The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #132: Physics

General Introduction  science-against-obscurantism-1920
– Our special guest
– Listener feedback
– I dream of The Christian Humanist Podcast
– C.S. Lewis and universalism
– In which we explain pop culture to David Grubbs
– Tolkien and Ransom
– Anti-vaccination and the Internet
– Bible episodes

Aristotelian Physics
Phusis and natura
– From dirt to gods
– The study of motion and substance
– The meanings of causality
– Teleology and perfection
– Physics vs. metaphysics
– The supposed-tos

Medieval Physics
– David punts to C.S. Lewis
– The love that moves the sun and stars
– Love vs. laws
– Ptolemaic persistence
– But can you run a cell phone on it?

The Romantic War on Science
– A very Grubbsian move from Todd
– The child of time
– The vulture of science
– Where Poe has a point
– Over-mechanization
– The enchantment and disenchantment of science
– Where art kills, too
– It feels so good to get stoned

Modern Physics
– Radioactive decay
– The theory of relativity
– Space-time curvature
– Quantum mechanics
– Quantum metaphysics

The Lay Response
– What’s the truth here?
– In which David feels stupid
– Keep your shirt on
– Always already in the mystery
– Don’t be paralyzed

Science and Humanities
– Luther’s Paideia program
– Modeling action for students

Our music today is “Why Does the Sun Shine?” by Tom Glazer—at Todd Pedlar’s suggestion.

1 thought on “The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #132: Physics

  1. Well, first, I have to say that Todd did a great job here (and the rest of you weren’t too bad either ;)).  I just wish I was as well-spoken as he was in this episode.  I’m really looking forward to conversing with him on the BoN podcast.

    Second, (and again, from what little I know of Aristotle), I have to agree with Michial’s biochemist friend about his legacy. That is, not that there was a problem with Aristotle as much as the over-commitment to his system of thought by centuries of natural philosophers and scientists.  To be fair though, this is something of a recurring theme in science (though usually on a smaller scale).

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