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Entries from June 2006

CAID on David Stove

June 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Conservatives against ID takes on David Stove and Coulter. Putting these two in the same category is unfair and a sign we are going to get methodological verbiage without much content. I think that, whatever its imperfections, Stove’s book (which I actually dislike in some respects for its conservative take on a few issues) is […]

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Tags: Evolution

Why are the ‘brights’ so stupid?

June 16th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Dennett at STN According to Dennett, religion is a meme that benefits humanity through the process of natural selection. . Dennett’s idea of memes is completely off. Applied to religion the results are silly. Religion has nothing to do with natural selection. Religions ‘evolve’ in their own fashion, as a look at the Axial Age […]

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Tags: Evolution

Will ID prevail?

June 15th, 2006 · No Comments

Will ID really prevail? Maybe Ann Coulter will prevail too. The middle class will lose their place in society, the fundamentalists will pray for the poor, and someone will try to start a movement based on a book called ‘ID on Trial’, but it won’t get published in the theocracy. Intelligent design will open doors […]

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Tags: Evolution

Armstrong, Axial ethos, vegetarianism

June 12th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Armstrong’s tiresome attempt to sausage up the Axial Age diversity into some common denominator, the ‘Axial ethos’, should be put to the test. I doubt if, put to the test, anyone would much care for some of the Axial ‘breakthroughs’: vegetarianism.

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Tags: Evolution

Gould’s failure

June 11th, 2006 · No Comments

Selection below my comments From Science for the People

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Tags: 1848+ · Evolution · The Eonic Effect

Bottom line on Demarcation Problem

June 11th, 2006 · No Comments

PT has a lot of good material on Laudan and the demarcation problem. Laudan’s well-known essay, “Demise of the Demarcation Problem”, in Michael Ruse’s But Is It Science?.

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Tags: Evolution · Philosophy · Science & Religion

Religion: balance of good and evil

June 9th, 2006 · No Comments

Judging religion is a bungled job on the part of most scientists. Dennett’s Breaking the Spell is so pitifully ignorant of what religion is that it discredits the stance of scientists in general. Religions deserve challenge, but to attack them on the basis of Darwinism backfires completely, and makes biologists look silly I see no […]

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Tags: Science & Religion