“… paradoxically enough, this passion had less to do with philosophy than with blasphemy, hypochondria, and a cheerful and Frankensteinian hubris.”
“… an incremental adaptation based on earlier forms of intelligence that no one would regard as faintly omniscient.”
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…
“The native languages here in the Pacific Northwest (USA and British Columbia) may have the second most complex sound systems and they also are very far from South Africa.”
“Deciding who’s cleverest between left and right is like” …
Inasmuch as the paranormal and spiritism are “personal”, possessing the characteristics of contingent personality, then it is dangerous to study them as a machine.
The “it’s-in-the-genes” approach to genetic inheritance overlooks the fact that an inheritance of any kind is an opportunity, not a prophecy.
“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,”
“Beware of those who make grandiose claims. Check the AITSE bunk detecting principles. “
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…
“Scientists in Japan say that the mould shows unlikely signs of intelligence.”
“Is there a third way between Darwinian normative nihilism and theism?” Barham thinks yes.
In answer to the question, I suggest that they have. Materialist philosophy inevitably leads to transparent absurdities and self-contradiction, whether moral relativism (a truth claim about morality that no truth claims about morality are valid), or that random errors can produce sophisticated information-processing technology (for which there is no evidence and much disconfirming evidence). The Read More…