“This will allow me to redouble my efforts at developing ID’s scientific research program.”
Over at his blog, Professor Edward Feser has been writing a multi-part critique of Professor Alex Rosenberg’s bestselling book, The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions. Rosenberg is an unabashed defender of scientism, an all-out reductionist who doesn’t believe in a “self”, doesn’t believe we have thoughts that are genuinely about anything, and […]
“Our study highlights the unexpected and dramatic consequences even subtle social signals in group settings may have on individual cognitive functioning.”
“It also activates at other times, for example in response to pleasant photographs and happy faces.”
“Until now, I believed religion was a matter of faith; people had little ‘practical’ use for religion,”
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Essentially, as forced on students in school, “evolution” has about the same teaching value as hip hop, Star Trek,, self-esteem courses, The Lord of the Rings, or teen vampire films. The thing either grabs your gut or it doesn’t.
Maybe Dennett is assuming his readers are too sophisticated to know any reason to doubt him.
The theory has been that iridescent colours should attract a mate, but …
The reviewer doesn’t convey a sense that the author grapples with the origin of the mental capacity for learning many languages, beyond identifying prompts whose value depends on an undiscovered country.
One troubling aspect of Charles Murray’s thesis is that he believes that intelligence is, generally, inherited.
“The education-reform debate in this country has a surreal quality to it.”
What a pity they didn’t mention “self-organization theory”! Then we could get James Shapiro up on the stand in the subsequent court case, to find out just how, exactly, it works.
The journalist imbibes, with his draft of lager, a Darwinist worldview in which there is some kind of “ascent” over time of nesting creatures, from less care to more care? Is there?
When Darwin’s lobby needed to denigrate Wallace, in order to support Darwin, they made his ID-type commitments explicit. Now, with ID’s greater cultural confidence, they need to confuse and efface them.