|February 27, 2017||Posted by News under Mathematics, News, Philosophy|
From Jordana Cepelewicz at Nautilus, on mathematician Harvey Friedman: The foundations of mathematics is also a field—in stark contrast to the casual and light tone of Friedman’s emails—that has been in crisis for nearly a century. In 1931, the Austrian mathematician and philosopher Kurt Gödel proved that any logical system adequate to develop basic arithmetic […]
|February 27, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
An unexpectedly level-headed discussion from Tom Mahony at RealClearScience: Ironically, true believers often moralize about the importance of facts and insist they’re the only ones who are “reality based.” However, in practice, they confuse facts with assumptions, beliefs, conjecture, and opinion. If you take an incorrect assumption, assume it as fact, and extrapolate from that […]
|February 27, 2017||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
Nuclear chemist Dr. Jay Wile recently wrote a review of the book Naturalism and Its Alternatives in Scientific Methodologies.
|February 26, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
From astrophysicist Paul Sutter at LiveScience: 1) What we now call science, philosophy and theology were all mixed up together. 2) Early (proto-)scientists made claims and arguments that would sound totally bananas today. I’ll leave Copernicus’ motivations to another article, but he did indeed publish a book in 1543 detailing his new cosmology with the […]
Design Disquisitions: Jeffrey Koperski on Two Bad Ways and Two Good Ways to Attack ID (Part 1): Two Bad Ways
|February 26, 2017||Posted by Joshua G under Creationism, Darwinian Debating Devices, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, ID, Lessons of History, Naturalism, Philosophy, Religion, Science|
Here’s my new article at Design Disquisitions. Enjoy: In the next two (potentially three) articles I’ll be taking an in-depth look at an excellent paper written by Jeffrey Koperski, a philosopher of science at Saginaw Valley State University. Koperski has written about ID in several publications (1), which I highly recommend, and he takes a balanced […]
|February 25, 2017||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
Says Eric Scerri at Los Angeles Times: Detailed case studies on the history of chemistry and physics show that the role of genius in advancing those fields — and even the role of rationality — is overstated. Rather than a hyper-intellectual, alien activity practiced by a remote priesthood, science is hit and miss, the ever-changing […]
|February 22, 2017||Posted by johnnyb under Biology, Naturalism, Philosophy|
Just wanted to let everyone know that we have posted the abstracts for this weekend’s Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism in Biology conference online.
|February 20, 2017||Posted by johnnyb under Biology, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
The Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism in Biology conference is this Saturday February 25th. Since the conference is online, you can attend from anywhere in the world as long as you have an Internet connection.
|February 15, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
From Daniel J. McKaughan at Big Questions Online: The idea that science is a “value-free” enterprise is deeply entrenched. “Under standard conditions, water boils at 100°C.” This and countless other facts about nature are mind-independent; that is, they do not depend on what you or I think or feel. And the procedures by which we […]
|February 14, 2017||Posted by johnnyb under Biology, Naturalism, Philosophy|
The second Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism online conference is right around the corner! On February 25th, we will convene AM-Nat Biology, focusing on biological applications for alternatives to methodological naturalism.
|February 9, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Science|
From Tom Bethell in Darwin’s House of Cards: A Journalist’s Odyssey Through the Darwin Debates: “The scientific evidence for evolution is not only weaker than is generally supposed, but as new discoveries have been made since 1959, the reasons for accepting the theory have diminished rather than increased.” (Page 45) “Darwinian evolution can be seen […]
|January 28, 2017||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology|
While these statistics get recompiled continually, I was pleased to wake up this morning and find that our new book, Naturalism and Its Alternatives in Scientific Methodologies is currently the #1 Hot New Release in the Scientific Research category, the #2 Hot New Release in epistemology, and the #1 Hot New Release in Psychology research.
|January 22, 2017||Posted by News under Atheism, News, Philosophy, Religion|
Relevant to that point, what proportion of the total are they? From a survey at philpapers: on where philosophers stand on stuff like God, free will, etc: Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will? Accept or lean toward: compatibilism 550 / 931 (59.1%) Other 139 / 931 (14.9%) Accept or lean toward: libertarianism 128 […]
|January 19, 2017||Posted by News under Design inference, Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy|
The abstract of a paper by Rene van Woudenberg of the Abraham Kuyper Center and Jeroen de Ridder, Design Hypotheses Behave Like Skeptical Hypotheses (or: Why We Can’t Know the Falsity of Design Hypotheses) It is often claimed that, as a result of scientific progress, we now know that the natural world displays no design. Although […]
|January 15, 2017||Posted by News under Philosophy, Science|
From philosopher Catarina Dutilh Novaes at Aeon: In the Critique of Pure Reason (1781), Immanuel Kant stated that no progress in logic had been made since Aristotle. He therefore concludes that the logic of his time had reached the point of completion. There was no more work to be done. Two hundred years later, after […]
|January 6, 2017||Posted by News under Cosmology, Multiverse, Philosophy|
From Tasneem Zehra Husain at Nautilus: It’s not the immensity or even the inscrutability, but that it reduces physical law to happenstance. Not just a feature, a benefit. I am not alone in my ambivalence. The multiverse has been hotly debated and continues to be a source of polarization among some of the most prominent […]
|January 4, 2017||Posted by News under Genetics, News, Philosophy, Science|
From Ross Pomeroy at RealClearScience: We know this thanks to a lengthy chain reaction of scientific discoveries. And according to Cobb, if there was a single man who catalyzed this reaction, it was Oswald Avery. In 1944, Avery, a medical researcher at Rockefeller University, published a paper with his colleagues Colin MacLeod and Maclyn McCarty. […]
|December 31, 2016||Posted by News under Naturalism, News, Origin Of Life, Philosophy|
Yet it isn’t happening, and we have no idea how it happened even once… From science writer Michael Gross at Cell: Rapid progress in several research fields relating to the origin of life bring us closer to the point where it may become feasible to recreate coherent and plausible models of early life in the […]
|December 28, 2016||Posted by News under Engineering, Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Science|
Terraforming means trying to make Mars capable of supporting lots of life, like Earth. From Monash philosopher Robert Sparrow at Nautilus: Enthusiasts often advertise space exploration as an opportunity to be virtuous. “To boldly go”—as they say in Star Trek—is valuable mostly because courage is a virtue. But one can’t have the opportunity to develop […]
|December 27, 2016||Posted by News under Mind, Philosophy, Science|
Maybe that explains the buzz re post-truth in science, blowing through recently. From sociologist Frank Furedi at Spiked: Consider the recently invented phrase, ‘post-truth’. It has been selected as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. According to the Oxford University Press, after the Brexit referendum and the US presidential election, the use of ‘post-truth’ sky-rocketed. […]