“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…
Here’s the blurb for yet another stab at a materialist explanation of consciousness, demonstrating that fact:
It’s interesting how many atheists are pulling back from the materialist conclusions.
“Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains” – do they indeed? And just in time, too.
It’s not just a new take on the traditional idea of distracting oneself – mindfulness meditation works more reliably because it is a form of exercise.
“Consciousness seems especially useful for enabling behavior to be shaped by nonpresent factors and by social and cultural information, as well as for dealing with multiple competing options or impulses.”
“Of course, that was a hard place for me to get, coming from being a card-toting reductive materialist over decades.”
“The denial of free will takes various forms. One of the trendiest right now is the concept of ‘ego depletion’ … “
“Because many species of birds and mammal display good examples of problem-solving and planning,” she says, “this claim about rationality looks narrow and under-informed.”
Here’s a non-fascist approach: Politics does not change human nature; it is only a stage on which human nature displays itself.