Philosophy posts

That concludes the God and Evolution Series

That's all I will post for now on God and Evolution. Here is the list of posts: 1.Introduction 2.The problem ...
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God and evolution 6: Is Darwinism atheism?

Many Christians and Muslims, and to a lesser extent Jews, think that Darwinian evolution requires or implies atheism, a charge ...
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God and Evolution 5: The problem of chance

Many religious thinkers hold that chance is the enemy of God. God is omniscient in many theisms, and so if ...
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Evolution quotes: The context of arguments

105. All testing, all confirmation and disconfirmation of a hypothesis takes place already within a system. And this system is ...
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God and evolution 4: The problem of Purpose B

Providence and plans The problem for theists is that most theisms assume that God has a plan. This is sometimes ...
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God and evolution 3: The problem of purpose A

The problem of purpose When Darwin published the Origin, he was lauded by his Christian friend and correspondent Asa Gray, ...
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Latest developments on the Synthese affair

Readers will recall that a couple of years ago, Synthese published a special issue on evolution that carried a scandalous ...
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God and evolution 2: The problem of creation

Objections to evolution from the particular perspective of religion come in three forms: the problem of creation, the problem of ...
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God and evolution 1

[I have decided to restart ET for a bit, but given my circumstances, it will be sporadic at best. This ...
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Knowing things in semantic space

For those who know this stuff, this will be quite banal, but I recently gave it to a non-philosopher science ...
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Education, Journalism and Science

My last rant was perhaps somewhat intemperate. Carl Zimmer, who along with Ed Yong I really respect as a science ...
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Drama, journalism and science

Recently the Jonah Lehrer scandal was raised again when he was paid $20,000 to speak on his journalistic dishonesty by ...
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My latest paper

Science & Education, February 2013, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 221-240 Biological Essentialism and the Tidal Change of Natural Kinds ...
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The relation of classification to abductive reasoning

In my last post, commentator DiscoveredJoys raised the question of abductive reasoning and how it relates to my claim that ...
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Pattern recognition: neither deduction nor induction

It occurs to me as I read Rosenberg’s Philosophy of Science (2005), that we tend in that field to classify epistemic activities ...
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More on reductionism

I am presently teaching in a history subject dealing with ideas of nature, and I notice that the historians we ...
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Gilbert White on Instinct: stepping back from Nature

In the course of helping teach a “History of Nature” course for Sara Maroske just lately, I re-encountered Gilbert White’s ...
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Chocolate history

Reader Jeb McLeish has brought to my attention an early attempt to do the metaphysics of chocolate: The Natural History ...
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