Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Science and the Baha'i Faith

In reader mail, one correspondent asks "how Baha'is think religion and science are compatible? What is the Baha'i conception of science?" This reader cited the Wikipedia article -- "Baha'i Faith and Science", which is a good introduction to the subject. It provides much detail beginning with
A fundamental principle of the Bahá'í Faith is the harmony of religion and science. Bahá'í scripture asserts that true science and true religion can never be in conflict. `Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of the founder of the religion, stated that religion without science leads to superstition and that science without religion leads to materialism. He also admonished that true religion must conform to the conclusions of science.
The reader was specifically concerned if the Baha'i writings about human evolution imply a "creationist" as opposed to a strictly Darwinian theory. In my opinion, this is a pseudo issue, not a real dichotomy from either scientific or religious viewpoints. Major results are (1) 'Abdu'l-Baha's statements about human evolution are not necessarily inconsistent with concepts in contemporary biological research and (2) the principle of the harmony of science and religion provides for update of Baha'i scripture on science topics.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Making Straight A's

Making straight A's is a do-it-yourself project for students from high school through college and into post-graduate programs. The proven method presented generally can raise grade point averages by about two points -- e.g., from D to B, from C to A and from B to best in class (arrows in Fig. 1).

Fig. 1: Class Grade Distribution

This article describes the method for making all A's, starting with motivational factors and simple learning principles, which suggested the successful 1964 prototype used by the author at the University of Chicago (me in Fig. 1) and finally, the more recent, stream-lined recipe for straight A's.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Build a Central Bank in Your Kitchen

Do-it-yourself projects can save a lot of money. By this criterion, building your own central bank (CB) is the ultimate money saver, regardless of your skill set, with readily available ingredients in your own home. Key concepts of money presented previously in Independent articles are summarized, providing background and step-by-step instructions to build your own CB. Fig. 1 lists some CB attributes and indicates that CBs come in two types: evil and good.

Fig. 1: Central Bank Types