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Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc.

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Maggie Ciskanik, MS, MSc, has been a neurological nurse, an educator, and a writer. Her interests, life experience, and education have put her at the crossroads of philosophy, theology, and the science of human flourishing. With a B.A. in Philosophy, an MS in Nursing, and an MSc in Applied Neuroscience, she thrives on sharing scientific information from a faith perspective. She has written short biographies of many scientists, keeps up with astronomy news, and explores topics such as purpose, intelligence, free will, and consciousness. She is a regular contributor to the Magis Center for Faith and Reason, Purposeful Universe and has guest posts on Aleteia, the Vatican Observatory, and the Templeton Foundation.

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Learning to Trust in Science

Should we trust in science? Maggie Ciskanik explores the reasons for mistrust in science and why we should continue to trust it.
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The Negative and Positive Effects of Religion

In history, faith has been intrinsic to the human experience, but what are religion's positive effects on happiness, civic engagement, and health?
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Solar Science in the News

Two spacecrafts are part of NASA’s Living With a Star program (LWS). These missions collect data that will increase our understanding of solar weather.
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How Science, Reason, and Faith Can Help Us Discover the Bible

Father Spitzer's most recent release equips readers with the tools needed to truly discover the Bible. Read a review here!
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Intelligence Series Part 3: Does Intelligence Define us as Humans?

Does intelligence define us as humans? In some ways yes, but beyond our brains, creativity is one of the hallmarks of being human.
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Hooked on Hildegard: Music, Medicine, and Mystic Vision

St. Hildegarde von Bingen lived an extraordinary life that continues to teach us all to this day. Learn more about this amazing woman here!
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Intelligence Series Part 2: Can Aristotle Give Insights into Intelligence?

Cognitive neuroscience corresponds with Aristotle’s 4th century BCE description of a “passive” and an “active” intellect
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Intelligence Series Part 1: It Might Not Mean What You Think It Means

With Artificial Intelligence and developmental biology finding intelligence at molecular and cellular levels, we must ask: What is intelligence?
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Fr. Spitzer’s Newest Book: Science at the Doorstep to God

Maggie Ciskanik, M.S., MSc. gives a review of Fr. Spitzer's new book: Science at the Doorstep to God.
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Roger Bacon and the New Science

Learn about Roger Bacon, a 13th-century Franciscan monk, who is considered a forerunner of the modern scientific method.
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Rivers on Mars and Water Vapor in the Asteroid

New evidence indicates there could have been rivers on Mars and water vapor in the asteroid. Water is associated with the possibility of life on Mars.
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Just How Big is a Light Year? The Cosmic View

How can we conceive the astronomical distances in space? Maggie Ciskanik answers by explaining the light year and our cosmic view.
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