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Why Is the Christian Subculture Still So ‘Mindless’? Apologetics' Wrongest Answer: Thinking This Problem Comes From Too Few Answers

Why Is the Christian Subculture Still So ‘Mindless’? Apologetics' Wrongest Answer: Thinking This Problem Comes From Too Few Answers

A Facebook friend raised this tough question: We now have a veritable Apologetics Industrial Complex. A nerd like William Lane Craig (no insult intended–I am a certified nerd myself) can be a kind of superstar. We have more quality seminaries churning out more Evangelical DMins and PhDs than ever before. Yet the mindlessness of the American conservative Christian subculture as a whole has never been more pronounced than it is now. What are we doing wrong? Great question! Urgent question,…

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Evidence for God: Humanness and the Interaction Problem

Evidence for God: Humanness and the Interaction Problem

Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith Ah, the interaction problem finally appears on the stage. I was expecting it to arise in the course of my discussions about humanness and evidence for the faith. I had decided not to include it until someone brought it up.  The question is: if the physical brain is not the whole story, and if human mind is immaterial, how does that immaterial mind interact with the physical world? Not Ruled Out…

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No Drugs to Build Character

No Drugs to Build Character

We have pills and injections (dangerous and illegal, mostly) to build bodily strength. We have pills and injections to treat mental fatigue, mood disorders, bad habits, psychoses, and other mental deficiencies. But we have no drugs to build character strength, or virtue. Why is that? Oxytocin can enhance openness, generosity, and trust, but not in a self-aware, self-giving manner that observers would typically describe as virtue in action. We have no drugs to build genuine other-orientedness. We have a lot…

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Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos: Not Quite Real Enough

Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos: Not Quite Real Enough

Book Review Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False by Thomas Nagel Fact: Human consciousness is real. Fact: Human rationality is real. Fact: Human value judgments refer to real truths. Fact: All of this is impossible on a materialist Neo-Darwinian conception of nature. So says Thomas Nagel, the highly distinguished philosopher on faculty at New York University. From the above, one might expect him to number himself among the proponents of Intelligent Design, and…

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Immaterialism Has Little To Fear

Immaterialism Has Little To Fear

The current Philosophia Christi (14:1) includes Michael Tooley's “strongest argument for materialism,” specifically the belief that there is no soul, no immaterial mind, nothing to explain human mental and behavioral conditions except the physical brain. His explanation of that argument begins here: One can treat the proposition that humans have immaterial, rational minds as a scientific hypothesis, and then subject that hypothesis to scientific investigation. Following that he lists several well-known facts of neuroscience showing that our actions and behaviors…

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Zombies: The Movie

Zombies: The Movie

Paul, frequent commenter here, sent me this link by email: Overcoming Bias: Zombies: The Movie. Some excerpts: DOCTOR: David! David Chalmers! Can you hear me? CHALMERS: Yes. NURSE: It’s no use, doctor. CHALMERS: I’m perfectly fine. I’ve been introspecting on my consciousness, and I can’t detect any difference. I know I would be expected to say that, but – The DOCTOR turns away from the glass screen in horror. DOCTOR: His words, they… they don’t mean anything. … OFFICER 1:…

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Mind and Brain: Philosophy or Science?

Mind and Brain: Philosophy or Science?

Denyse O’Leary was the co-author (with Dr. Mario Beauregard) of a book on mind and brain I reviewed in the April issue of Touchstone magazine: The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul. Beauregard has published research (see links from here) challenging some neuroscientists’ view that spiritual experiences can be explained through physical brain science alone, and this book covers his work while also challenging those other scientists’ conclusions, and even their often-questionable research methods. A…

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“Dementia diagnosis brings relief, not depression”–Why?

“Dementia diagnosis brings relief, not depression”–Why?

This made absolutely no sense to me at first: ‘The major finding is that both patients and their families feel relief, not increased anxiety, upon learning the [Alzheimer’s] diagnosis,’ says study co-author John C. Morris, M.D., the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Distinguished Professor of Neurology and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centre. ‘Nobody wants to hear the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, but even that is preferable to recognising there’s a problem and not knowing what it is….

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