I have already coined the term “Darwinist Derangement Syndrome.” See here. Closely related to DDS is MDS (“Materialist Derangement Syndrome”), which pathology Mark Frank aptly demonstrates in this exchange:
Barry: Here is a self-evident moral truth: “It is evil to torture an infant for personal pleasure.”
Usually you define self-evident as leading to absurdity. What kind of absurdity results from holding it is not evil to torture an infant for personal pleasure?
(We must have held this debate over 100 times on UD by now – but I never saw an answer to this).
Mark keeps asking over and over for someone to demonstrate to him why a self-evident truth is true, when he has been told over and over again that self-evident truths cannot be demonstrated – self-evident principles are not conclusions that one reasons to; they are premises upon which all reasoning is based.
Mark, maybe you will finally get it if you ponder these questions. What kind of absurdity would result from denying that:
That a proposition cannot be both true and false at the same time and in the same sense
That the sum of the angles of a triangle is 180 degrees
That you are conscious
That a finite whole is greater than or equal to any of its parts
BTW, you also suggest that William Lane Craig would deny that it is evil to torture an infant for personal pleasure. This statement is outrageously false. Do you have no shame sir?
Alan Fox comes in a close second with this gem of MDS:
Comment 57 posted at 3:14: “Moral absolutes, there ain’t!”
Comment 58 posted at 3:20: “all [people] deserved the universal right to life.”
Psychologists talk about the concept of “cognitive dissonance,” the discomfort experienced when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting beliefs. People cope with cognitive dissonance by engaging in dissonance reduction. Alan appears to be able to deny a concept and then affirm it six minutes later. His dissonance reduction coping strategies must be a marvel to behold. Alternatively, Alan may well be a closet ID proponent shilling as a materialist. That would make sense.