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What’s at Stake for Teaching in the Religion and Science Encounter?. Overcoming simplistic ideas in both spheres - naïve religion and naïve science. Yale Paleontologist John Ostrom discussing evolution with a fundamentalist audience:.

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what s at stake for teaching in the religion and science encounter
What’s at Stake for Teachingin the Religion and Science Encounter?

Overcoming simplistic ideas in both spheres -

naïve religion and naïve science

yale paleontologist john ostrom discussing evolution with a fundamentalist audience
Yale PaleontologistJohn Ostromdiscussing evolution with a fundamentalist audience:

Isn’t it wonderful that God can create in a way that we can understand!

how do you know
How do you know?

John McBride (age 3)

how do you know1
How do youknow?

John McBride (age 34)

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Do not suppose that I was a very deep thinker, or was marked as a precocious person. I was a very lively imaginative person, and could believe in the "Arabian Nights" as easily as in the "Encyclopaedia." But facts were important to me, and saved me. I could trust a fact, and always cross-examined an assertion.

Michael Faraday, 1858

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Why cite Feynman?

No.

Because he deserves credit for saying something that is true and saying it very well .

Richard Feynman(to National Science Teachers Assn 1966)

Learn from science that you must doubt the experts…Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.

When someone says science teaches such and such, he is using the word incorrectly. Science doesn't teach it; experience teaches it.

Because he is an expert?

If they say to you science has shown such and such, you might ask, "How does science show it - how did the scientists find out - how, what, where?"

Not science has shown, but this experiment, this effect has shown.

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OCCULT CHEMISTRYA SERIES OFClairvoyant Observations on theChemical ElementsBYANNIE BESANT, P.T.S.ANDCHARLES W. LEADBEATERReprinted from the Theosophist.THEOSOPHIST OFFICE, ADYAR, MADRAS, S.THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING SOCIETY, LONDON AND BENARES CITY.

1909 (105 pp.)

1919 (123 pp.)

1951 (400 pp.)

the occult chemists 1895 1932
The Occult Chemists (1895-1932)

"Bishop"

Charles Webster

LEADBEATER

(1847 - 1932)

Mrs. Annie

BESANT

P.T.S.

(1847-1933)

Curuppumullage

JINARAJADASA

P.T.S.

(~1877-1953)

h o n 1895
H O N(1895)

18 290 261

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Tattvartha Sutra, Umaswami (135-219 A.D.)Chapter V

Anavah skandhashcha

"anu and skandha"

. 25 .

Anu

These 42 Aphorisms have inspired more than 100 Commentaries

"Matter exists in the form of indivisible elementary particles

and their combinations" J. L. Jaini (1920)

"(Matter has 2 chief forms:) atom and molecule." G. R. Jain (1942)

g r jain s 1942 commentary forces chemistry into the procrustean bed of tattvartha sutra chapter v

Bheda sanghátebhya utpadyante . 26 .

"They are formed by division, association, both"

"We quote the following from an article ' The Structure of Molecules' by A.J. Mee, M.A., B.Sc., 'Science Progress' (London), April 1935:-

'… there are three methods of linking atoms. The linkage may be electrovalent, co-valent or co-ordinate …

Molecules with an electrovalent linkage are ionised even in the solid state'

Why does Jain cite Mee and his degrees?

G. R. Jain's 1942 Commentary Forces Chemistry intothe Procrustean Bed of Tattvartha Sutra Chapter V

(a) to give appropriate credit for this idea?

(b) to provide a reference to the source of this idea?

(c) to invoke authority

g r jain s 1942 commentary forces chemistry into the procrustean bed of tattvartha sutra chapter v1

Bheda sanghátebhya utpadyante . 26 .

"They are formed by division, association, both"

"We quote the following from an article ' The Structure of Molecules' by A.J. Mee, M.A., B.Sc., 'Science Progress' (London), April 1935:-

'… there are three methods of linking atoms. The linkage may be electrovalent, co-valent or co-ordinate …

Molecules with an electrovalent linkage are ionised even in the solid state'

G. R. Jain's 1942 Commentary Forces Chemistry intothe Procrustean Bed of Tattvartha Sutra Chapter V

"in organic compounds [the] atoms attain stability by a process of sharing electrons.

"the co-ordinate linkage involves the sharing of two electrons but both are supplied by the same atom. The process .. resembles both transference and sharing.

"Therefore the three modern processes are transference, sharing and combined transference and sharing. The comparison is striking indeed!"

occult atoms

Neon

360

Iron

1008

Helium

72

5d

orbital

Lithium

127

Occult Atoms
account of c jinarajadasa occult chemistry 3 rd ed p 3
Account of C. JinarajadasaOccult Chemistry,3rd Ed, p. 3

C. W. Leadbeater and I went to Dresden

and I showed him the minerals I had noted.

He examined them quickly and obtained

a picture of the complex configuration of the mineral ...

After returning to Weisser-Hirsch, he was able at leisure

to evoke by clairvoyance the picture he had seen at Dresden.

As each element was mapped and drawn the rough diagram of it

was passed on to me, to draw carefully the essential parts

of the element, to count the units in it, divide by 18,

and to see how near our weights came ...

theodore besterman in mrs annie besant a modern prophet 1934
Theodore Besterman inMrs. Annie Besant, a Modern Prophet (1934)

"the various episodes in the picaresque romance of Theosophy are often so plainly ludicrous that long before one comes to the climax one finds it hardly possible to summon up any moral indignation at the spectacle of such wholesale folly and deception."

sir william crookes frs fts 1832 1919
Sir William CrookesFRS, FTS (1832-1919)

Supplied Li, Cr, Se, Ti, V, B, Be

to Leadbeater and Besant (1907)

1861 - discovered Thallium

developed Cathode Ray Tube

invented Crookes Radiometer

1913-1916 - President of the Royal Society

1898 - President

British Assn. for the Advancement of Science

and

The Society for Psychical Research

"[Telepathic research] does not yet

enlist the interest of the majority

of my scientific brethren."

sir oliver lodge 1851 1940

Veterinary X-ray (1898)

Sir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940)

Wireless Telegraph (1894)

Medical X-ray (1896)

Principal: Birmingham University

President: British Association for the Advancement of Science

Society for Psychical Research

sir oliver lodge 1851 19401

Communicated

Dec. 1915

through medium

Gladys Osborne Leonard

Sir Oliver Lodge (1851-1940)

Wireless Telegraph (1894)

Medical X-ray (1896)

Raymond Lodge

† France, Sept. 1915

Principal: Birmingham University

President: British Association for the Advancement of Science

Society for Psychical Research

p rinceton e ngineering a nomalies r esearch1
Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research

http://www.princeton.edu/~pear/

the search for patterns and explanations is an irresistible and admirable trait of the human mind
The search for patterns and explanations is an irresistible, and admirable, trait of the human mind.

The strength and hallmark of science is its willingness to abandon observations that cannot be repeated and ad hoc theories that fail to give clear, verifiable predictions.

Like the erroneous conventional atomic theories, occult chemistry failed these tests.

Unlike conventional science it was founded on deception and gullibility

U

, and it proved sterile.

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Students who are taught not by assertions of teachers or texts but by close analysis of facts and theories develop taste.

Individuals with taste are open to new scientific developments, but unlikely to be taken in by nonsense like occult chemistry.

james clerk maxwell memorial corsock church dumfries
JamesClerk Maxwell Memorial(Corsock Church, Dumfries)

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights…”

James 1:17

albert einstein s humility wonder and awe
Albert Einstein’sHumility, Wonder, and Awe

Raffiniert is der Herr God,

aber hinterlistig ist Er nicht.

The Lord is subtle,

but not deceitful.

Cf. Thomas Torrance “Einstein and God”

http://www.ctinquiry.org/publications/reflections_volume_1/torrance.htm

the principles of light and color
THEPRINCIPLESOFLIGHT AND COLOR:

INCLUDING AMONG OTHER THINGS

THE HARMONIC LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE, THE

ETHERIO-ATOMIC PHILOSOPHY OF FORCE,

CHROMO CHEMISTRY, CHROMO THERA-

PEUTICS, AND THE GENERAL PHIL-

OSOPHY OF THE FINE FORCES,

TOGETHER WITH NUMER-

OUS DISCOVERIES AND

PRACTICAL APPLI-CATIONS

BY EDWIN D. BABBITT.

Edwin D. Babbitt(1828-1905)

NEW YORK:

B A B B I T T & C O.,

SCIENCE HALL, 141 EIGHTH STREET

1878.

babbitt s atom 1878
Babbitt's Atom (1878)

"if the stove pipe run through the centre of the single atom be removed, the picture may be taken as correct, and will give some idea of the complexity of this fundamental unit of the physical universe."

Besant & Leadbeater (1895)