Category: Philosophy

When science is useless: on the lack of scientific demonstration for unguided nature

“Unguided natural processes.” If you follow Intelligent Design at all – or even just follow the yammerings of the crazier Gnu atheists – you’ve probably come across that term, or something like it in the past: the claim or idea that such and such natural processes occur utterly apart from any plan or direction. Behe […] more

My response to NCSE director Ann Reid’s article on Turtles

The new director of the NCSE, Ann Reid, is a fellow alum from the same institution as I, and in addition to my obligation to show her collegial courtesy, I feel in such high profile blog as hers, I should comment with as much eloquence and grace as possible. I would hope any IDists posting […] more

A little bad can be very good! Refuting the “bad design” argument.

[cross posted at CEU Insight and Inspiration. The essay is terse and is primarily oriented to high school seniors and college freshman struggling with their Christian faith, but presents the essentials in refuting the "bad design" argument. It links to revised essays that were edited and cleaned up from their original form at UD. The […] more

New book shows how questions from philosophy drive science

The people to whom philosophy is irrelevant are, on examination, beneath it. more

When scientism invades journalism …

It won’t matter what’s in the daily data dump because the pundits will tell us what to believe about it. more

Scientism’s popularity continues its downward slide

Now it’s a hernia clinic. more

Kirk Durston: Cosmologist Sean Carroll simply asserts “a conclusion with no supporting argument”

Durston: Defining the universe as ‘all that exists’ seems to be a rational inquiry stopper. more

On babies, bathwater, matters ontological and Plantinga . . .

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 […] more

The “D” of ID is science — lessons from our dealings with Nick Matzke

I have debated Darwinists for many years, and I don’t debate them in order to persuade them, but rather to humiliate their claims as best I can, and this is done by arguing from the most unassailable positions possible. A few months ago, in a discussion on The Fundamental Law of Intelligent Design, I pleaded […] more

Who just wouldn’t be accepted in the ID community?

A person who believes that there isn’t even any truth anyway, except that there is no “truth,” and neither his brain nor your brain evolved so as to understand that fact. more

Science, Worldviews & Society, 1: An argument from necessary (thus, eternal) truth to the reality of God as eternally contemplative . . . and, designing . . . Mind

This past month has been quite busy, and I have had but little time to respond to some questions on foundations of reality and modern theistic arguments from a budding young philosopher. (BTW, his 3 month post op check up has been positive I take occasion to publicly thank St. Georges Hospital, London and others.) […] more

The capriciousness of intelligent agency makes it challenging to call ID science

It would be an interesting debate as to whether legal decisions by juries are considered science. Does anybody really care whether a jury verdict is called science or non-science? Was the verdict against Jodi Arias for killing Travis Alexander science? Or how about the conviction of Bernie Madoff, is that science? Isn’t it more important […] more

C S Lewis on The Magician’s Twin . . . a video critique of Scientism

Let me cross-post and adapt, in further following up on the Nye-Ham debate, through exploring and replying to the underlying problem of scientism . . . the ideologisation of science: _____________ >> The following video critique of Scientism (science turned into ideology or quasi-religion and means of gaining power) based on C S Lewis’s thought, is […] more

Alvin Plantinga zaps the flying teapot

The entertaining thing about most philosophers being hard core atheists is that they tend to be conceited about their opinion and don’t even try very hard. So they are fun to set up. more

Cosmologist Sean Carroll would retire falsifiability as a science idea. Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci defends it.

Would it have been possible to develop a cosmology where avoiding the concept of God is a goal without the cosmology becoming a metaphysic? more

Making common cause with non-materialist atheists

Finally, at Nagel’s urging, Dembski followed up on Hawthorne and Nolan, and realized that they aren’t just more synchro handwavers; they have something to offer. more

Looking for a source? Try Sententias’ directories on hot topics in philosophy and science

Here are some directories that may help you find a name, a fact, or a representative article, if you must write something. more

ID Foundations, 21: MF — “as a materialist I believe intelligence to be a blend of the determined and random so for me that is not a third type of explanation” . . . a root worldview assumption based cause for rejecting the design inference emerges into plain view

In the OK thread, in comment 50, ID objector Mark Frank has finally laid out the root of ever so many of the objections to the design inference filter. Unsurprisingly, it is a worldview based controlling a priori of materialism: [re EA] #38 [MF, in 50:] I see “chance” as usually meaning to “unpredictable” or […] more

The Enlightenment and rational design of the universe

And what of the methodological naturalism that has replaced it? The view that nature is all there is.What has that produced? more

Being alone in the universe does not necessarily imply theism. Or even deism.

Being alone does, however, imply philosophy. That is, it means taking reality seriously. The monolith is not going to land and change everything. From that prospect, many today shrink. more

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