The relevance of ethical and worldview issues pivoting on scientific schools of thought

Atheism Science, worldview issues/foundations and society Society

“Rock Beyond Belief” (March 31, Ft Bragg, NC) flops, leaves questions as to why Prof Dawkins shared a stage with Aiden

While promoters of the US Army-hosted “Rock Beyond Belief” concert that featured prof Dawkins (of The God Delusion notoriety) and Aiden (the band behind the “Atheist’s anthem” vid that features a vampire clergy image and worse lyrics) projected 5,000 attendees, reports suggest a turnout of about 200 , mostly “civilian[s].” (One guesses, many would be Read More…

Intelligent Design Philosophy Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

PROGRESS REPORT: Responding to LT on Cause and Contingency as aspects of the first principles of right reason

This morning, on opening up my email acount, I encountered a comment from one of UD’s critics, LT, in which he pointed to this post at his blog, which begins: I am starting to come around to the way of thinking espoused by Kairosfocus [–>NB: I can claim no originality on this],  who has argued Read More…

Atheism Culture Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

Why is the debate over design theory so often so poisonous and polarised, 2? (A: sadly, blood libel.)

Last time around, last May, the heart of the answer was: . . . if clever but willfully deceptive rhetors — Ms Forrest, B, with all due respect; sadly,  this means you — can get away with strawmannising and dismissing design thinkers as “Creationists in cheap tuxedos,” where it has already been firmly fixed in Read More…

Intelligent Design Mind Philosophy Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

Q: Is Logic simply a matter of axioms at play in an abstract logical world unconnected to external reality? A: Nope

As we continue to look at the issue of first principles of right reason, one of the key steps being taken by critics of the Law of Non-Contradiction [LNC] is to assert that we are here dealing with axioms unconnected to the real world, at least in relevant cases. First, let us clip a recent Read More…

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Q: “What does the design theory debate have to do with the law of non-contradiction (LNC)?” A: “A lot!”

The latest flare-ups in the debates over design theory in and around UD have pivoted on the Law of non-contradiction; one of the most debated classical principles of logic. Why on earth is that so? The simple short answer is: if we are to make progress in debates and discussions, we must be at minimum Read More…

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Marking up ES’s attempted rebuttal of the Law of Non-Contradiction on perceived implications of Quantum effects

I have of course put in my own overall rebuttal to ES’s reply to SB’s challenge, but I feel a commentary on points will also be helpful. U/D, Feb 20: I have taken up the general LNC issue, here.) Such is best done using a full post, so, I clip from EL’s own post. My Read More…

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How dare you appeal to . . . conscious agents in science!

Sometimes, comments at UD can be quite revealing. Jan 25, AIG objected in the Shermer/Flannery Wallace debate thread in an inadvertently revealing way, which I have picked up: ___________ >>AIG: Re: questions of how, why, and “who” (the names of people involved [at Stonehenge etc]?) are secondary. We know that human beings were present at Read More…

Philosophy Science Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

Is Killing Scientists to Stop Their Research a Threat to Science?

I know – the answer seems obvious. But let’s put this in context. Iranian scientists are being killed, apparently in connection to their research on nuclear power. I’ll add that their deaths can’t reasonably be chalked up to collateral damage – say, someone blowing up a facility and a scientist ends up caught in the Read More…

Atheism Culture Darwinism Human evolution Racism Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

Unwelcome history: the roots and fruit of the Eugenics movement — “Eugenics is the self-direction of human evolution”

(NOTICE: Dr Larry Moran, the response to your assertions is here.) I see where UD’s News has let us know that the Eugenics Society’s papers will shortly be digitised and made available to the public. It is therefore appropriate to highlight again the Logo for the 2nd International Congress on Eugenics, with Alexander Graham Bell Read More…

Atheism Free Speech Racism Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

FOR RECORD: What we are dealing with . . . an example of web stalking and vandalism

This morning, I had occasion to visit a blog based course site I have developed, for working with a church in the Caribbean. This is a sample of the stalking and vandalism I discovered there, from the hate site owner: xxx, the religious wacko who owns and runs this site, blames all the world’s ills, Read More…

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FOR RECORD: CSU Professor Richard Weikart’s Lecture: From Darwin to Hitler

Since the question of the history of ideas roots of a certain Herr Schicklegruber’s thoughts seems to repeatedly come up, it is worth the while to here post the Lecture “From Darwin to Hitler,” by Prof Richard Weikart so that we all may see what he has to say: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt For Read More…

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Ideas for carrying design thinking forward into the world of education and industrial transformation

As we go into the holiday weekend, it may be worth the while to reflect on how design thinking and key associated ideas — here, especially the von Neumann self-replicator — could help play a role in transforming education, industry and agriculture. Details, here . . . A happy Christmas and a prosperous new year Read More…

Intelligent Design Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

NOTICE: Abusive spammers know (or should know) the price of dialogue on serious matters — basic civility

Pardon a moment. Just a notice to let the abusive spammers know that the price tag for serious dialogue is basic civility.  (And in some cases, a lot of uncalled for stuff — for cause — would have to be removed and apologised for. Why should I or any sensible person let you do the Read More…

Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

NOTICE, in response to attempts to play the “the God of the OT is a moral monster” distractive rhetorical games

Earlier today, I have had to deal with an attempt by a commenter who — for cause — was already of an ilk I have asked not to comment on threads I post here at UD, as such are simply rudely disruptive and distractive; making no genuinely positive contribution to serious dialogue. Given his insistence Read More…

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The mutilation of Bibi Aisha — a test case on the objectivity of moral judgements

Several days ago, UD news raised the above case, and the response of a class of students, as a test case on the objectivity of morality. Further details — and a shocking picture of a beautiful but mutilated girl that we all need to examine, painful or not — are here.  In deference to sensibilities, Read More…