|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!
|July 6, 2016||Posted by HeKS under Atheism, Big Bang, Cosmology, Fine tuning, General interest, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Philosophy, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology|
Recently, a debate was held in London between theist philosopher Rabbi Daniel Rowe and atheist philosopher A.C. Grayling. The subject under dispute, unsurprisingly, was God’s existence. It’s a very interesting debate to watch. I’d never heard of Rowe before, but I was familiar with Grayling, who is sometimes referred to as the Fifth Horseman of […]
|July 6, 2016||Posted by News under News, Philosophy, Science|
From James Blachowicz at New York Times: When a scientist tests a hypothesis and finds that its predictions do not quite match available observations, there is always the option of forcing the hypothesis to fit the data. One can resort to curve-fitting, in which a hypothesis is patched together from different independent pieces, each piece […]
|July 5, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Video|
In this presentation from the AM-Nat conference, Mario Lopez points out the possibility that design itself may be able to serve as a neutral descriptor of what counts as science, where here “design” serves as a general description, not necessarily Intelligent Design.
|July 4, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Physics, Science, Video|
In this presentation, Tom Gilson describes regularism, intended to be a metaphysically neutral philosophy of science to replace methodological naturalism. Regularism is intended to focus on the things that the scientific methodology needs to operate properly rather than assumptions about what it will discover. Find out more information about the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism conference.
|June 24, 2016||Posted by News under News, Philosophy, Science|
From astronomy journalist Stuart Clark at Aeon: To get computer models to look similar to the Universe around us, cosmologists have assumed that around 96 per cent of matter and energy are in forms that we cannot directly detect. You might think that this would make cosmologists wary of relying on such hypothetical substances. Yet for […]
|June 20, 2016||Posted by News under News, Philosophy, Science|
From the Guardian: Jerome Ravetz has been one of the UK’s foremost philosophers of science for more than 50 years. Here, he reflects on the troubles facing contemporary science. He argues that the roots of science’s crisis have been ignored for too long. Quality control has failed to keep pace with the growth of science. […]
|June 19, 2016||Posted by News under Atheism, Philosophy, Religion|
Recently, our WJM offered: Debunking The Old “There Is No Evidence of God” Canard Atheists/physicalists often talk about “believing what the evidence dictates”, but fail to understand that “evidence” is an interpretation of facts. Facts don’t “lead” anywhere in and of themselves; they carry with them no conceptual framework that dictates how they “should” fit […]
|June 14, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Biology, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy|
In the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism conference, Paul Nelson gave a great talk on Design Triangulation – the inference from system-level functional necessity.
|June 10, 2016||Posted by News under Cosmology, Multiverse, News, Philosophy|
Repackaged by PBS as defending “beauty”: From PBS: For example, while the Large Hadron Collider has so far failed to show evidence of supersymmetry, many have essentially said that the collision wasn’t powerful enough or that some small modifications are all that’s needed to fit the theory they love with the data they gathered. “Supersymmetry […]
|June 7, 2016||Posted by News under Darwinism, Evolution, horizontal gene transfer, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, science education|
Today? Looking back on the Darwin-in-the-schools wars from the vantage point of rethinking evolution, one calls to mind textbook author Douglas Futuyma’s dictum: Darwin showed that material causes are a sufficient explanation not only for physical phenomena, as Descartes and Newton had shown, but also for biological phenomena with all their seeming evidence of design […]
|May 20, 2016||Posted by News under News, Philosophy, Science|
From Jonah Goldberg National Review: For starters, why are liberalism’s pet issues the lodestars of what constitutes scientific fact? Medical science informs us fetuses are human beings. The liberal response? “Who cares?” Genetically modified foods are safe, sayeth the scientists. “Shut up,” reply the liberal activists. IQ is partly heritable, the neuroscientists tell us. “Shut […]
|May 17, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Artificial Intelligence, Mind, Naturalism, Philosophy|
If humans are just meat robots, can we be rational creatures? Tim Stratton argues the case that libertarian free will is required in order to consider ourselves in any way rational – that if our decisions are solely the result of physics and chemistry, then we cannot then trust them to be rational in any […]
|May 16, 2016||Posted by William J Murray under Constitution, Culture, governance, Laws, Legal, Liberty, Philosophy, Psychology, Society|
Transgenderism is when a person considers themselves to internally be the opposite sex of their physical body. They mentally “self-identify” in contradiction to the physical fact of their body sex. Transgender law advocates insist that self-identified “transgenders” be given legal right to have unfettered access to all public facilities currently reserved for one sex or […]