Scientific ideas to be retired

Old notions – about art, addiction, love, truth – are not easily cast off. But it’s time to clear some detritus: What idea is ready for retirement?…
Old notions – about art, addiction, love, truth – are not easily cast off. But it’s time to clear some detritus: What idea is ready for retirement?… [More]

The Daily Owl 9-27-2013

Nothing equals the ignorance of the modern philosophers in matters of science, except the ignorance of modern scientists in matters of philosophy. (Gilson)
Nothing equals the ignorance of the modern philosophers in matters of science, except the ignorance of modern scientists in matters of philosophy. (Gilson) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-15-2013

I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. (Descartes)
I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. (Descartes) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-5-2013

“If the world is ambiguous, it is because those of us who live in it are faced with a number of interpretations of it, and of ourselves, that are each capable of rational support, and which are each held by people who need not have violated any doxastic obligations in adhering to them.”
“If the world is ambiguous, it is because those of us who live in it are faced with a number of interpretations of it, and of ourselves, that are each capable of rational support, and which are each held by people who need not have violated any doxastic obligations in adhering to them.” [More]

Has Science Become ‘Soulless’?

The standard naturalistic story has stagnated somewhat. There are boundaries that many believed we should have broken through by now and we seem to be making little to no progress. The sentiment that modern science is "soulless" is resonating with a lot of people and so they're looking for more.
The standard naturalistic story has stagnated somewhat. There are boundaries that many believed we should have broken through by now and we seem to be making little to no progress. The sentiment that modern science is "soulless" is resonating with a lot of people and so they're looking for more. [More]

Boghossian: Faith is a Cognitive Sickness

Dr. Peter Boghossian pulls no punches claiming that faith is a cognitive sickness and that those who attempt to get to the truth using faith are delusional. In this trailer for a talk he gave at Portland State University, Dr. Boghossian passionately argues that faith, regardless of the conclusions one draws from it, is a faulty process and cannot reliably get one to the truth.
Dr. Peter Boghossian pulls no punches claiming that faith is a cognitive sickness and that those who attempt to get to the truth using faith are delusional. In this trailer for a talk he gave at Portland State University, Dr. Boghossian passionately argues that faith, regardless of the conclusions one draws from it, is a faulty process and cannot reliably get one to the truth. [More]

Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion

This coming spring, Western Washington University will be hosting the second annual Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion with guest speakers Dr. Jeffrey Schloss and Dr. Michael Murray who will lecture on the impact evolutionary theory has on our understanding of religious belief. In 2011, the project was kicked off by Dr. Alvin Plantinga who gave lectures titled, God and Evolution: Where the Conflict Really Lies, and Does Science Show that Miracles Can’t Happen? [More]

A Science of Religious Orientation?

In an interesting article on Epiphenom, Tomas Rees looks at a study by John Sasaki involving religious priming in order to see if certain genetic traits have an correlation to certain types of religious behaviors after being primed with religious ideas.
In an interesting article on Epiphenom, Tomas Rees looks at a study by John Sasaki involving religious priming in order to see if certain genetic traits have an correlation to certain types of religious behaviors after being primed with religious ideas. [More]

Jerry Coyne on Free Will–You Don’t Have It

The debate about free will, long the purview of philosophers alone, has been given new life by scientists, especially neuroscientists studying how the brain works. And what they're finding supports the idea that free will is a complete illusion.
The debate about free will, long the purview of philosophers alone, has been given new life by scientists, especially neuroscientists studying how the brain works. And what they're finding supports the idea that free will is a complete illusion. [More]

Buddhism: A Religion, A Philosophy, or Just Annoying?

While “hardcore naturalists” like Sam Harris and many who espouse a scientific worldview are glomming on to Buddhist practices, Horgan sees Buddhism as little more than a gateway religion and harmful at worst and unnecessary at best.
While “hardcore naturalists” like Sam Harris and many who espouse a scientific worldview are glomming on to Buddhist practices, Horgan sees Buddhism as little more than a gateway religion and harmful at worst and unnecessary at best. [More]