Atheism Darwinist rhetorical tactics FYI-FTR governance Governance & control vs anarchy Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

FYI-FTR: 07 demands a list of ten self evident moral truths (answered)

As the ongoing exchange on watersheds and dual mutually polarised slippery slopes continues, 07 has been demanding: 07, 536: I am still waiting on my list of 10 self evident moral truths. If anyone else can help Phinehas out that would be appreciated! He now stands answered in the very next comment, which I headline: Read More…

Atheism Darwinist rhetorical tactics FYI-FTR Governance & control vs anarchy Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

FYI-FTR: On justice and rights as manifestly evident natural moral law principles (and the early modern era reform of governance)

One of the themes that has come up in the ongoing exchanges on the perils of our civilisation (with homosexualisation of marriage under colour of law as a key case in point) is the issue of justice, rights and manifestly evident core principles of the natural moral law.  Given current trends, this issue is well Read More…

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FYI-FTR: Addressing ruthless radicalism (tied to evolutionary materialist scientism and radical secularism)

In recent days, WJM put up a post on the end or reasonable discussion that soon turned into sharp exchanges on hot-button issues, especially the homosexualisation of marriage. (For months there has been a lot of baiting in and around UD to pull us into a debate on such.) An underlying factor in such is Read More…

FYI-FTR Logic and First Principles of right reason Mathematics Science, worldview issues/foundations and society Selective Hyperskepticism Stirring the pot (tentative thoughts/explorations)

FYI-FTR: On Ehrlich’s unified overview of numbers great and small (HT: DS)

Over the past month in response to a suggestion on an infinite temporal past (and the counter argument that such is dubious), there has been quite an exchange on numbers. In that context, it is worth headlining FYI/FTR, HT DS, a unification with continuum — oops, link —  based on surreals discussed by Ehrlich: where Read More…

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FYI-FTR: William Lane Craig on Dawkins’ “New Atheism” Objections to Theistic Arguments

As we continue to respond to the abuse of curriculum authority that tried to present to 12 year olds in Texas that belief in God is in effect a culturally stamped but ill supported notion, it is appropriate to pause and watch how William Lane Craig responds to the sort of arguments presented by Dawkins Read More…

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FYI-FTR: Ravi Zacharias on the existence of God (for Jordan and other intelligent and brave 12 year olds)

As we continue to respond to the abuse of curriculum authority that tried to present to 12 year olds in Texas that belief in God is in effect a culturally stamped but ill supported notion, it is appropriate to pause and watch the always entertaining — and perfect for twelve year olds — but oh Read More…

Atheism Darwinist rhetorical tactics Education FYI-FTR Politics/policy and origins issues Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

FYI-FTR: Peter Kreeft on the rationality of belief in God

As we continue to address the abuse of curriculum authority that tried to present to 12 year olds in Texas that belief in God is in effect a culturally stamped but ill supported notion, it is appropriate to pause and watch Kreeft’s video lecture: [youtube gyrzhVvg3ws] Food for thought. END

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FYI-FTR: Addressing the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) parody on the Idea of God in Philosophy of Religion and Systematic Theology

As just noted, a discussion thread on responding to abuse of the privilege of developing and implementing curriculum has been trollishly hijacked in what looks like an escalation of the tactics coming from a circle of objector sites. At the end, on a topic dealing with 12 year olds, sexually tinged vulgarity has been injected Read More…

Back to Basics of ID Darwinist rhetorical tactics Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization FYI-FTR Intelligent Design

FYI-FTR (& BTB, 1a): A headlined response to LM: “you guys steadfastly refuse to offer any evidence at all for intelligent design or for the existence of an intelligent designer”

It has now been over a day since I responded to the above, and though LM has further commented in the thread, he has studiously refused to respond to the corrective. It is therefore appropriate to speak here for record, and in so doing it is necessary to point out the implications of LM’s speaking Read More…

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FYI-FTR, Attn LH: a Pepperoni Pizza, sliced . . .

Pizza, sliced: (Relevant to, is a finite whole greater than any of its proper parts?) BTW, Euclid, opening remarks: Axioms. i . Things which are equal to the same, or to equals, are equal to each other. ii . If equals be added to equals the sums will be equal. iii . If equals be Read More…

Darwinist rhetorical tactics FYI-FTR Logic and First Principles of right reason Science, worldview issues/foundations and society Selective Hyperskepticism

FYI-FTR: P burns down rationality in order to save “critical rationality”

Sometimes, it is a sad necessity to make a public example. In this case, P has been attacking not only inductive reasoning but chains of reasoning in general, in order to try to make the generic chaining of warrant illustrated in the following infographic — and especially its focus on the trichotomy, (i) infinite regress, Read More…

Atheism Darwinist rhetorical tactics FYI-FTR Science, worldview issues/foundations and society Selective Hyperskepticism

FYI-FTR: Part 13, Ongoing wedge tactics, polarisation and >>a curious thing>>

As was noted yesterday, psycho-social cascades can often create a locked-in, socially mutually reinforcing perception in a society at large or in a polarised sub culture, that can continue indefinitely. Regardless of true facts and duties of care to fairness. This is why the wedge document canard is particularly pernicious in and around discussions of Read More…

Atheism Creationism Darwinist rhetorical tactics FYI-FTR Science, worldview issues/foundations and society Selective Hyperskepticism

FYI-FTR: Part 12, More from Kuran and Sunstein; on “sheeple” mass pseudo-consensus by way of manipulating opinion (and policy . . . ) through cascade effects

It is worth pausing to pull up more from the rich motherlode of the Kuran-Sunstein Stanford law review article on opinion and reputation cascades, to help us understand what has been going on: >> the probability assessments we make as individuals are frequently based on the ease with which we can think of relevant examples.‘ Read More…

Atheism Darwinist rhetorical tactics Free Speech FYI-FTR Science, worldview issues/foundations and society Selective Hyperskepticism

FYI-FTR: Part 11, a paper on inducing mass pseudo-consensus

Today, I must postpone my intended next FTR, but I believe we will find very useful,  the Olin Foundation paper as captioned, with abstract: >>Availability Cascades and Risk Regulation Timur Kuran* and Cass R. Sunstein** An  availability  cascade  is  a self-reinforcing process  of  collective  belief formation  by which an expressed perception triggers a chain reaction Read More…

Atheism Darwinist rhetorical tactics FYI-FTR Science, worldview issues/foundations and society Selective Hyperskepticism

FYI-FTR: Part 10, In reply to RTH — >>your FYI / FTR posts are a bad idea >>

It is appropriate to pause a moment to reply to RTH at TSZ: >>your FYI / FTR posts are a bad idea. Here’s why: By not allowing criticism to be directly attached to them you are not proceeding in the most intellectually honest way. You keep relinking to them so criticisms have to be redrafted Read More…