Hello, my name is Aron Wall.  Welcome to my blog!

The title of this blog is an homage to Poul Anderson's essay "Uncleftish Beholding", which explains atomic theory using only English words of Anglo-Saxon origin (no Latin, Greek or French). "uncleftish" is equivalent to "atomic" (or perhaps "quantum"), and "beholding" means "theory".  When back-translated into modern English, one obtains "Undivided Looking".

"Undivided Looking" expresses the aspiration that, although compartmentalized thinking is frequently helpful in life, one must also step back and look at the world as a whole.  This involves balancing specialized knowledge with common sense to keep both kinds of thinking in perspective.

"Undivided Looking" also suggests that in order to see the Truth, we have to be earnestly seeking it with our whole self.  As Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God". The word "pure" means unmixed or whole.  Those who want to live wholesome lives must purify themselves from malice, bias and greed, so that the Holy can dwell within them.

13 Responses to About

  1. bill faint says:

    Hi Aron,
    it was good to meet you and discuss truly important things. I am curious what kind of things have been discussed here on the blog so I'll check it out. I hope you have had a chance to visit the jesuslifetogether site as it is full of encouraging, convicting and eye opening truth. Let's keep in touch as life permits :)

  2. Marius de Jess says:

    I am so glad to have come to your blog, because now I can read a Christian who can speak with authority on quantum mechanics things and atheist physicists cannot gainsay him.

  3. Aron Wall says:

    Dear Marius,
    I'm glad you are enjoying what I write. If any atheist physicist happens to be reading my blog, they are certainly welcome to attempt to gainsay me about quantum mechanics, if they like. :-) Then we can have a conversation.

  4. Greg Carlet says:

    Glad to have found your blog!

  5. Sean says:

    Glad to have found your blog. Always nice to find other people from statistical/empirical professions who share my basic approach on this -- and even nicer that you can speak on physics, a topic that is actually relevant to the debate. Far too many people equate atheism/agnosticism with skepticism/rationality/intelligence/elite positioning, so I'm glad you're putting this stuff out there.

  6. Aron Wall says:

    Thanks for your kind words, Sean.

  7. Josue San Jose says:

    Hello Aron! My name is Josue. I have a couple of questions but let me give you some backround before I start asking. I found your website thanks to Ron Cram. He directed me here and told me you are a Christian scientist. I found that interesting since most scientists today are atheists.

    Now to my real question. I am currently pursuing a degree in engineering. I will start my fourth semester next week. I am 20 years old. However, I have always been interested in science. More recently I have gained interest in the fields of cosmology and astrophysics. Do you think I could earn a degree in one of those fields some day? If so, what do I need to do? Whom do I need to talk to? What are the requirements? Prerequisites? Please help me. I just want to pursue my dream. You can contact me via email (josue.sanjose@my.bismarckstate.edu) I would truly appreciate your thoughts and any advice you can give me. Thank you for your time in advance and I look forward to get in touch with you.

    God bless.

  8. Andy says:

    Wow! It's great finding like-minded individuals! In my travels through YouTube science videos, the comments are always condescending to the stupid, ignorant Christian, worshipping the "God of the gaps". In other words, it is presumed that God was invented to explain science that we were ignorant to, but now that we apparently have all the answers, believing in God is like believing in Santa Clause. For me, science always shows God to be even more amazing than previously thought. If the Big Bang was just the tiniest bit more or less powerful, our universe would've either recollapsed or never collected into "stuff". I think about our perfect planet, a perfect distance from the perfect star. A magnetic field blocking life-sterilizing radiation, a moon to stabilize our axis, so Norway isn't on the equator next year, and an oxygen rich atmosphere providing pressure for liquid water. I consider that all life has a common ancestor, implying that life only started once on our perfect planet. Dinosaurs, here for 200 million years, never building a society, creating art, or pondering their existence, had to be killed in a way that spared mammals, allowing them to evolve. Humans, here for 1/1000 of the time as dinosaurs, can comment on blogs using cellphones, while sitting on the front porch of a house with plumbing, electricity, and 600 channels of nonsense on their TVs. Out of millions of species, why just us? I believe God uses natural processes to do His work. Actually, He defines those processes! This means that when a blood moon rose at Christ's crucifixion, God planned it billions of years ago as rocks and plasma tumbled through space, so the moon would rise in an eclipse on 1 special day. This blows my mind! I always thought to be a Christian meant I had to disconnect my brain and read Genesis as a literal history/ science book. Science teaches us how to better interpret the bible! Thank you for giving credibility to believers. Some say that for me to believe in God means I think I know more than Hawking. I guess i do!

  9. James says:

    Hi Aron,

    Thank you for creating this site and sharing your thoughts. I stumbled upon your site while searching cosmology topics related to God. The first page I found was a clarifying exchange between you and Josh. The words that you wrote during that exchange were inspiring; i found your thoughtfulness and reasoned responses simply amazing.

    I'm not sure if this is the correct topic/heading to ask a question, but I will go ahead and ask.

    Andy wrote about the crucifixion and the described eclipse; I believe 3 of the gospels state that the sun darkened. Historical records outside of the gospels do not mention an eclipse. It seems that an eclipse during a full moon would be something that would be recorded somewhere. I understand that sky darkening may be attributed to literary technique. There seems to be alot of conflicting information within the bible, how does one know when a conflict is important or when information is symbolic? (in regards to an eclipse, if that happened and that was a recorded event around the world it would be amazing)

    I'm not sure what or how to believe, however, I feel that your site may provide guidance and for that I am thankful :-)

  10. Robert says:

    Dear Aaron
    Is general relativity a reliable theory, just wanted your opinion on the matter.
    Good luck with your website


  11. Aron Wall says:

    General relativity seems to be amazingly accurate in every astrophysical situation where it can be tested. But like every theory, it is valid only in a particular patch of reality. In particular, classical General Relativity needs to be corrected in situations where quantum effects are important. Nobody knows yet how to make a fully quantum mechanical thory of gravity; that's one of the problems I work on (along with many other people).

  12. Carmel says:

    Thank you for your website - I was pleased to read just from this page that I am not alone in my understanding of 'undivided looking' as the path to truth. I have no background in physics or theology and no brilliant mind, but I have developed a keen interest in the intersection of psychology, philosophy, religion, art, history, language and many avenues of science as the forum for a more inclusive understanding of God. I often feel like people are refusing to contribute pieces of the puzzle to the table to allow us to put it all together, under the assumption that their piece doesn't belong. I have been frustrated with the continual breaking down of potentially enlightening discussions on the Internet, so I find the premise of your blog particularly refreshing.
    I look forward to exploring further, and hope the technical language is not beyond me.

  13. Aron Wall says:

    Welcome to my blog, Carmel; glad to have you.

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