|April 24, 2015||Posted by News under Education, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, News, Philosophy, Science|
The transformation of science from a method to a metaphysic? In a review of William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, historian Jackson Lears writes (Commonweal): It is a platitude that we cannot defend the humanities without slipping into platitudes. Why is that? Part of […]
|April 21, 2015||Posted by News under Naturalism, News, Philosophy|
Interesting piece on John Searle by Frank Free man at Weekly Standard: Mistake Number One is the idea “that there is some special problem about the relation of the mind to the body, consciousness to the brain, and in their fixation on the illusion that there is a problem, philosophers have fastened onto different solutions […]
|April 19, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
Further to Barry Arrington’s UD’s Helpful List of Materialist Dodges, I’ve been know to accuse science writers of waving pom poms and loudhailers. Two types of expressions come to mind that generally fit the description of boilerplate. 1. Claims that science is described as uniquely self-correcting. Rubbish. Business is self-correcting too (market discipline). So is […]
|March 26, 2015||Posted by News under Books of interest, Cosmology, Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy|
Except in this case?: Philosopher of science Massimo Pigliucci (defender of falsifiability*) offers a thoughtful review of The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time by by Roberto Mangabeira Unger and Lee Smolin: Before we get to what the authors set out to accomplish, it is worth discussing a more basic premise of the book: […]
|March 24, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intellectual freedom, Philosophy, Science|
In his first inaugural address, President Obama pledged to “restore science to its rightful place.” But has the Obama Administration restored science or abused it? In this talk based on the expanded paperback edition of his book Darwin Day in America (ISI Books, 2015), political scientist John G. West will examine how the Obama Administration […]
|March 23, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Just For Fun, News, Philosophy|
And remains fun! If you “didn’t get” a given sendup of a famous philosopher, produced by software guy Corey Mohler of Portland, Oregon (here too), you get a brief explanation of the joke – but it works. See, for example, Turing Test Peter Singer investigates a basement flood Philosophy zombie The funniest one must be the […]
|March 22, 2015||Posted by News under News, Peer review, Philosophy, Science|
In Everyone, Even Jenny McCarthy, Has the Right to Challenge “Scientific Experts,” science writer John Horgan challenges colleague Chris “war on science” Mooney: I had a similar reaction when I spotted the headline of a recent essay by journalist Chris Mooney: “This Is Why You Have No Business Challenging Scientific Experts.” Similar, that is, to his […]
|March 16, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
Here: Science is the use of observation to guide thinking about the world to understand it. This grand, idealistic, with-a-big-S Science is not broken. However, much of the actual, concrete with-a-small-s science, i.e. the activity of scientists today, is not good Science. Some aspects of how modern science works go against the principles of Science. […]
|March 8, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, News, Philosophy, Science|
It’s why we pay taxes for this stuff: I had occasion to read a rather lengthy essay this week by the Washington Post’s science reporter, Joel Achenbach, which left me feeling not only annoyed but somewhat insulted. Titled, “Why science is so hard to believe” the article didn’t spend much time talking about specific theories […]
|March 7, 2015||Posted by News under Philosophy, Science|
Jonathan Witt here: For instance, through much of the nineteenth century, the scientific consensus was that microscopic life was relatively simple, little more than microscopic sacks of Jell-O. The scientific community also accepted the idea of spontaneous generation—that creatures sprang to life spontaneously out of things like dew and rotting meat. Taken together, these pieces […]
|March 4, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Multiverse, News, Philosophy, Science|
Here at Science Friday: are excerpts from Brockman’s latest, This Idea Must Die : Seth Lloyd: Suppose that everything that could exist does exist. The multiverse is not a bug but a feature. We have to be careful: The set of everything that could exist belongs to the realm of metaphysics rather than physics. Tegmark […]
|February 16, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
Prediction: To the extent that science is dominated by naturalist atheists, falsifiability will not survive as a criterion. And the next war will be against the idea of evidence.
|February 11, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mind, Philosophy, Science|
Science has not discovered that there is no free will. But politics certainly did.
|February 7, 2015||Posted by News under News, Philosophy|
What if there were two of you?
|January 28, 2015||Posted by Eric Anderson under Atheism, Philosophy, Religion|
I rarely set foot in a bookstore, having long ago succumbed to the Amazon.com convenience. But Saturday my son had an urge to buy some comic books — and he had to have them now. He waited semi-patiently, with regular reminders throughout the day of his desire — nay, his urgent need — to go […]
|January 9, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
Author of Evolution: A theory in crisis (which he has often said should have been called “Darwinism: A theory in crisis
|December 14, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Physics|
Many great physicists had a mystical bent, contrary to what we’d mostly hear from the current science blogs.
|December 3, 2014||Posted by News under Intellectual freedom, News, Philosophy, Science|
Yes, but you must be allowed to think that, Massimo, without getting your head bashed in.
|November 29, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy|
A recent research project critiques … appeal to physics to attempt to establish metaphysical conclusions.
|November 23, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Philosophy|
Monton: I’ve been unhappy with the administration’s recent treatment of me and others in the philosophy department