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 email@example.com (200-500 words)
E-conference is available.
Blyth previously hosted the Engineering and Metaphysics conference, with proceedings.
From News: Methodological naturalism is Darwin’s sucker punch: Science is coterminous with naturalism. The purpose of science, therefore, is to come up with theories that are in line with and support naturalist (nature is all there is) explanations. If those explanations seem weak (cf crackpot cosmology and evolutionary psychology) , we must wait for better naturalist explanations.
No other explanations, however informative by comparison or supported by evidence, can in principle be science. So, for example, if consciousness cannot satisfactorily be explained by naturalism, it is quite reasonable to say that it doesn’t exist. For lots of reasons, science needs to get past naturalism
See also: Was Methodological Naturalism a Product of the Scientific Revolution in the 16th and 17th centuries?
Exposing the Hoary History of Methodological Naturalism: Does it really go back to the Middle Ages?
Is methodological naturalism a defining feature of science? (Part One)
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