Monthly Archives: July 2010

Hiding Darwin

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http://www.helium.com/items/1907446-charles-darwin-theory

Article reads: Darwinism is often seen as a popular pejorative term among creationist groups in a fallacious attempt to identify modern evolutionary theory with the (also incorrect) idea that Darwin claimed that humans were essentially direct descendants of monkeys and/or apes. As evolution is still controversial, even a good century and a half after The Origin of Species was first published, the term “Darwinism” allows opponents to greatly oversimplify and, at times, vilify the concept.

Hiding the issue in the definition of Dawinism won’t do. The issue is the purported blind watchmaker that attaches itself to natural selection, and how this blindness is only stipulated by a self-blind affection that is unable to disclose that its belief is only a stipulation.

Pope on scientism and economics

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http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=22480

Article reads: Pope Benedict has criticised scientism and the awful influence it has on the world today. Scientism has two aspects. The first aspect is the theoretical notion that only scientific doctrine and method can lead to truth. The second is the practical handing of authority to scientists alone.

Junk DNA not junk

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Article reads: The group’s research focused on development in fruit flies and found that this under-appreciated DNA may contribute to normal development under less-than-ideal growth conditions by making sure that genes are turned on and off at the appropriate times. If similar regions are found in humans, they may hold important clues to understanding developmental disorders.

Donkey ancestors

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100728131717.htm

Article reads: Sorting through the most comprehensive sampling of mitochondrial DNA ever assembled from ancient, historic and living specimens, scientists determined that the critically endangered African wild ass — which today exists only in small numbers in eastern Africa, zoos and wildlife preserves — is the living ancestor of the modern donkey. What’s more, researchers found evidence to suggest that a subspecies called the Nubian wild ass, presumed vanished late in the 20th century, is not only a direct ancestor of the donkey — it may still exist.

Writer misses C.S. Lewis’s point

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Opinion reads: Darwin also destroyed any claim made by other authors that evolution implies some so-called universal process of imperfect to perfect. Biological evolution does show evidence of direction, like the increase in animal and plant complexity repeatedly in the fossil record. But the process is a natural one. The author and Lewis cannot accept that Darwin removed God from the processes that drive the life history on this planet. He didn’t remove God from our lives but moved it out of a sphere where it does not need to be.

The fact is that purported natural selection has been unable to distinguish itself from a teleology that carries directionality. Directionality (time’s arrow) is apparent is evolution, with the rise of multi-celled life leading to human life, and other life. But this was NOT predicted by Darwin`s theory!

Deepak Chopra interviews Alva Noe

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Chopra asks: So okay just so we have all our definitions correct, how would you define consciousness?

Noe answers: Consciousness is the fact that we think and feel and that a world, the world shows up for us….You look around and you don’t see mirror stuff, you encounter a meaningful environment of people, and places, and architecture, and emotions, and skies, and your coffee cup perhaps on the table in front of you. We are in this amazingly rich environment and the question is, how does this all show up for us?

Muslim reacts to moral relativism

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Opinion reads: Believe it or not, there are people who hold that there is no such thing as the absolute truth. They are called subjectivists. Truth, they say, is whatever we as individuals or we as a society decide it is. When a subjectivist talks about morality he is a moral relativist; he would say there is no such thing as an absolute moral principle.

My view is that what is needed is a better understanding of Trinitarian philosophy to defuse possible tension, including that generated by the over application of scientism.

I am Spartacus

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Article reads: An exciting part of my journey is the wonderful opportunity to meet many leaders, and whenever they share their beliefs and experiences, one word dominates and seems to assume universal currency as a vital ingredient of leadership: vision.

A second look at the blind watchmaker

I have been debating an old essay of mine that was posted here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/creationevolutiondebate/

You folks may be interested in the progression of ideas in the above Yahoo group. I write the following message.

A very self-interested reason is driven to its conclusions by blind affection.
We would expect nothing less coming from the blind watchmaker. Nevertheless, to look for positive evidence beyond the strictly negative argument in my essay, /a-look-at-a-blind-watchmaker/, and what we find are two affections. One affection has dominated science and pushed the other affection out of science in a pure march that takes no poisoners. What was called a sufficient argument is revealed only to be a stipulation that the watchmaker is blind. But a sufficient argument does not need intellectual fascism to maintain its self-sufficiency, it maintains itself by its one-sided affection. The one-sided affection turns into a blind hubris as is self-consistent with belief in a blind watchmaker. The over-extension comes as science pushes itself into religion. It is only then that the blind affection turns to pain, and the alienated affection is recognized. This initiates the first felt oscillation that is self-evident.

It is possible to keep both affections under one mind. This leads to Edmund
Husserl`s transcendental science, transpersonal psychology, and complementary medicine. It leads to non-dual mysticism, and Trinitarian vitalism.

Criticism of world cup octopus

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Article reads: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized Paul the octopus, who gained fame by correctly predicting the outcome of eight World Cup matches. The Iranian leader called Paul a symbol of decadence and decay in the Western world. Mr. Ahmadinejad also said those who believe in a psychic octopus cannot be leaders of nations like Iran “that aspire to human perfection.”