7550Re: [sl] Pseudoskepticism [ was : Does Science Make Belief in God Obsolete? ]
- Jun 16, 2008Hi, Mike!
Good to hear from you both. Both posts were interesting. I think that
science vs religion is a valid debate but that a lot of
pseudosckepticism creeps in and of course a lot of religious bias. We
have been over this territory a lot and I have learned a whole bunch, it
has altered my world view considerable. Epistemologically I think we
have to accept the scientific method as our gold standard and judge
paranormal/religious claims on the basis of the same rules we use for
the various sciences.
That said I think there is enough evidence to throw out the materialist
theory of the world.
Had an interesting thought the other day. It used to be that they said
god is dead. Now I say that reality is dead. The mathematics is so
complex that no one can have a valid picture of reality anymore. Since
it is beyond our ability to understand it, there is no way to tell if
supernatural entities exist or not. We don't know what is natural so
how can we say that we know the boundary between the natural and the
supernatural? Other worlds, parallel dimensions, the astral plane, all
might appear in the math sometime in the future. (As I understand it
string theory is already providing a peek into parallel dimensions
across the branes that separate us.)
I have to apologize to the list. I haven't been very available or
involved for two reasons. 1. is my new six year old daughter adopted
from Russia (6 mo and she is speaking english and even reading and
writing some!). 2. is a set of fireworks in my brain about the
historical Jesus. I have written a 7 page preliminary sketch which I am
going to post to the list soon.
Meanwhile, chatter away (though we can do without names like Troll).
Khem Caigan wrote:
>I see that our Troll is back and up
>to his usual shenanigans, setting his
>pigeons among the cats <yum>.
>While we are on the subject of Michael
>A Commentary by Marcello Truzzi
>Cors in Manu Domine,
>~ Khem Caigan
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