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Aristotle Redux: A Review of Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos” Part 3

Aristotle Redux: A Review of Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos” Part 3

A Review of Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos” Part 3 of a review in three parts by Ian Kluge In part 1 of and part 2 of his review of Thomas Nagel’s controversial new book called Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False, Ian Kluge describes the book as attacking the foundations of modern science on the basis of its inability to explain the nature of the mind. Nagel believes there is a…

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Aristotle Redux: A Review of Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos” Part 2

Aristotle Redux: A Review of Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos” Part 2

A Review of Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos” Part 2 of a review in three parts by Ian Kluge In part 1 of his review of Thomas Nagel’s controversial new book called Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False, Ian Kluge describes the book as attacking the foundations of modern science on the basis of its inability to explain the nature of the mind. Nagel, a philosopher of impeccable intellectual and philosophical credentials,…

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Aristotle Redux: A Review of Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos” Part 1

Aristotle Redux: A Review of Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos” Part 1

A Review of Thomas Nagel’s “Mind and Cosmos” Part 1 of a review in three parts by Ian Kluge Starting with its title – Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False – Thomas Nagel’s new book sparked controversy and invited attack from the scientific community. How many fingers can one man poke in how many eyes at the same time? In the title alone, he challenges materialism, the materialist-physicalist concept of nature and…

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Drive On Through: A Review of Sam Harris’s Free Will Part 3

Drive On Through: A Review of Sam Harris’s Free Will Part 3

Drive On Through: A Review of Sam Harris’s Free Will Part 3 of a review in three parts by Ian Kluge. Editor’s Introduction: Two weeks ago Ian Kluge introduced his review of the latest book by Sam Harris – the prolific and controversial new atheist thinker. According to Harris: … free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we…

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Drive On Through: A Review of Sam Harris’s Free Will Part 2

Drive On Through: A Review of Sam Harris’s Free Will Part 2

Drive On Through: A Review of Sam Harris’s Free Will Part 2 of a review in three parts by Ian Kluge. Editor’s Introduction: Last week, Ian introduced his review of the latest book by Sam Harris – the prolific and controversial new atheist thinker. According to Harris: … free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no…

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Drive On Through: A Review of Sam Harris’s Free Will Part 1

Drive On Through: A Review of Sam Harris’s Free Will Part 1

Drive On Through: A Review of Sam Harris’s Free Will Part 1 of a review in three parts by Ian Kluge Whenever he encountered a poorly made argument, one of my old philosophy professors used to say, “We could drive trucks through that one.” What he meant was that an argument was so carelessly constructed that there were huge logical holes in it, problems like non-sequiturs, equivocation, insufficient evidence and correlative fallacies. As I read Sam Harris’s Free Will (2012)…

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Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism Part Two

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism Part Two

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism Part 2 of a review by Ian Kluge. Editors Note: In part 1, Ian introduced Alvin Plantinga’s important new book as follows: In his new book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism, Alvin Plantinga shows how misunderstandings about science have led to what are in reality pseudo-conflicts. He aims to show that “there is no [serious] conflict between Christian belief and science . . . [and that] there…

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Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism (Part #1)

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism (Part #1)

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism Part 1 of a review by Ian Kluge For almost two decades now, we have witnessed a spirited, at times acrimonious debate between the defenders of science who are generally new atheists and the defenders of religion who are usually, but not always, Christian. While some participants may seek a final knock-out punch for one side or the other, a smaller group strives to find ways of actualizing the Baha’i doctrine…

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Keeping the Baby — de Botton’s Religion for Atheists

Keeping the Baby — de Botton’s Religion for Atheists

Community, Identity, and Peace Alain de Botton plans to throw out the bathwater — but keep the baby. The author of  Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion thinks humanity will be better off if we toss the metaphysical superstitions encumbering all religions but keep the many insights and practices that are still beneficial for human development. In his view, ‘God’ was just one answer to questions about value, meaning, community, identity and peace (to name…

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The God Debates #3: Fine-tuning God

The God Debates #3: Fine-tuning God

Part 3 of a discussion and critique of John R. Shook’s The God Debates Let us look at one more example of Shook’s straw-man methodology. He says, “The basic ‘fine-tuning’ argument for god has this form: If god exists, then it is highly probable that this universe would permit life; The universe is organized to permit life; In the naturalistic “multiverse” theory it is not highly probable that the universe would permit life; It is more reasonable to accept the…

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