Category: Books of interest

Why many of our neighbours think what they do, and why they shouldn’t

The ignominious death of Henry Luce’s empire would be a net gain for everyone else. more

New book: John Lennox asks, If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, am I denying the authority of Scripture?

ID-friendly Oxford math prof JohnLennox has a new book out, Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science . Can’t imagine which seven days. Blurb: What did the writer of Genesis mean by ‘the first day’? Is it a literal week or a series of time periods? If I believe […] more

Why does anyone pay attention to one-way skeptic Michael Shermer’s war on the mind’s reality?

Why does anyone pay attention to one-way skeptic Michael Shermer’s war on the mind’s reality? more

Methodological naturalism would have been a science stopper for Isaac Newton

Methodological naturalism would have been a science stopper for Isaac Newton more

Book offers to settle debates re evolution

Here. Alan R. Rogers tells us in The Evidence for Evolution According to polling data, most Americans doubt that evolution is a real phenomenon. And it’s no wonder that so many are skeptical: many of today’s biology courses and textbooks dwell on the mechanisms of evolution—natural selection, genetic drift, and gene flow—but say little about […] more

Numbers point to something beyond themselves … but what?

Numbers point to something beyond themselves … but what? more

Resources: Free Darwin books from the Darwin lobby

Excerpts for download. Here. Why pay for propaganda, when you can get a whack of it free? more

A friend suggests, just for fun: enter “irreducible complexity” in the search box…

on this page, for Eugene V. Koonin’s forthcoming book, The Logic of Chance: The Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution (FT Press, 2011), and see what turns up. From Overview: The book examines a broad range of topics in evolutionary biology including the inadequacy of natural selection and adaptation as the only or even the […] more

Where mellow elides to shallow? Andy Crouch looks at Brooks’ “The Social Animal”

In “Common Grace and Amazing Grace: A Review of David Brooks’s ‘The Social Animal,’” Andy Crouch finds that “Brooks’s portrait of human flourishing lacks the essential elements of rescue and redemption” (Christianity Today, 7/11/2011): Then there is Erica’s brief fling with adultery, her only real moral failure. Erica’s indiscretion could have been a catalyst of […] more

Tenure: How the university became a bureaucracy and how to fix it

In “The Economic Upside to Ending Tenure” (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 19, 2011), Naomi Schaefer Riley goes beyond the usual complaints about tenured lecture room mediocrities to say, Tenure means not having to worry about having to find new employment in middle age, and that means a lot to professors. As the George Mason […] more

New book: “Strong hints” of a multiverse mean ours isn’t fine-tuned

As we noted earlier, in “Why the universe wasn’t fine-tuned for life” (New Scientist, 14 June 2011), Marcus Chown reports on physicist Victor Stenger’s “devastating demolition” of the argument that the laws of physics of our universe were “fine-tuned” to foster life, in The Fallacy of Fine-tuning: Even if some parameters turn out to be […] more

Another fascinating exercise in getting it all wrong?

File under: “Wrong shakeup sought” Here, Laura J. Snyder (“Wanted: Another Scientific Revolution”, The Scientist , 2011-05-01) wants a new Breakfast Club of scientist philosophers: Each of the four men was brilliant, self-assured, and possessed of the optimism of the age: Whewell, who later created the fields of mathematical economics and the science of the […] more

“Twentieth century dematerialism”?

A late 2010 cosmology book features cosmologist Paul Davies as editor. Davies is known for a number of reflections on extraterrestrials. Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics “This is the anthology we have been waiting for … seminal papers deal with matter through the history of Greek thought, seventeenth-century materialism and […] more

Coffee with new atheists: A laptop, a publisher, and an ego the size of a … and out comes a Bible!

Brendan O’Neill invites readers to avoid the latest “anti-Bibles”, asking, Why, given their obtuse and ostentatious hostility towards organised religion and spiritual hoo-ha, are the so-called New Atheists so keen to refashion the Bible? What’s with all these secularist versions of ‘the good book’, minus the original’s miracles and resurrections and instead offering us guides to […] more

The “confused and illusory world” of the Christian Darwinist: What does it mean to say that nature has “freedom”?

  (   Apologies, Reb.) In “The Language of Science and Faith,” Giberson (soon to be in an online dialogue with Bill Dembski) and Collins argue that God has given nature “freedom”: This is their proposed solution to the problem of evil in nature: When God, as a loving Creator, withdraws from complete sovereign control over […] more

Uncommon Descent Saturday contest: What would be acceptable evidence for other universes?

(Contest is now judged. Results are here.) First, here’s Nobel Prize winner Steven Weinberg: … There is also a less creditable reason for hostility to the idea of a multiverse, based on the fact that we will never be able to observe any subuniverses except our own. Livio and Rees, and Tegmark have given thorough […] more

Culture: Today’s humanities a target of misdirected anger?

Nicholas Dames asks “Why bother?” (N+1, April 13, 2001) with the humanities these days, offering, Last February, a professor of biology and Harvard PhD named Amy Bishop, having recently been denied tenure by the University of Alabama in Hunstville, released the contents of a nine-millimeter pistol on her colleagues during a departmental faculty meeting. She killed […] more

Ten copies of The Nature of Nature on the way, to Uncommon Descent contest winners

ISI Books, the publisher of The Nature of Nature , is kindly giving Uncommon Descent ten copies for our contests. Buy yours now, by all means, but win one for your dad or your cash-strapped library. First contest is next Saturday, April 16, judged weekly. Here are the multilateral contributing authors to Nature of Nature. more

New book of interest to the ID community: Hitler’s Ethic

Richard Weikart, history professor at the University of California Stanislaus, has just published Hitler’s Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress (Palgrave Macmillan April 2011) In this book, Weikart helps unlock the mystery of Hitler’s evil by vividly demonstrating the surprising conclusion that Hitler’s immorality flowed from a coherent ethic. Hitler was inspired by evolutionary […] more

Martin Rees wins Templeton Prize

A fine tuning and multiverse advocate, Martin J. Rees, today won the 2011 Templeton Prize. The astrophysicist with no religion won the Prize originally “for Progress in Religion.” The 2011 Templeton Prize was announced today. LONDON, APRIL 6 – Martin J. Rees, a theoretical astrophysicist whose profound insights on the cosmos have provoked vital questions […] more

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