & Dusk…transitory…both bring/give HOPE of ?

Just because i may be experiencing (either) dawn or dusk (a transitory state…and/or transitioning aka the learning process)…doesn’t mean light and/or dark do not exist. At some point in time…through endurance i will reach…light.

Once hope is realized, it is no longer called “hope.”

(Hope exists…it’s not mere wishful thinking.)

Just like science fact & spiritual fact exists…

SOLID ground means trust/faith…actual legs to stand tall on!

(to be continued)


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