Is God Really Good?

Chapter 6, “Is God Really Good?” of my new Wipf and Stock book Christianity for Doubters is almost the same as the “Epilogue” of my 2015 Discovery Institute Press book In the Beginning and Other Essays on Intelligent Design. What does the problem of pain have to do with intelligent design? A lot, I think, […]

Materialists Believe “The Earth Orbits the Sun” May Not Be Objectively True.

Predictably, in response to my last post materialists (this time Rationaly’s bane and jdk) trotted out this old chestnut: “People have been wrong about morality; therefore moral truth cannot possibly be objective.” *palm forehead*  This canard has been refuted so many times I have lost count.  I will try one more time. RB and jdk, […]

Earlier than thought: Oxygen on Earth

Oxygen should be on the stock market; the numbers go up and down all the time. From ScienceDaily: Geologists are using new direct methods to measure the Earth’s oxygenation. They identified, for the first time, exactly how much oxygen was in Earth’s atmosphere 813 million years ago — 10.9 percent. This finding, they say, demonstrates […]

Flying Spaghetti Monster vs. ID

From Got Questions: Answer: Flying Spaghetti Monsterism (also known as Pastafarianism) is a “religion” created by a man named Bobby Henderson. Mr. Henderson created this satire in protest of the Kansas State Board of Education’s decision to teach intelligent design as an alternative to the theory of evolution. In essence, he was asking, “If foolish […]

What’s wrong with social science today?

From O’Leary for News at MercatorNet: Social science, our “science of us”, is more susceptible to self-deception than other sciences. It is very much softer than particle physics and it has been especially hard hit by recent scandals. One factor may be the almost universally admitted progressive bias that makes frauds and hoaxes easy to perpetrate. […]

Mike Pence is a witch

US presidential candidate Mike Pence is— says Phil Plait at Slate— a creationist: Which is pretty much like being a witch, I guess. You know anyone picked by Trump to be his running mate almost certainly will have a problem with established science, of course, but it turns out Pence is also a young Earth […]

Jaw Dropping Stupidity

Sometimes a materialist will post a comment, and I will read it and then just sit there with my mouth literally agape, wondering at the sheer stupidity on display.  I got that treat today when Rationalitys bane posted this gem: we are much better off not pretending that morality is objective and live our lives knowing […]

Condescension news: Why the public does not “trust” “science”

From Richard P. Grant at Guardian: How many science communicators do you know who will take the time to listen to their audience? Who are willing to step outside their cosy little bubble and make an effort to reach people where they are, where they are confused and hurting; where they need? Atul Gawande says […]

U Chicago gets one thing right, at least

A friend writes that letters sent to the incoming class of 2020 make it clear the University of Chicago isn’t a fan of trigger warnings or safe spaces. From John Miltimore at Intellectual Takeout: Letters sent to the incoming class of 2020 make it clear the University of Chicago isn’t a fan of trigger warnings […]

Shocka! “Evolution” and sex difference in sports interest

From ScienceDaily: The take-home points from this review are that the sex difference in sports interest is (1) substantial and widespread, (2) partly due to evolutionary pressures that differentially affected males and females, and (3) unlikely to be fully overturned by socialization. These points challenge the bedrock assumptions of many scholars and policy makers. Most […]

Claim: Predators drive social complexity

From ScienceDaily: Sociality is a ubiquitous feature of life, but the reasons why animals cluster together can vary. In nature, there is great diversity in social organization and in the complexity of interactions among group members. It is widely accepted that high predation risk may select for group living, but predation is not regarded as […]

Would intelligent aliens look like us?

From evolutionary biologist Matthew Wills at RealClearScience: Ultimately, the jury is out on the extent to which intelligent aliens – if they exist – would resemble us. It may or may not be significant that humans have just two eyes and ears (just enough for stereo vision and hearing), and just two legs (reduced from […]

Stone artifacts were projectiles?

Interesting new thesis from ScienceDaily: A team of psychologists, kinesiologists and archaeologists at Indiana University and elsewhere are throwing new light on a longstanding archaeological mystery: the purpose of a large number of spherical stone artifacts found at a major archaeological site in South Africa. IU Bloomington professor Geoffrey Bingham and colleagues in the United […]

Mathematical physicist doubts we’ll ever figure out consciousness

At Ash Jogalekar’s “Curious Wavefunction,” we hear from physicist Ed Witten: Many people regard consciousness as the last nut to crack at the frontier of science. If we crack that nut it would open the way to an unprecedented understanding of humanity that may in part explain why mankind produces thinkers like Ed Witten that […]

Yet another origin of consciousness book. Which does get something right

Squid are smart . From book advert: Peter Godfrey-Smith is a leading philosopher of science. He is also a scuba diver whose underwater videos of warring octopuses have attracted wide notice. In this book, he brings his parallel careers together to tell a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself. Mammals and […]

If humans are just animals, why should a ban on eating meat apply to humans but not cats?

Should the consumption of animal products be banned? Here. In this book, Jan Deckers addresses the most crucial question that people must deliberate in relation to how we should treat other animals: whether we should eat animal products. Many people object to the consumption of animal products from the conviction that it inflicts pain, suffering, […]

Journalist on fine-tuning of the universe

From David Warren at the Catholic Thing: Thirty years have now passed since the publication of an extraordinary book, by a respectable publisher (the Oxford University Press). This was, The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, by the witty British astronomer, John Barrow, and the brilliant American mathematical physicist, Frank Tipler. It included a laudatory preface by John […]

Questions for Proponents of Methodological Naturalism

Earlier I posted some questions for critics of methodological by Dr. Joshua Swamidass. I plan on writing a response to Dr. Swamidass’s criticisms and questions, but for the moment I will offer my own questions to the proponents of Methodological Naturalism.

Popper wrong on falsification?

From Alex Berezow at American Council on Science and Health: In other words, only one out of 70 papers fully met Popper’s criteria of falsification. This suggests that while Popper’s idea of falsification is a good one, it is far too difficult for scientists to implement regularly in practice. Science plods along just fine without […]

Fire nature and hire a different one

Fracking edition. From Hot Air: The draft report on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from the EPA is nearing the end of its more than five year journey and the findings were a major blow to the green energy crowd. Try as they might, there simply was no evidence of systemic contamination to ground water or other […]

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