PZ Myers’ will never believe in God

PZ Myers' blog post: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/10/eight_reasons_you_wont_persuad.php Some excerpts from my comments (beginning around #403): The sort of god PZ has decreed impossible to believe in has little in common with Augustine's, or Plotinus', or Aquinas', or with any other great theologian's God. Natural science is epistemically closed to theological issues, not because they are unreal, but [...]

Pushing back against Positivism

I felt like giving my two cents over at Pharyngula again. My response is copied below. I fear I repeat myself too much, but I just can't help offering philosophical resistance whenever I come across scientism. Humanity has no future if meaning continues to be reduced to the measurable and culture to the technologically useful. [...]

Consciousness of Science, post at PZ Myers’ blog Pharyngula

Link to Pharyngula ...To believe self-consciousness can be accounted for in purely neurochemical terms is simply a category mistake. Empirical science presupposes self-consciousness, otherwise scientific reasoning would not be possible. Science cannot explain self-consciousness mechanistically without calling into question its own privileged epistemic status. Natural science attempting to explain consciousness in terms of brain mechanisms [...]

Response to PZ Myers on Science and Philosophy

A link to PZ Myers' post that I'm responding to: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/02/criticism_deferred_but_buildin.php A link to my first comment (also pasted below): http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/02/criticism_deferred_but_buildin.php#comment-2256674 You'll have to refer to the link above if you want to see the other comments I am responding to below, though I do repeat them in brief in my own responses. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------# 168: [...]

Response to PZ Myers on the Philosophy of Science

The following was posted on PZ's blog, Pharyngula, in response to this entry: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/10/nicholas_wade_flails_at_the_ph.php Evolution. Theory, fact, or both? I don't think answering these questions is as simple as PZ or Wade make it seem. It involves more than science and philosophy, and forces us to deconstruct notions of a pure science uncontaminated by politics, culture, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]