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Faith vs. Fact? No, Jerry Coyne’s Theology vs. Whatever

Faith vs. Fact? No, Jerry Coyne’s Theology vs. Whatever

Book Review With all its sloppiness, error, and bias, it’s hard to know where to start in on evaluating Dr. Jerry Coyne’s latest book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Throughout the book I highlighted sentences and paragraphs where his facts were dubious or his reasoning questionable. My impression (I didn’t count) is that I averaged one of these “highlights” per page. Maybe I’m off by a factor of two, and there was just one every other…

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If You Believe Atheism Is True, Then Atheism Is False

If You Believe Atheism Is True, Then Atheism Is False

Reddit visitors, thank you for coming. See my notes at the end of the original post here, after you’ve read the post, of course. I wrote briefly last night about Alex Rosenberg, the atheistic philosopher who ended his debate with William Lane Craig by admitting he believes that no thoughts are about anything. He meant exactly that. No thought is about anything. This may come as rather a shock to some readers. It’s strange. It’s really strange. One consequence of…

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“The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society”

“The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society”

Book Review The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, edited by John G. West. This had to have been a labor of love. That’s the way I’ve always felt about C.S. Lewis: from fiction to philosophy, he’s a delight to read. And even though “serious” philosophers have pooh-poohed him as not being one of their number, well, he never claimed to be; and yet somehow he remains influential. Part of it’s because he has a way…

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Stenger Should Stick To Physics

Stenger Should Stick To Physics

Victor Stenger, atheist physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Hawaii, writes in New Scientist of why scientists ought to stick to their own competencies. Well, no, he doesn’t say that in so many words, in fact he tries to say the opposite, that science can judge against the existence of God. He tries, but he fails so miserably, the real lesson is what I have just said: stick to what you know, please, so you don’t embarrass yourself. The…

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Rejecting Knowledge for the Sake of Science?

Rejecting Knowledge for the Sake of Science?

Jerry Coyne and others may think it makes sense to reject knowledge for the sake of science. They’re wrong. Here’s a great case in point, though, from a transcription Coyne provided of a talk given by Michael Gazzaniga. “If you think about it this way, if you are a Martian coming by earth and looking at all these humans and then looking at how they work you wouldn’t—it would never dawn on you to say, ‘Well, now, this thing needs…

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“Singing Hymns to Gravity”

“Singing Hymns to Gravity”

I thought you might enjoy this, from Tom Graffagnino: Stephen Hawking has been talking, Hawking Faith in what’s unseen; Rub the lamp and there you have it! We can see just what he means! … Watch!….. Spontaneous Creation! All from Nothing like we thought… “POOF!”…… String Theory’s “multiverses” All strung out in Godless Noughts. Mental prestidigitation, Such Enchantment! Come and see! One more nabal-istic missile Launched through human history. Scientism’s ekklesia Heed the rebel spirit’s Call! Magik Gravity in action……

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Is It Rational to Believe in Spiritual Battle? (Part 2)

Is It Rational to Believe in Spiritual Battle? (Part 2)

Polls consistently show that most Americans believe in the existence of a devil. (Though I haven’t checked, I expect that number would be lower in other Western countries.) Belief in a devil is less frequent than belief in a God, and less respectable in many quarters. It’s controversial when a politician attributes some good event to God; how much more if he or she blamed Satan for something bad! There are some very good reasons for this, but there is…

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Where Can the Small Things Take You?

Where Can the Small Things Take You?

Where can the small things take you? Responding to my last point on the distinction between magic and supernaturalism, doctor(logic) offered this: When you make a voodoo doll, don’t you have to follow a recipe and include one of the victim’s hairs or possessions? That would mean that there’s a very specific relationship between the actions of the voodoo practitioner and the pain or death of the victim. There are laws that control the magic. Voodoo is predictable. Scientifically falsifiable,…

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The Will to Power–Is “Free Will” All in Your Head?: Scientific American

The Will to Power–Is “Free Will” All in Your Head?: Scientific American

This from Scientific American raises interesting questions regarding knowledge: The Will to Power–Is “Free Will” All in Your Head? The author, Christof Koch, apparently wants to balance philosophical questions with scientific ones. I appreciate his trying—but he doesn’t succeed. Not even if we ignore the oddly inappropriate allusion to Nietzsche in the title (for which Koch may not be responsible, as titles are often written by editors instead). His topic is the perceptual effects experienced by patients during brain surgery….

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