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Origins: What is Science?

January 26, 2010

You get these even before my class does. My slides for tomorrow’s class outlining what science is (and is not). No podcast will be coming … the software is acting up. Ah well.

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  1. SLC
    January 28, 2010 at 4:07 am

    It is not quite clear what a theistic evolutionist is. For instance, Prof. Ken Miller who is often described as a theistic evolutionist specifically denied that characterization of himself in a comment on Larry Morans’ blog. He describes himself as a methodological naturalist and philosophical theist.

  2. January 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    > a methodological naturalist and philosophical theist

    And if you read his books, I think you will see that – despite what he claims – he is a theistic evolutionist.

  3. Seamus
    January 31, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Wow!
    Thanks for posting it!!

    A few questions if I may:

    I have a problem getting my head around the differences between methodological and philosophical naturalism. What (other than semantics) is the difference? (I assume there is one and that I am just not seeing it).
    Are PNs just more hardcore?
    How would they investigate the universe/reality differently?
    As soon as we might identify something supernatural, surely it ceases to be supernatural?

    Or does MN allow for theistic/deistic leanings, while PN doesn’t?

    Or is this more Monty Python, recongising Stan’s right to have babies, even though he actually can’t?
    The universe has the right to have a supernatural something even if we can never actually find it?

    Also, do you ever deal with (i.e. cover in your lectures) how we interact with the world through our senses as individuals and what implications this system has with regard to how we think etc???
    I did an OU course on human senses last year…fascinating stuff, and I’ve often wondered how it fits with the various paradigms used to discuss what science is and what science isn’t and specifically how we are limited as individuals.
    i.e. what implications evolution of the human sensory-brain-motor systems might have for how we can (or cannot) possibly interact with our environment, and what that says about the philosophical limitations of science (and maybe even the universe)?
    If so, I’d be fascinated to hear what you have to say!!

    thanks

    Seamus

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