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More on Pantheism

June 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Comment on Pantheism Stephen said, June 15, 2010 at 10:42 am · All laws are two-sided, even the 2nd law. What holds two-sided laws together is a middle-term that is strangely felt. Otherwise, comprehensible laws would remain incomprehensible, as Einstein sensed. Therefore, feeling transcends law, finding agreement with natural law while making new law. Therefore, […]

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Stuart Kauffman comments on Pantheism

June 15th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Stuart Kauffman comments on Pantheism This is the to be skewered Stuart Kauffman of Reinventing the Sacred: 1) If you are going to skewer me, do so by argument not by innuendo. 2) If you actually bother to read the book, you will find in Chapter 12 a serious, if scientifically improbable, but no longer […]

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Ridley review, and rational optimism

June 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Comment on Ridley book review post: Those interested in Ridley’s very good book might also wish to know about my own book, THE CASE FOR RATIONAL OPTIMISM (Transaction Books, Rutgers University, 2009), which makes quite similar points and arguments, but develops the case for optimism over a rather broader range of subject areas. See http://www.fsrcoin.com/k.htm […]

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Panentheism

June 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Comment from Stephen Smith on Pantheism: panentheism Panentheism provides a good alternative to Pantheism, and finds agreement with trinitarian philosophy and vitalism. Here is a good resource: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Panentheism/?yguid=93132757

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Big Science and intellectual imperialism

November 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Is Science Just A New Religion James said, November 6, 2009 at 6:04 pm · The issue is not “science vs. religion” or “faith vs. reason” but intellectual imperialism. You would have to be extremely stupid and/or brainwashed to not realize that this is a huge problem with Big Science. It is an […]

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Secularism and the Thirty Years War

August 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Confusions of Secularism James said, August 28, 2009 at 9:25 am ·“I identify secularism as a public philosophy of community life without God. Religion becomes private. This secularism accompanies the theory of secularization which holds that human beings are actively outgrowing religion.” Uh oh, that is a bad thing. You should try to […]

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Zimmer comment and response

August 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Zimmer comments on GW and (micro)evolution: Carl Zimmer said, August 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm The scientists I spoke to for this story are all evolutionary biologists. They work in departments of evolutionary biology. There is not some other department of “evolution proper” across campus. This is a story about evolution. That’s not me being […]

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Intelligentsia transmogrified into terminal Darwinians?

July 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Comment on With Darwinists, the only safe stance is paranoia James said, July 27, 2009 at 4:55 pm “It seems that the fate of Darwinists (and I hope not secularists) is to fall into a crystallized belief system.” I think the Darwinian worldview has too much momentum among the intelligentsia to lose at this point. […]

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Comments on Wright review

June 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Comments on Wright Review post James said, June 24, 2009 at 2:50 pm · “But aren’t Eastern religions like Buddhism and Hinduism actually more open to the idea that other religions can also be the path to truth and salvation? ” That’s laughable. Clearly, these two idiots are unaware of the long history of friction […]

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Comment on Whitewashing Darwinism

June 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Whitewashing Darwinism Stephen P. Smith said, June 13, 2009 at 8:06 pm · Here is more on this: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=100882 Steve (Hucklebird), this link is from ‘Wing Nut Daily’, a highly dubious source for anything.

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Toynbee’s usage of ‘postmodern’

June 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Liberal humanists, the tragic James said, June 11, 2009 at 1:33 pm · “Christianity was never meant to be an explanation of anything in the first place.” I have to wonder whether Eagleton is even sane with a quote like this. Eagleton shows all the signs of being self-undermined by the contradictions of […]

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Comment on Rising Above I.Q.

June 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Rising Above IQ The comment below is of interest, and useful, but caution is always required in this field. Thus I can’t as such endorse this comment.

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Neither side for autonomy…

May 25th, 2009 · 15 Comments

Comment of Religion within the Limits of Reason James said, May 25, 2009 at 2:13 pm · I don’t think the goal of either side is to support human autonomy (despite the animosity that these two sides have for one another, they really represent two sides of a single coin). One side wants us to […]

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Social Darwinists in the past (present) tense

May 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Weikart post James said, May 20, 2009 at 10:58 am · “Clearly the Darwin establishment is afraid of people reading this book, not because it has much about Hitler, but because it shows how so many intellectuals and academics were rank eugenicists and social Darwinists.” I wouldn’t use the past tense here. My […]

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1918 flu, a comment

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Microevolution and Swine Flu Bo Thompson said, April 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm · \ In 1918: In large U.S cities, more than 10,000 deaths per week were attributed to the virus. It is estimated that as many as 50% of the population was infected, and ~1% died. To compare, in “normal” (interpandemic) […]

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Overpopulation and economists

April 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Overpopulation Pete Murphy said, April 24, 2009 at 6:58 am · The biggest obstacle we face in changing attitudes toward overpopulation is economists. Since the field of economics was branded “the dismal science” after Malthus’ theory, economists have been adamant that they would never again consider the subject of overpopulation and continue to […]

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Comment on Nietzschean logic

April 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Nietzschean logic Stephen P. Smith said, April 21, 2009 at 9:25 pm Deductive logic is all about “conclusions logically compelled by their premises.” However, human logic is not contained by deductive thinking. There is also induction which grounds said premises. Moreover, there must also be a way to resolve deduction with its induction. […]

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Leaving Iraq…a comment

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Obama Obama was exposed well before the election in terms of is basic orientation and Washington connection, but I always gave him the benefit of the doubt. He wasn’t the person people thought. But then so what? The liberal world is so crippled that a cagey balancing act was needed, one that Obama […]

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Embracing mind

March 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Smith comments again on More on ‘end of history’,, with a link: Also, my review of B. Alan Wallace’s “Embracing Mind” is worth study if it is our hope to transform scientists and move them away from scientism: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1BGH92LKQ53DB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm Smith also recommends: See my review of Skrbina’s “Panpsychism in the West” for more about this […]

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