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How not to attack Intelligent Design Creationism: Philosophical misconceptions about Methodological Naturalism - Maarten Boudry
"In recent controversies about Intelligent Design Creationism (IDC), the principle of methodological naturalism (MN) has played an important role. In this paper, an often neglected distinction is made between two different conceptions of MN, each with its respective rationale and with a different view on the proper role of MN in science. According to one popular conception, MN is a self-imposed or intrinsic limitation of science, which means that science is simply not equipped to deal with claims of the supernatural (Intrinsic MN or IMN). Alternatively, we will defend MN as a provisory and empirically grounded attitude of scientists, which is justified in virtue of the consistent success of naturalistic explanations and the lack of success of supernatural explanations in the history of science. (Provisory MN or PMN). Science does have a bearing on supernatural hypotheses, and its verdict is uniformly negative."
creationism  intelligent-design  religion  science  naturalism  philosophy 
february 2012 by pw201
God, Science and Philanthropy | The Nation
An interesting article on the history of the Templeton Foundation, the controversial foundation which provides grants to scientists interested in "the Big Questions".
templeton  dawkins  richard-dawkins  science  religion  intelligent-design 
june 2010 by pw201
Signature in the Cell | The BioLogos Foundation
Darrel Falk, a Christian and a professor of biology, finds problems with the science in Stephen Mayer's "The Signature in the Cell". Via Jerry Coyne.
evolution  intelligent-design  science  religion  creationism  dna  rna  stephen-meyer  darrel-falk  biology  discovery-institute 
january 2010 by pw201
Stephen Meyer's Bogus Information Theory
Criticism of Stephen Meyer's "The Signature in the Cell" based on Meyer's mistakes in information theory (or rather, the way he uses a made up definition of "information"). HT to Leonard Richardson, who rightly says it's a good introduction to what "information" does mean, regardless of what you think of Meyer's book.
information  shannon  entropy  mathematics  maths  kolmogorov  signature  cell  stephen-meyer  intelligent-design  creationism 
january 2010 by pw201
Discovery Institute: The Mask Falls Away
The IDers at the DI go bonkers about the Climategate emails: "A cabal of leading scientists, politicians, and media concubines have conspired to lie about global warming. The reasons are obvious: power and money. … I’m not sure that the scientific community can or will respond to this debacle in a courageous or ethical way. The ID-Darwinism debate clearly demonstrates that venality and shameless self-interest, as well as a toxic leftist-atheist ideology, runs very deep in the scientific community." I'm adding "toxic" to my standard "neo-sceptical strident fundamentalist neo-atheist" spiel.
lolxians  climate  global-warming  intelligent-design  discovery-institute 
december 2009 by pw201
“The Collapse Of Intelligent Design”
Ken Miller demonstrating why ID is not backed by evidence. Miller's a Catholic, not a neo-sceptical atheist neo-rationalist.
ken-miller  intelligent-design  id  evolution  creationism  science  biology  dna 
november 2009 by pw201
The evolution of creationism | Salon News
Where now for Intelligent Design? As Salon says, "American creationism doesn't die. It just adapts."
evolution  creationism  intelligent-design  id  dover 
november 2007 by pw201
Lying in the name of God
"It’s not possible to produce such programs honestly. Chopping logic and falsifying arguments like that can only be done by someone who knows that he or she is doing it. To put it another way: if you know enough about the Book of Job or the Tel Dan stel
religion  science  myers  pharyngula  intelligent-design  id  creationism 
september 2007 by pw201

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