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The United Methodists and NOMA

Before I put the issue with the United Methodist Church and Discovery Institute to rest, I want to make one last comment on the UMC’s Statement on Science and Technology, which I wrote about the other day. One of the most significant assertions in the statement is “We preclude science from making authoritative claims about Read More…

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Faith and Science — the Confused View of the United Methodist Church

I’ve already written here about the recent dust-up between the United Methodist Church (UMC)and Discovery Institute. Being involved with this has caused me, as a United Methodist, to take a closer look at some of the official statements of the UMC on science. As regular UD readers will likely know, the church has banned Discovery Read More…

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Meeting: Alternatives to methodological naturalism

  April 16, 2016 online From Blyth Institute: We are pleased to announce the 2016 Conference on Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism, which aims to explore new methodologies that can be employed in a variety of disciplines that are not based on methodological naturalism. E-mail proposed abstracts to info@blythinstitute.org (200-500 words) More. E-conference is available. Blyth previously hosted Read More…

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Is reality information?

Wouldn’t that make information reality? From Rachel Thomas’ evaluation of the work of physicist John Archibald Wheeler at PlusMaths: Wheeler categorised his long and productive life in physics into three periods: “Everything is Particles”, “Everything is Fields”, and “Everything is Information”. (You can read more about his life and work in his autobiography, Geons, Black Read More…

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The Dover case, John West, and intelligent design

Recently, Evolution News & Views has been discussing the decade-old Dover case that, in my view, cleared the decks for serious discussions about Darwinism. No surprise, lots more people express doubts, now that the failing American school system is no longer  an issue. West, a director at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture Read More…

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Methodological naturalism: Darwin’s sucker punch

From Steve Meyer, author of Darwin’s Doubt, The discovery of digital code, hierarchically-organized information processing systems, and functionally-integrated complex circuits and nano-machinery would in any other realm of experience immediately and properly trigger an awareness of the prior activity of a designing intelligence — precisely because of what we know from experience about what it Read More…

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Naturalism, it turns out, is no match even for the animal mind

From Evolution News & Views: What can we hope to learn about animal minds? Consciousness (a mind) perceives and acts on information. But there are at least two — more basic and probably unconscious qualities — that distinguish life from non-life, and seem to act by processing information: self-preservation and adaptability. Life forms constantly try Read More…

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Lottery luck exceeds number of electrons in universe?

But isn’t that precisely what naturalism teaches about everything? Further to When organized crime got ID? (There always needs to be someone whose knowledge is in fact an intelligent commentary for a naturalist theory of mind to be valid, which means by definition that it isn’t), cheating supposedly random lotteries is once again in the Read More…

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Pew Research: Highly religious Americans less likely to see faith-science conflict

Here. Highly religious Americans are less likely than others to see conflict between faith and science. People’s sense that there generally is a conflict between religion and science seems to have less to do with their own religious beliefs than it does with their perceptions of other people’s beliefs. Less than one-third of Americans polled Read More…