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Month: March 2011

I didn’t know it hurt till they put my head in a scanner

I didn’t know it hurt till they put my head in a scanner

To be filed under the heading, “Neuroscience News Flash: Rejection Is Painful” The regions of the brain that respond to physical pain overlap with those that react to social rejection, according to a study that used brain imaging on people involved in romantic breakups. “These results give new meaning to the idea that rejection ‘hurts.’” [From PsycPORT Article] I just love the way neuroscience adds to our insights. No, check that sarcasm. I think there’s a lot to be gained…

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Contact Page Failure

Contact Page Failure

If you’ve used the contact page to try to reach me in the last two weeks, please go there and try again. I just found out it hasn’t been working; I haven’t been receiving messages sent from there lately. The current configuration is fine.

Funniest Phishing Scam Yet

Funniest Phishing Scam Yet

I needed a laugh this morning. I got one by way of an email supposedly from Cox, our family’s Internet provider, but with a “Reply-to” address of …@qatar.io. The body of the message reads: Attention, We are bringing to your notice that our customer service will be damaging down some email users in our database, due to the high number of different emails that has been violated by our email policy, terms and conditions Provide us with the below info…

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“God’s Wife Edited Out of the Bible — Almost : Discovery News”

“God’s Wife Edited Out of the Bible — Almost : Discovery News”

Okay, all you Old Testament scholars out there: is there at least one other possible explanation for this? I mean, besides the ridiculously impossible one suggested here? God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar…. “After years of research specializing in the history and religion of Israel… I have come to a colorful and what could seem, to some, uncomfortable conclusion that God…

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The Power of Science to Overturn Theism?

The Power of Science to Overturn Theism?

Recent combox discussion got me to re-reading a Barbara Forrest Paper on naturalism. It is at one and the same time an atheistic and a scientistic mess. For example, she quotes extensively from Arthur Strahler, “a geologist who has taken particular interest in the claims of supernaturalists to be able to supersede naturalistic explanations of the world.” At one point she injects this: Strahler makes another point that is important to the understanding of philosophical naturalism: the metaphysical adequacy of…

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Earliest Christian Documents Discovered?

Earliest Christian Documents Discovered?

This just in by email from a friend: from BBC News – Jordan battles to regain ‘priceless’ Christian relics: A group of 70 or so “books”, each with between five and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings, was apparently discovered in a remote arid valley in northern Jordan somewhere between 2005 and 2007…. They could be the earliest Christian writing in existence, surviving almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. They could, just possibly, change our understanding of how…

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Methodological Naturalism and Regularism: A Postscript

Methodological Naturalism and Regularism: A Postscript

I’ve finished this series; I’ve said what I intended to say about Methodological Naturalism, except for this: I’m regarding it as only a first draft. I plan to write it up as a unified article, removing redundancies, clarifying arguments, incorporating further research, especially from Robert Pennock, and including more ideas from comments. I appreciate any feedback you might be able to offer before I do that. For notification when I publish the revision, you can subscribe to the RSS feed…

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Regularism: A Better Alternative to Methodological Naturalism

Regularism: A Better Alternative to Methodological Naturalism

(Update 3/29: Please regard this series as a first draft with important revisions yet to come.) I have just completed an argument to the effect that “Methodological Naturalism” (MN) is a false and flawed requirement for the practice of natural science. MN’s assumptions are theological rather than scientific, as witnessed by the fact that there is at least one form of “Methodological Theism” with equivalent implications for the practice of science. MN’s theological assumptions are disputable, and they are not resolvable…

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Why Scientists Should Reject Methodological Naturalism

Why Scientists Should Reject Methodological Naturalism

(Update 3/29: Please regard this series as a first draft with important revisions yet to come.) Review In three prior posts in this series I shown that Methodological Naturalism (MN) relies on assumptions that are: Theological rather than scientific Disputable rather than firmly established Unnecessary rather than required for science In particular I have shown that an attitude of methodological theism could be defended as appropriate to the practice of science. If that is so, then the choice of methodological naturalism…

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