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Of Making Many Books

By Jim Virkler | February 17, 2022

Human writing skills have proliferated in the past several thousand years. The Book of Ecclesiastes, attributed to The Preacher, probably Solomon, makes a notable comment about book writing even in…

Universal Purpose

By Jim Virkler | February 2, 2022

A query to all residents of Planet Earth: Why are we here? Did God have a purpose for creating humanity? If we ask residents about the purpose for their existence, would most people link…

Cause and Effect Research

By Jim Virkler | January 21, 2022

A treasured area of my personal bookcase contains over two dozen special science volumes. The authors are a group of scientists from the Christian organization Reasons to Believe. Each RTBscientist voices strong…

Causes and Effects

By Jim Virkler | January 9, 2022

Science is basically a study of causes and their effects: In simplest terms one event or action is the direct result of a previous event or action. Scientists must insure…

Telescopic vs. Naked Eye Astronomy

By Jim Virkler | December 25, 2021

Astronomy purists discuss the merits of telescopic vs naked eye astronomy. There is really no argument. Each observational method has its own advantages. As a science instructor in public school,…

Covid: “A Thorn in the Flesh”

By Jim Virkler | November 30, 2021

Memo to our faithful readers: In September we were suddenly struck by the Covid 19 virus.  This is our first blog entry since the virus struck. We are thankful for…

Is Behavior Genetically Hardwired?

By Jim Virkler | September 15, 2021

 In our last post we used the expressions “It’s in my genes” and “It’s in my DNA.” These popular conversational utterances indicate there is a cause and effect relationship between…

Contemplating Genetic Variability

By Jim Virkler | September 1, 2021

 Our previous post highlighted a unique animal—the eastern cicada killer wasp (phylum Arthropoda, order Hymenoptera, species Sphecius Speciosus). The post related some details of a recent family experience when our grandchildren encountered one of these wasps…

“Bugged” by Cicada Killers?

By Jim Virkler | August 23, 2021

 One source of joy and fascination for grandparents consists of sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with grandchildren. Knowledge and enthusiasm take diverse forms. Likewise, the abilities and interests of our…

The Matter of Energy (or the Energy of Matter)

By Jim Virkler | August 4, 2021

The topic of energy may not inspire lofty, poetic thoughts, except perhaps, to a professional scientist. It may fascinate a home buyer. What are its heating and air-conditioning energy costs, for example? Alternatively, the…

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