Avoiding the Religion of Scientism

Several weeks ago, I posted a blog about my entry to Discover Magazine's "Evolution in Two Minutes" contest. Developmental biologist and outspoken atheist PZ Myers is judging the entries (still no word on the winner), and out of curiousity, I decided to visit his blog Pharyngula. Though it is supposedly a science blog, Myers posts [...]

The Science of Life

Daniel Dennett says biology is engineering. He argues that living organisms are machines, flattening the classical Aristotelian difference between natural and artificial. For Aristotle, natural things had their form and purpose internal to themselves, while artificial things were designed from without for a purpose other than themselves. Of course, the beauty of human art (film, [...]

Ongoing discussion on PZ Myers’ blog

Anyone interested in following the thread I've been participating in over on Myers' blog, here's the link: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/07/i_was_wondering_about_that.phpA little taste of what's been going on there (one of my posts): @ 201 John Morales writes: “those assumptions (of science) are that there is an external reality, and that it is consistent, and that only the [...]

Noospheric Evolution: Science and Religion

A few weeks ago, a contest put on by Discover Magazine was brought to my attention. The publication asked for short video submissions explaining evolution (by which they meant specifically Darwin's theory) in a lucid enough way that even the most dim-witted of creationists would be able to grasp it. From Discovery’s submission page: “Think [...]