|October 25, 2016||Posted by Steve Fuller under Ethics, Intelligent Design, Of General Interest, Philosophy, Science fiction, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
We started by assuming that Pilate made a mistake of world-historic proportions when he condemned Jesus to death. However, as Pilate in Purgatory explores the alternative histories that would result in a better world, he may come to discover that each of those alternatives would have resulted in a worse world because they would have also prevented the Resurrection of Jesus, which is the cornerstone of the Christian faith
|October 24, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under General interest, Mind, Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Society|
A recent article tries to tackle some important and often-missed points of social psychology. [Unbridled skepticism] has given rise to a belief that what we think about ourselves and our lives together cannot be held with any confidence until objective, scientific insight into these problems is obtained. The result of taking such a stance on […]
|October 11, 2016||Posted by HeKS under Atheism, Cosmology, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Philosophy, Physics|
Over in this thread, a number of us have been having a discussion with daveS regarding the alleged possibility of an actually infinite past. DaveS seems to think that an infinite past is a perfectly viable model that does not entail any logical contradictions. Various arguments for the necessary finitude of the past were offered […]
|October 9, 2016||Posted by News under News, Philosophy, Science|
From Robert P. Crease at Nature, a review of Carlo Rovelli’s upcoming Reality Is Not What It Seems, A sceptic might react to this irksome scientism by objecting that, unlike in Plato’s image, the vistas seen through the window keep changing. One can imagine, too, a book by a string theorist offering another view out […]
|September 12, 2016||Posted by William J Murray under Atheism, Biology, Chemistry, Cosmology, Darwinism, Ethics, Evolution, Evolutionary materialism's amorality, General interest, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Mind, Naturalism, Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality|
Imagine if atheistic materialism was actually true and humans are nothing more than biological automatons – complexly programmed and reactive robots that behave and think in whatever manner happenstance chemical interactions dictates at any given time. Let’s think about what would actually mean. There would be no way for a biological automaton to determine whether […]
|September 11, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Biology, Naturalism, Philosophy|
Just a reminder to those wanting to present at the AM-Nat (Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism) Biology conference, abstracts are due October 28th.
|September 5, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
This is an ongoing discussion we are having with Dr. Swamidass over the question of Methodological Naturalism in science. For those who haven’t been keeping up, I posted Dr. Swamidass’s questions to critics of MN to UD a few weeks ago, then posted some of my questions for proponents of MN. Then, my first response […]
|September 3, 2016||Posted by News under News, Philosophy, Physics|
From Stuart Clark at New Scientist: Although the scope of our definition determines the complexity of the puzzle, physics should still supply the solution, says philosopher Tim Maudlin of New York University. Physics is about just two questions, he says: “what exists?” and “what does it do?”. “If you answer both of those questions, then […]
A Response to Joshua Swamidass’s Questions, Pt 1: A Dissection of Halvorson’s View of Methodological Naturalism
|September 2, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
Dr. Joshua Swamidass, a computational biologist from Wash U, recently posted some questions to critics of methodological naturalism like myself, and also explicitly named the AM-Nat (Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism) conferences as an example of those searching for an alternative to methodological naturalism. After some discussions with Dr. Swamidass, I thought I would take some […]
|August 21, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
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 (update – my answers to these questions are here and here).
|August 21, 2016||Posted by News under News, Philosophy, Science|
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 […]
|August 18, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Creationism, Evolutionary biology, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy|
The question of whether methodological naturalism is an idea worth holding onto in science has been one that the ID camp, as a whole, is not unified on. Some think that methodological naturalism is a perfectly valid way to define science, and that ID fits nicely within that scope. Others think that methodological naturalism is […]
|August 15, 2016||Posted by News under News, Philosophy, Science|
From Philip Ball at Atlantic: The history of science has been distorted by a longstanding conviction that correct theories about nature are always the most elegant ones. … Occam’s razor was never meant for paring nature down to some beautiful, parsimonious core of truth. Because science is so difficult and messy, the allure of a […]
|July 21, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Artificial Intelligence, Mind, Minds, Philosophy|
The many advances in computer technology have convinced many people that AI is real and it is coming soon. This article focuses on the concept of creativity, and what that means for the question of whether someone can actually build an “artificial intelligence” with computers. Read More
|July 20, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Darwinism, Evolutionary biology, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, Religion, Science|
We have been talking a bit about Rope Kojonen this last week, with his presentation at the AM-Nat conference and his recent paper on methodological naturalism in the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Now he has a new book out covering a philosophical perspective on the Intelligent Design debate.
|July 18, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
One of our presenters at the AM-Nat conference, Rope Kojonen, recently published a paper based on his AM-Nat presentation with the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, titled “Methodological Naturalism and the Truth Seeking Objection.”
|July 15, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Video|
In this next video from the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism (AM-Nat) conference, Rope Kojonen defends methodological naturalism by suggesting that the foundation for its objections is the belief that science is the only valid way of knowing.
|July 13, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Video|
In the next installment of videos from the AM-Nat conference, Jim LeMaster discusses Francis Bacon and David Hume, and shows their issues with teleological thinking in science, and why the arguments against analogies don’t measure up. We have a conference coming up in November focused on biology, and another in February focused on business and […]
|July 10, 2016||Posted by Eric Anderson under Atheism, Big Bang, Cosmology, Fine tuning, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Multiverse, Philosophy|
Over on a recent thread there has been much interesting discussion about a recent debate between theist philosopher Rabbi Daniel Rowe and atheist philosopher A.C. Grayling. HeKS provided a review of the matter, focusing largely on his analysis of Jerry Coyne’s responses. I agree with HeKS’s general observation that Coyne failed to adequately address the […]
|July 8, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Video|
In the next video from the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism conference, Jonathan Bartlett describes the philosophical underpinnings of methodological naturalism and why they fall short. For more information about the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism (AM-Nat) conference series, see the website. We have two more conferences coming in the next year!