Online Tutoring through STEM Tutorials

I wrote a series awhile back on Web 2.0 tools for education, and I would like to add to that series by introducing a new project that incorporates technology to facilitate learning. I have started my own private online STEM tutoring website to provide help for students in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Through the use of a virtual classroom environment and an online whiteboard I conduct tutoring sessions without the added hassle of travel. The students gain by not having to clean their room or offer me something to drink while I'm there, and I find that I can teach more effectively by incorporating a greater variety of online tools into the lesson, such as videos, virtual labs, and PDF worksheets with sample problems.

It is still a work in progress, and I eventually hope to team up with other teachers to provide a more comprehensive coverage of all STEM subjects. I welcome you to take a look!

STEM Tutorials
Online Interactive Tutoring for a Variety of STEM Disciplines

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New Domain for Mere Creation

I have moved the Mere Creation website to a new domain that should provide faster access and greater stability. A completely new redesign of the website is still in progress (albeit at a glacial pace). The discussion forum is running well, however. For reasonable and respectful discussion at the intersection of Science and Theology, please visit the Mere Creation discussion forum at:

http://discuss.merecreation.org/

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Common Ground on Stem Cell Research

The following is a position statement that summarizes some of the recent breakthroughs involving stem cell research and offers a "common ground" position that may provide a viable solution to the moral and ethical morass surrounding stem cell research, regardless of one's individual view of the moral worth of embryos. The case being made is that recent breakthroughs involving induced pluripotent stem cells and the extraction of viable stem cells from arrested development embryos make it possible to achieve the incredible potential of stem cells for treatments and knowledge while at the same time preserving the value and dignity of human life, even in its earliest stage of development.

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Common Ground on Stem Cell Research

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Introducing MereCreation.net (now MereCreation.org)!

Update: I have switched to a new host and a new domain for Mere Creation. The website is also undergoing a complete makeover and redesign. However, the discussion forum is very much alive and well, and some excellent and insightful discussion is taking place there on issues at the intersection of science and theology. The new domain for Mere Creation is http://MereCreation.org.

MereCreation.net Homepage It’s been a long time in the oven, but I am pleased to announce that MereCreation.net is now live and online! It’s certainly not easy putting together a project like this with two young ‘uns at home, being able to work only in little chunks of time, and having to learn how to use a CMS and forum software as I go, but I have to say that I’ve enjoyed the process.
The web address is http://merecreation.net http://MereCreation.org, and my hope is that the site can serve three primary purposes:

1. To provide fair, informative, and honest descriptions of the primary Christian perspectives on Creation that are not polarizing or preferential. The strengths and weaknesses of each position will be critically analyzed, and responses to common core issues by proponents of differing positions will be compared and contrasted. It is not the intent of this site to convince people of any one ‘perspective’ of Creation over another. Our goal is to inform in as fair and impartial a manner as possible of the rich range of Christian thought on Creation. By thus being made aware of the diversity of viewpoints, it is our hope that you will be able to come to a more informed conclusion for yourself.
2. To build up a community of like-minded people who share, not the same perspective on Creation, but a central purpose to bring glory to the Creator and convey the wonder of Creation. Our goal is to find common ground that can be mutually affirmed and celebrated by those who may personally hold to a diversity of Creation views, taking inspiration from the task that C.S. Lewis undertook in his presentation of ‘mere’ Christianity.
3. To present a cogent, compelling, and convincing apologetic case for the Creator and Creation.
The inspiration for Mere Creation is of course C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, particularly this section from his preface:
“It is at her centre, where her truest children dwell, that each communion is really closest to every other in spirit, if not in doctrine. And this suggests that at the centre of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice.”
The starting basis for Mere Creation is our shared belief in the Creator. It is that central Someone that we seek to magnify, regardless of our preferred personal perspective on Creation.
The question of origins is a primary issue at the heart of the intersection of science and theology. For many who are asking the deep questions about the meaning to life, the issue of creation can be the first step forward in their consideration of God, or it can be the greatest stumbling block, depending on how it is presented. What we seek to offer at MereCreation.net is a place where all the divergent views on this key doctrine can be given a fair and honest hearing, so that those who visit may gain a better understanding and appreciation of the contending views and be able to make a more informed decision for themselves. We believe that debate and discussion on our differences can be beneficial, but not at the expense of our witness as one Body in Christ, because we understand that that which we hold in common is far greater than our differences.
MereCreation Forum Many of the pages are currently incomplete, purposefully incomplete you can say, because the hope is that this site will not be the voice and view of just one person, but a reflection of the community as a whole. If you are interested in being part of building this community, I hope you will check out MereCreation.net MereCreation.org and in addition register to participate in the online discussion forums where much of the work of achieving this purpose will occur.

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mere Creation Teaser

I've been stretching myself thin with a variety of projects and activities, with the result being that I've not had the time to post some of the things that I've been meaning to put on reasonable answers. I've been having an interesting exchange with Andrew in response to the post on Addressing "A Grievous Intellectual Sin". Part of the dialogue reminded me of a bumper sticker slogan that I came across awhile ago:

Science flies you to the moon (slogan)

Let me quickly point out that it wasn't anything in the tone of our discussion -- which has been cordial and positive in many respects -- that reminded me of this slogan. It was simply a contrast between science and religion that was brought up which led me to recall this extreme example of this contrast. I'm hoping to share my thoughts on the statement in my next post.

I just want to offer a tiny teaser for one of the other projects that has been percolating. This project is very much in the preliminary stages, and I won't say much more other than to show the following image:

God Created

I hope you will stay tuned for more to come!

Bumper sticker image from zazzle.com

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Addressing “A Grievous Intellectual Sin”

Again I have run into the character limit that Blogger has in place for comments while responding to someone’s comments. Here is an exchange that I have been having with someone who commented on the excerpts I posted from Mike Murray’s essay, “Intelligent Dishonesty (by design).” This exchange may provide you with a deeper insight into what Murray was saying in his essay. Some of the earlier comments may also be from the same person, but since he or she has chosen to remain anonymous I cannot tell, so I have only included the last two comments which hold a common thread.

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Francisco Ayala's Problem with Evil and Design

Francisco Ayala, who recently debated William Lane Craig on the viability of ID, has written a review of Stephen Meyer’s prominent book, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design. The publication of this book has led to a flurry of exchanges among proponents of evolution and ID, but that will have to be the topic for some other time. In this post I mainly want to focus on two key points that Ayala makes in his review, which he also used in his debate with Craig. An earlier post offers some of the responses from Craig, Bradley Monton (the moderator), and others following the debate, which may provide some background and context for my following comments.

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