Philosophy posts

Accommodating science: Strategy

[This is part of the final chapter. It is unfinished, but I have to move on to some other activities, ...
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Accommodating science: Faith and reason

[This is the penultimate chapter. I can’t be bothered trying to get the references or footnotes included in the posts, ...
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Accommodating science: Evolution and change

Robert J. Berry is a geneticist at University College London. He is also an evangelical Christian and has written a ...
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Accommodating science: Geology and Time

Some religions have no real view of history, while others hold to some kind of eternal cycle, but the western ...
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Accommodating science: Astronomy

If science and religion do conflict, what are the points of conflict that have occurred? These tend to have arisen ...
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Carroll v. Craig – a telling comment

Sean Carroll just debated William Lane Craig. In his summing up, Sean wrote In terms of style, from my perspective ...
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Accommodating Science: Unpicking the arguments

So given that it is not entirely clear what religion is, or even what science is, it would help if ...
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Accommodating Science: What is the problem?

[As I write the first draft of my accommodationism book, I will post chapters here under the Category "Accommodationism". Here ...
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Undefining religion

[This will be a series of posts based on a book I am writing – see last post] When anthropologists ...
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Can Religion Accommodate Science?

Recent posts and stuff online has led me to suspect it would be worthwhile my writing a book on this ...
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Degrees of religion

Larry Moran quotes Jason Rosenhouse disputing Phil Plait: So, after all, that, let us return to Plait’s argument. He tells us ...
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Books I am reading/reviewing

Despite marking scores of essays, after having taught a subject intensive, and preparing various papers, I get to review some ...
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Science outreach: A conversation

From the Freethinkers Blog Con: With PZ Myzer and Aron Ra ...
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How to argue with silly thing believers

[Apologies this took a while; I’ve been rather sick] So, given all this [Why believers believe silly things, why they ...
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The “developmental hypothesis” of belief acquisition

In the last two posts I have discussed why members of belief-groups have silly beliefs (that is, beliefs that the ...
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Why do believers believe THOSE silly things?

If, as I argued in the last post, believers believe silly things in order to make the community cohere in ...
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Why do believers believe silly things? The function of denialism

Bishop Butler wrote in a sermon in 1729: Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them ...
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The discrimination of the age

There are many kinds of undue and harmful discrimination in modern society, all of which collectively tend to privilege a ...
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Natural classification

It occurs to me that I haven’t plugged my own book here. What a failure on my part! It was ...
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The problem with logic

When teaching students critical reasoning it is an article of faith that we should teach them logic. Of course, we ...
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