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Dr. Robert Kurland, Ph.D.

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Robert J. Kurland, Ph.D. describes himself as a retired, cranky, old physicist. whole converted to Catholicism in 1995. He now writes and teaches to show that there is no contradiction between what science tells us about the world and our Catholic faith. He is a volunteer to a federal prison and hospital, lector, and sometime player of bass clarinet, alto clarinet, clarinet, bass, tenor bowed psaltery. Find his blogs at rationalcatholic.blogspot.com.

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Dr. Robert Kurland, Ph.D.5 min read

Science: God’s Gift to Man

What does God intend when he gives us gifts? He means to give us joy, make us better, and glorify him. Science is one such gift from God.
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Dr. Robert Kurland, Ph.D.11 min read

Music, God’s Gift to Man: Music in the Church

Several years ago my spiritual director told me to study De Musica Sacra et Sacra Liturgia. Since then, music has shaped my devotion to the Church.
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What Is Time? Part VI: Why God Created Time

In this sixth article of the series “What is Time,” we discuss the timelessness of God and why God created time to allow for free will and moral choice.
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St. Augustine: Patron Saint of Geeks?

As a science and math geek, I need a patron saint. I choose St. Augustine of Hippo, whose insights into science and math were centuries ahead of his time.
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What is Time? Part V: Quantum Time

This is the fifth in a series of articles addressing the question “What is time?” Here I’ll examine how time in quantum mechanics is strange.
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What is Time? Part IV: Relativity and Time

In this piece, I’ll explain why relativity changes our view of time from an absolute dimension to one that depends on how we’re moving and where we are.
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What is Time? Part III—Entropy, Time’s Arrow

This post discusses entropy—how change from order to disorder is measured as an increase in entropy and thus, how entropy is shown as "the arrow of time."
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What is Time? Part II—How We Perceive Time 

In this second article on the series of how we perceive time, we focus on three perceptions: St. Augustine of Hippo, William James, and Oliver Sacks.
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What is Time? Part I—Philosophy

What is time? Philosophers have tried to explain it since antiquity. I’ll begin with what the ancient Greeks, Parmenides and Heraclitus, had to say.
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Saint Augustine of Hippo: A Theologian for Our Time

St. Augustine's wonderings about the nature of time fit with contemporary scientific theories—and are altogether in accord with our present-day confusion.
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New Ebook Discusses How to Navigate the Weirdness of a Quantum Universe

In his most recent ebook, “Mysteries: Quantum and Theological," Dr. Kurland provides a 60 page overview covering the math underlying the physics of the Newtonian world, a brief history of the emergenc
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Mathematics: The Language God Speaks

This post proposes to answer the question "Is God a Mathematician?" and comment on arguments by physicists and philosophers that reality is mathematics.
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