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Entries from July 2006

Why Kant?

July 30th, 2006 · No Comments

To further elaborate on the previous post in reply to Luke Rondinaro’s query on the use of Kant and Schopenhauer: This refers to the study of the ‘eonic effect’ and ‘eonic model’, not the general history of philosophy, which claims to have passed beyond Kant. In general Kant seems unpopular these days, as one philosophic […]

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Tags: Philosophy · The Eonic Effect

Wistar Symposium

July 15th, 2006 · No Comments

It is unfortunate that the famous text from the Wistar Symposium is not in print. It is one of the seminal critiques. All we get now is ID, ID, ID, with the real critics of Darwin being marginalized all over again.

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Tags: Evolution

Gurdjieff comment: a reply

July 9th, 2006 · 10 Comments

Thanks for your comment. Before pontificating on esotericism, tell me what is you connection with Gurdjieff? You read Ouspensky, and spend your time wishing you could find a fourth way school, but you never found one. As to my knowledge of Gurdjieff, I wouldn’t care to argue the point. I know more about sufism than […]

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Tags: New Age

Schopenhauer versus ID?

July 6th, 2006 · No Comments

Scream design?. I wonder how the explanatory filter would distinguish Schopenhauer’s ‘metaphysics’ of will from the lurking theological mythologies of the ‘scientific’ ID-ists. The answer is, it couldnt’. At least Schopenhauer was honest about the noumenal/phenomenal aspect of such questions, unlike ID vulgarians.

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Tags: Evolution · Philosophy

Islam, Armstrong, Axial Age

July 5th, 2006 · No Comments

Karen Armstrong had a clever and devious strategy, visible in her popularity with an Islamis audience. Here’s a review from a Moslem journal. This blog has repeatedly exposed the flaws in Armstrong’s ‘analysis’ (if it could be called that). Let it be noted that Christianity and Islam are NOT part of the Axial phenomenon. I […]

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Tags: Evolution

Evolution bloggers?

July 5th, 2006 · No Comments

NCSE plays cheerleader for the ‘straight doctrine’ science blogs. In fact, the public is completely ill-served by both the ID group and the Darwinian biologists. Darwinists almost seriously analyze criticism, apart from rote dogma repetition a la Talk.origins. It is all a propaganda game.

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Tags: Evolution

Muslim scientists and evolution

July 5th, 2006 · No Comments

Darwin and God

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

What is Enlightenment?

July 5th, 2006 · No Comments

People have been critiquing the Enlightenment from the moment of its birth. Further, the critique of the Enlightenment was invented by the men of the Enlightenment, witness Kant’s critique of reason. The one-dimensional ‘rationality’ of the positivists is an easy target for those whose anti-Enlightenment agenda is really anti-democratic retrogression. Reading Kant’s What is Enlightenment? […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age · Science & Religion

Metaphysics of ID/Evolution

July 5th, 2006 · No Comments

Cornelius Hunter at ID the Future seems to be regressing to the ‘critque evolution’ rut, when he should know the issue is natural selection. Design promoters must know how the public and general media often fail to achieve the distinction, and a certain sloppiness here plays to the gallery. In any case, the metaphysical aspect […]

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Tags: Evolution

There is a free lunch…

July 4th, 2006 · No Comments

Now online a free chapter There Is a Free Lunch After All: William Dembski’s Wrong Answers to Irrelevant Questions from Mark Perakh’s Why Intelligent Design Fails.

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Tags: Evolution

Gilder on info theory

July 4th, 2006 · No Comments

One thing I learned after the first edition of WH&EE was to make the eonic model completely free of numerical claims (the point was mentioned in passing in the preface). I hold no brief for George Gilder but it seems that some fairless harmless remarks on information theory get the full treatment by quibbles, here. […]

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Tags: Evolution

ID on media monopoly board

July 4th, 2006 · No Comments

Non-religiously motivated dissent from Darwinism. The ID movement acts as if they own Darwin criticism, but in fact everything that is sound they borrowed, and everything they contributed has totally confused the issue. Flush with rightwing cash, a marketable anti-Darwin product reduced to a streamlined hype, they have made the business of critiquing Darwin all […]

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Tags: Evolution

Mental block on probability

July 3rd, 2006 · No Comments

The sad truth is that a free probability textbook won’t help much (even as I eagerly download the file). It is my observation that the Darwin debate has destructively mangled ‘right math intuition’ in everyone it has touched. The damage can be seen in the way Fred Hoyle’s no doubt flawed but basically cogent probability […]

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Tags: Evolution · General

Evolution’s weaknesses?

July 3rd, 2006 · No Comments

A call to explain evoluton’s weaknesses shows how the ‘critics’ in the Creationist/ID camp exploit the ambiguity between ‘evolution’ and ‘natural selection’. The whole search for the ‘weaknesses’ gets the issue garbled.

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Tags: Evolution

The Political Brain

July 3rd, 2006 · No Comments

The Political Brain. A recent brain-imaging study shows that our political predilections are a product of unconscious confirmation bias All of this is, of course, ‘hard science’, but we will never see these techniques applied to scientists, or, oh yes, Darwinists.

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Tags: General