RE: [asa] What causes students to move from faith?

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Sat Sep 09 2006 - 20:22:50 EDT



I already indicated in a previous post that if we observe suns at different stages of their lifetime, then we could surmise the historical development of a particular sun. Of course, that did not stop us from developing nuclear/hydrodynamic models of suns, which was strongly linked to the development of nuclear weapons.


I suppose the same could be said of the history of life on earth if one could make observations of such developments in other planets. Of course, this will not stop scientists from attempting to "create" life in the laboratory, which would be the best guess of how life arises in general.


Parev (Armenian for peace)



From: George Murphy []
Sent: Sat 9/9/2006 7:38 PM
To: Alexanian, Moorad;
Subject: Re: [asa] What causes students to move from faith?

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From: "Alexanian, Moorad" <>
To: "George Murphy" <>; <>
Sent: Saturday, September 09, 2006 5:07 PM
Subject: RE: [asa] What causes students to move from faith?

It may be best to characterize paleontology & astrophysics as observational
sciences that use the results of experimental sciences to make sense of
their observations. Certainly, astronomy is the best example of an
observational science.

Why might this be best? I thought we had agreed that paleontology &
astrophysics could be considered experimental sciences because "Nature" has
provided them with a great number of relevant entities (fossils, stars &c)
under different conditions & thus in a sense "done the experiments" for
them. If this is not the case, can you explain why? If it is the case, can
you explain why your restatement above is preferable.


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