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September 1, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

The three false dilemmas I’ve noticed in atheist arguments

This is a classic example of a forced choice on three levels:

1) Subjective knowledge is used in our daily lives. the subjective/objective distinction isn’t even possible in passion, identity, and perspective discussions.

2) Reason vs. faith….or rather the implied assertion that all faith is blind faith. Not true. Doesn’t understand what the Christian faith walk or faith journey is all about.

3) The argument for the Trinity does not mean that all forms and versions of spirituality are equally the same. Can you distinguish different types of math? I can distinguish different types of spirituality. Jesus stands as a unique figure in history.

September 1, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Critical Bibliography of Neurophilosophy, Scientism, and Reductive Materialism/Physicalism/Naturalism

“The Folly of Scientism” by Austin Hughes in the New Atlantis (link)

Austin Hughes is the Carolina Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina.

“The Limits of Neuro-talk” by by Mathew B. Crawford in the New Atlantis (link)

Matthew B. is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and a contributing editor of The New Atlantis.

“What Neuroscience Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves” by Raymond Tallis (link)

Raymond Tallis is the emeritus professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, is the author, most recently, of Michelangelo’s Finger: An Exploration of Everyday Transcendence (Yale, 2010) and Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity (Acumen, forthcoming in 2011). This essay has been adapted from a lecture delivered in February 2010 at the American Enterprise Institute.

The New Atlantis has a whole development of neuroscience here which looks at it from a critical perspective, where Raymond Tallis has four articles which center on philosophy of science & neuroscience type questions.

September 1, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Critique of Reductive Physicalism: Why New Atheism Fails Completely


Here is a summary of what’s covered:

1) Physicalism can’t explain brain states:
“Brain is physical entity with physical properties. Mental properties are not physical properties.”
Brain is happy or say. I am happy or sad

2) Physicalism can’t give you freedom or free will.

3) Physicalism can’t give you you or me. It can’t give you an identity

4) Most important things in life:
Wife and love for me.
Love is not a property of the brain.
My kid. His kid’s happiness. “Crack open brain to find happiness.”
Looking for some self/identity
Mental properties can’t be described by physicalism…you need another explanation, a better explanation.

5) Body, Brain, & Soul…..physical and non-physical. Soul can account for mental properties.
Interaction between mental and soul. Thats why biological effects can work.
“Body and soul best accounts for our experience & see as human beings.”

Brett Kunkle from Stand to Reason

August 25, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Questions to ask scientistic thinkers like Michael Shermer

This is a critique of the ideology of scientism (that underwrites much of the literature around skepticism, naturalism/physicalism/reductive materialism, etc…)

{TBA…cutting and pasting isn’t working for me at the moment….come back soon}

August 17, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Design Thinking in Education


link to pintrest on design thinking (link)

More from Compassion in Politics on Design Thinking

August 8, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Critique of the Worldview of Scientific Materialism

1) Qualitative vs. Quantitative
2) Beauty, meaning, and purpose
3) Quantum physics
4) Irreducibility of all Life
5) Complex cell & replication
6) Mathematical and biological meeting (interesting)
7) Lifes Irreducible Structure, Michael Polyani
8) Origin of Life–Chemist (replicator before life)
9) Anthony Flew abandons atheism
10) Intelligent design movement (including Michael Fenton, Michael Behe, Stephen C. Meyer, and himself)
11) Aristotlean vs. Darwinian purpose
12) Belgian Astronomer–Universe is expanding at constant rate (God & the Astronomers). “Big bang is a serious challenge to materialism–its not the ultimate explanation.”
Coincidences built into structure of universe–fine tuning of universe. Thought experiments. (17 minutes)
Carter and Fred Hoyle–Dials set/fine tuned

Dr. Robert Koons, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, author of Realism Regained (2000) and Paradoxes of Belief (2009), and co-editor of The Waning of Materialism (2010), gave a public lecture entitled “The Waning of Materialism: How the Revival of Aristotle’s Philosophy is Reshaping the Intellectual Landscape” at Texas Tech University.

If you want to learn more I suggest my posts on scientific materialism, naturalism, and physicalism as well as this page that I maintain on the subject.

August 5, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Is church a waste of time? Why does it make sense to attend church and learn about God?

The God of the Bible claims to be the creator of the Universe. If its true, it is the single most important pursuit to which all other pursuits pale in comparison.

We are earthly bodies on a spiritual journey. Spiritual journeys filled will love, loss, relationships, community, success, failures, highs, lows, and almost everything in between.

We as complicated organic systems built on systems which run on emotions, energy, blood, oxygen had to come from somewhere. Our value as human beings had to come from somewhere…we are not just atoms bouncing around….we are more. You wouldn’t be reading this….you wouldn’t thinking….you couldn’t reflect on this in your minds eye.

Science requires a:
1) a thinking mind
2) a reflecting mind
3) an imagining and visualizing mind
4) a mathematics to undergird it
5) mouth and ears to communicate it
6) a predictable, rule bound would

At each level these are integrated processes and systems that are interdependent……that are vital to the functioning of science.


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