|November 2, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Culture, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society||
2350 years ago, in The Laws, Bk X, Plato gave a sobering warning on the morally and socially corrosive nature of evolutionary materialism and resulting ideologised factions (and by extension, enabling fellow travellers) that the past few days here at UD, sadly, bring back to mind: >>Ath. . . .[The avant garde philosophers and poets, […]
|November 1, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization, FYI-FTR, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society||
I was just challenged to reply to the KS “bomb” claim, and though I am busy, I will pause to note briefly, and will link this FYI-FTR to the thread of discussion where the challenge was made. I think WJM, in his post on the failure of the bomb, ably put his finger on the […]
One of the saddest aspects of the debates over the design inference on empirically reliable signs such as FSCO/I, is the way evolutionary materialist objectors and fellow travellers routinely insist on distorting the ID view, even after many corrections. (Kindly, note the weak argument correctives, accessible under the UD Resources Tab, which address many of […]
Darwinian Debating Device # 12: Selective Hyperskepticism, closed-mindedness (and “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”)
|October 18, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinian Debating Devices, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Perhaps the most deep-rooted Darwinist debate tactic is hyperskepticism. While I have done a briefing note on this, I like HeKS’ nice summary raised a little while back, in an Oct 9th 2014 remark that deserves to be headlined: Normal skepticism is generally equitable and a good thing. It applies a reasonably consistent demand for […]
|September 27, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
In recent days, objector ES has been twisting the concept of Wickensian functionally specific information-bearing complex organisation into post-modernist deconstructionist subjectivist pretzels, in order to obfuscate the plain inductive argument at the heart of the design inference and/or explanatory filter. For example, consider these excerpts from the merry go round thread: ES, 41: . . […]
Jeff Shallit: “Surely the right analogy is Santa Claus to Jesus Christ. Both are mythical figures . . . ” — spectacular Fail at History 101
|September 25, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
I just now noticed the above clip by Mr Shallit, who by making such a sophomoric blunder, thereby disqualifies himself from being taken seriously. I suggest that he spends a bit over an hour with this 101 level video: embedded by Embedded Videovimeo Direkt U/D: GeoffR gives useful link to a Peter Williams Lecture, also: […]
|September 15, 2014||Posted by HeKS under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Ethics, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
I had originally intended to post this in the comment thread to my first article here as a guest author, titled, Does It Matter What We Believe About Morality? In the end, however, it turned out to be sufficiently long and detailed that it seemed to warrant a new original post. If it’s preferred that this type of thing […]
|September 12, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Ethics, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
A recent post by Barry Arrington started an interesting and lively discussion about morality, whether it is objective and, if so, how it might be grounded. Barry provided the job description for a clinical ethicist and then asked how a materialist could apply for such a job in good faith, given the inability of the […]
BA77’s observation: “many influential people in academia simply don’t want Design to be true no matter what evidence . . .”
|August 4, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, ID Foundations, science education, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
The inimitable BA77 observes: I [used] to think that if ID could only get its evidence to the right people in the right places then they would change their mind about Darwinian evolution and we would have a fundamental ‘paradigm shift’ from the ‘top down’. But after a few years of banging my head on […]
John Lennox responds to the God Delusion thesis, pivoting on the power of agent explanation (vs. scientism)
|July 22, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
John Lennox is always a treat, here in a video in reply to the God Delusion thesis: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Food for thought and comment, starting with, what is a delusion and then pivoting on the power of agent explanation. What do we think, why? END
VIDEO: Prof. Raymond Tallis – “Aping Mankind? Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity”
|July 8, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Artificial Intelligence, brains and computation vs contemplation, Darwinism, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
A food-for-thought lecture: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Thoughts? END PS: Kindly note this (and the discussion in the original post here with onward discussion and video here) on the problem of neural networks, computation vs contemplation and trying to get North by heading West:
|June 22, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under brains and computation vs contemplation, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Intelligent Design, Mind, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
It seems that self-aware mindedness is now on the table for discussion. In that context, I see that Reciprocating Bill is arguing: Given the fact that you entertain the notion that brains aren’t necessary for dreaming, why can’t that which dreams without a brain be a rock? This is a carry over from a discussion […]
Today is the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, let us reflect on what is still in the balance, the price of liberty . . .
|June 6, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Community/Personal, Culture, Ethics, News|
Today is the 70th Anniversary of the costly but vital D-Day Neptune- Overlord invasion in Normandy, France: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Worth a pause to reflect on in light of the final stanza of the US National Anthem: O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s […]
In defence of Professor Brendan Bain of UWI Jamaica, Medical Doctor and Public Health expert fired by UWI (my alma mater . . . ) for giving a politically incorrect expert opinion on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean to the Belize Supreme Court . . .
|May 23, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Courts, Culture, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
In Jamaica, this distinguished professor — literally the man who led the Caribbean region’s medical fight against HIV/AIDS from the beginning in 1983 on — has been fired as at Tuesday afternoon by UWI’s Vice Chancellor for giving a politically incorrect expert testimony to The Supreme Court in Belize. This is a sign of how […]
Transcendence and the materialist hope for eternity, resurrection and paradise . . . but computation is not contemplation
|May 4, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Artificial Intelligence, Culture, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Informatics, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
The UK Independent is noting how Stephen Hawking says of the Film on AI, Transcendence — plot summary here at wiki, that ‘Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence – but are we taking AI seriously enough?’ First off, I think “implications” is probably over the top — we seem to be more looking […]
|April 27, 2014||Posted by Eric Anderson under Atheism, Culture, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Naturalism, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Spirituality|
Fair warning to the regular readership. Typically I like to cover intelligent design and evolution-related issues, but I trust I may be permitted a bit of a detour. There have been a couple of interesting posts recently by Sal, vjtorley and Barry about issues of a more philosophical bent. vjtorley’s OP, in particular, quoted parts […]
|April 19, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Probability, Religion, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Video|
Here. (HT: VJT, also, Charles Babbage.) Video: embedded by Embedded Videovimeo Direkt
|April 16, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Big Bang, Cell biology, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
I think we need to watch a video by Friend of UD, Kirk Durston. But first, a loop-back note: I have been rather busy elsewhere with issues like AS-AD, Kondratiev waves, Hayek’s investment triangle, SD and Schumpeterian creative destruction.(Pardon the resulting absence.) BTW, this line of thought leads me to hold that the oh- so- […]
|March 19, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Philosophy, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
I think that sometimes, it helps to pull back a bit and reflect on the meta . . . philosophical . . . issues connected to design, mind, being, cause and effect, what it would mean to be a necessary being, etc. I have also been thinking in that context, that the modern, modal ontological […]
|March 4, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Culture, News, Off Topic, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, UD Newswatch highlights|
Preliminary thoughts are here, I have a very queasy feeling in my tummy over this one. For historical context, here is Wiki’s summary of developments coming out of the 1938 “Peace in our time” crisis of 1938, which began with German agitation over the claimed plight of the Sudeten Germans living under Czech rule — […]
Where of course, Ms Palin is a capital example of the way the cultural controversies too often play out, including over design theory, in an atmosphere of well-poisoning contempt largely — though obviously not only [can we all agree to disagree without being unnecessarily disagreeable?] — coming from the side that imagines it is the vanguard of scientifically informed progress and too often sees those who differ with them as by and large “ignorant, stupid, insane or wicked.”.
So, why not have a UD thread to allow tracking the development at our favourite site for discussion?
(I don’t find the general coverage particularly well organised or insightful, let’s see if we can do better.)
Also, the unfolding crisis and reactions to it are highly revealing on the cultural civil war across our civilisation centred on issues tied to the debates over origins and linked ethical foundations of culture: if humans are morally governed beings, what does that mean?
Let us ponder, together.
UD regulars and visitors are therefore also encouraged to add links to tracking information below as this story unfolds now that an ultimatum seems to have been given (or was it . . . even that seems fuzzy). END
PS: A question of agent provocation sniping has been raised in thread by JWT which I just saw March 6th, so here is the clip with the taped phone call, reflect on 7:11 on in light of the context:
Nasty whichever way it goes, but the geo-strategically pivotal issue is Russian intervention, the illegitimacy of which is seen from the removal of national identification from uniforms.