|April 3, 2016||Posted by vjtorley under Culture, Intelligent Design, Mind, Philosophy, Religion|
Recently there has been a spate of newspaper reports extolling Denmark as the world’s happiest country. Secular liberals often point to the Scandinavian countries as an earthly paradise, when compared with what they see as a broken-down, inegalitarian, hyper-religious United States. Are they right? I decided to check out the facts, and here’s what I’ve […]
|March 26, 2016||Posted by News under Natural selection, News, Philosophy, Science|
A friend writes to note what philosopher of science, John Elof Boodin (1869-1950), had to say about natural selection: The principle of natural selection is indeed an important contribution to biology. But it is a negative, not an architectonic, principle. It does not explain why variations appear, why they cumulate, why they assume an organization […]
|March 23, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
For those interested in attending, the AM-Nat Conference Schedule has been posted. If you want to find more detail about any of the talks, you can find them on the summary page.
|March 20, 2016||Posted by News under Mind, Naturalism, News, Philosophy, Religion|
That is, are our brains shaped for fitness, not for truth? From a review in Catholic World Report: We began…by noting that our view of consciousness is the new field upon which the academic and cultural battle between materialism, panpsychism, and transcendentalism is being waged. We now see that the outcome of this battle […]
|March 20, 2016||Posted by News under Mind, Naturalism, News, Philosophy|
From Aeon: Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy (2011) vs. Jules Evans, Policy Director, Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary U London: NW: I suppose this all turns on what you think philosophy is. I see philosophy as an activity of thinking critically about what we are and where […]
|March 13, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Mathematics, Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
One common criticism of the upcoming Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism conference has been that “scientists just follow the evidence where it leads.” Even among fellow ID’ers who disagree with methodological naturalism, they find it difficult to envision why we would need an alternative that is different from “just go with the evidence.” The answer is […]
|March 11, 2016||Posted by News under News, Philosophy, Science|
And proud of it? Policy analyst Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry offers one suggestion at The Week, ripping off science presenter Bill Nye, holding forth on the uselessness of philosophy: Many, though certainly not all, of the scientists who opine loudest about the uselessness of philosophy are public atheists. The form of atheism they promote is usually known […]
|March 11, 2016||Posted by News under Culture, Education, Mathematics, News, Philosophy, Science|
And literacy. From qz: Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year significantly boosted their math and literacy skills, with disadvantaged students showing the most significant gains, according to a large and well-designed study (pdf). More than 3,000 kids in 48 schools […]
|March 10, 2016||Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
From Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week, written by a couple of paleo types: Stop writing “scientists believe” This one is for journalists and other popularizers of science. I see a lot of people writing that “scientists believe” this or that, when talking about hadrons or hadrosaurs or other phenomena grounded in evidence. Pet peeve: […]
|March 10, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
Just a quick reminder to everyone that if you want to present at the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism Online Conference, you have until March 15th (that’s Tuesday) to submit your abstracts!
|March 8, 2016||Posted by vjtorley under Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Science|
A week ago, I wrote an article, Feet to the fire, in response to Dr. Stacy Trasancos’s essay, Does Science Prove God Exists? Dr. Trasancos has been gracious enough to respond to my article. In this post, I’d like to make a final reply, and I will happily give her the last word, if she […]
|March 8, 2016||Posted by Barry Arrington under Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Science|
Nye sounds like old Uncle John discoursing on the “big issues” after six beers, except he is stone sober. Check it out: Why Are So Many Smart People Stupid About Philosophy?
|March 7, 2016||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Philosophy|
Philosopher and photographer Laszlo Bencze was complaining to us recently, The real problem with infinity as I have come to realize is not the mathematics and logic of it. Rather it’s that just about everybody has a firm opinion on the topic. Yes they do. Average people who haven’t cracked a math text since they […]
|March 2, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
The list and scope of presenters at the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism conference continues to grow. The conference committee is very pleased with the response to the conference so far. Register today to be a part of it!
|February 28, 2016||Posted by vjtorley under Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Religion|
Stacy Trasancos, a homeschooling mother of seven with a Ph.D. in chemistry and an M.A. in Dogmatic Theology who is an Adjunct Professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, has penned a thoughtful essay over at the Catholic One Faith blog titled, Does Science Prove God Exists? Her answer, in a nutshell, is that while […]
|February 26, 2016||Posted by DLH under Atheism, Big Bang, Books of interest, Cosmology, ID Foundations, Intelligent Design, Of General Interest, Origin Of Life, Philosophy, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Criminologist and former atheist Mike Adams summarizes the three foundational philosophical alternatives to the Cosmos: First, we can say that it came into being spontaneously – in other words, that it came to be without a cause. Second, we can say that it has always been. Third, we can posit some cause outside the physical […]
|February 22, 2016||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy|
Starting our day’s coverage off right, we note a letter to the editor of the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), warning a disbelieving world: In his Feb. 12 letter to the Argus Leader asserting “intelligent design is evidence-based and is science,” Bill Harris tells us he is a “Ph.D., professor of medicine, Sanford School […]
|February 17, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
The Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism conference is doing a design contest with a cash prize.
|February 8, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
I am pleased to announce that the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism 2016 online conference (AM-Nat) is now open for registration. The conference is online, so everyone who wants to attend should be able to do so easily.
|February 7, 2016||Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Philosophy|
A friend draws our attention to Anthony O’Hear: Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, editor of the journal Philosophy, author of many books on the subject, and was formerly Government Advisor on Education and Teacher Training. He is a philosopher with a special interest in education. Friend offers some notes to the vid lecture […]