Category Archive: Science

Apr 25

Is naturalism a type of faith?

In this essay, I’m going to take on a common claim that a form of narrow naturalism can rightly be called faith. The form of naturalism I have in mind is one that says for any given unexplained event, it is overwhelmingly likely that the real explanation will be a naturalistic one. So, for example, …

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Mar 06

New Philosophy of Physics Blog

There is a new blog that I recommend you follow, if you’re interested in the philosophy of physics. http://philocosmology.wordpress.com/ I’m personally excited about this prospect because there should be top-notch philosophers involved, and I expect the discussion to reflect that. This means it offers an excellent learning opportunity within a very difficult subject. Physics rears …

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Feb 01

Doubting Science: The other tactic of creationists

Every year, Republicans in the Missouri House of Representatives bring forth a bill intelligently designed to undermine evolution. Usually, they attempt to mask this attack as an attempt to promote critical thinking in schools. This was the case in 2011 when HB 195 was introduced.[i] It was preceded by HB 1651 in 2010, and similar …

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Dec 16

Creationist Math

A common misconception is that evolution relies entirely on chance. For example, I once read part of a science textbook intended for homeschooling parents that included this analogy: Imagine a yard containing all of the parts of a working computer that has been disassembled and the parts have been strewn all over the yard. How …

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Dec 08

Repeating Nonsense

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I began listening to the debate on Naturalism vs. Theism between Jeffrey Jay Lowder and Phil Fernandes the other day. I’m about halfway through (it’s over two hours long) and, thus far, Lowder is “winning” decisively. There are several claims made by Fernandes that inspire a facepalm, but I found one claim especially annoying. You …

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Oct 27

Many Worlds and Ultimate Justice

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Here is a strange progression I just went through in my car. Suppose something like Everett’s many worlds hypothesis is correct. Under this, every possible outcome is equally real. There is a you reading this right now, a you who decided to eat a sandwich instead, and perhaps infinitely many other yous. It struck me …

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Aug 15

Mendeleev and the Fossil Record

What can the history of chemistry teach us about the popular-level objection to evolution regarding the “gaps” in the fossil record? I think we can gain insight from Dmitri Mendeleev and the creation of the Periodic Table of Elements. Mendeleev (1834 – 1907) sought to group the known elements in an organized and informative way. …

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Jul 13

The Paradox of the Ravens and Hypothesis Testing

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Generally speaking, when an atheist views the world, they tend to do so with a respect for hypothesis testing. We find something admirable in the notion that you can come up with predictions, test them in the real world, and the end results affect your view. Since very few things are certain, these outcomes generally …

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May 26

Francisco Ayala on Intelligent Design

The implication of Intelligent Design is that God is a very, very bad engineer. I mean, an engineer that we have design an eye with the optic nerve having to cross the retina would be fired. An engineer that would have designed the human jaw would be fired; I mean, our jaw is not big enough for all our …

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Feb 21

Is the eye irreducibly complex?

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The claim that the eye could not have evolved is clearly false.

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