Archive for December, 2007

Bradfords Hammer

Posted: December 30, 2007 in Intelligent Design

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Bradford over at Telic thoughts wields the hammer and hits the nails squarely on the head:

He says :

‘He mentioned how struck he was by the reaction of biologists to the genetic code. They (and others) act as if this were an ordinary biological feature. It is far from it. The Big Bang and quantum physics get the attention of philosophers while the genetic code flies under philosophical radar. A symbolic molecular coding system is presumed to be a consequence of unobserved chemical reactions. But why? Because we find parallel results in chemistry? No, that’s not it. There are vague references to complexity arising. But the type of complexity cited (crystals for example) is of a different nature. All of this leads me to believe a philosophical predilection underlies which lens we choose to view data through. If the lens orients one to a telic perspective it is not likely to see the light of day.

When Darwinians challenge IDers to come up with some empirical results that strikes me as a strange demand. The empirical data is being churned out every day in labs all across the world.

Excellent point. Data is neutral with respect to where it comes from. Whether researchers believe in ID or oppose it the data remains the same.’

I am in complete agreement with the above statement,the data is there -there are no exclusively naturalistic empirical driven scenarios for how we got to the complexity of structure and function including the systems we see in place for maintaining fidelity of the message; that we find in the genome. Just as there are no exclusively naturalistic empirically driven scenarios for the cause of Hoyle’s distasteful ‘Big bang’ , that is why the field is wide open for interpretation.

History teaches that a consensus is not to be trusted, another bus will be along shortly. I read again and again that Intelligent design is dead ,yet not one piece of evidence is brought to the table to demonstrate its demise,while the big elephant in the room everyone is ignoring remains to be explained,where did this complexity and diversity we have recently and unexpectedly uncovered originate ?

Is it naive to expect the data to always lead and our ideas to meekly follow ?Are we unsullied by metaphysics and so free to see the data as it is ? The big invisible elephant suggests otherwise.

 

Merry Christmas -don’t be Blue

Posted: December 24, 2007 in Uncategorized

over the rhine featuring the angelically powerful voice of Karin Bergquist -words fail.

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After checking that I hadn’t slipped into a parallel universe I could not believe the news in September; that a family in Germany had there 15 year old daughter forcibly removed from her home and placed with foster parents in an unknown location for 3 months.

This was a government enforced action -apparently home-schooling (the crime which precipitated the German government to intervene ) is such a crime as to be consider worse than forcibly separating a 15 year old girl from her family?!?

The genius behind this law is none other than Adolf Hitler,amazingly this law remains on the statute books ! For a nation that wants to divorce itself from its nazi past, this whole story would not be out of place in Hitler’s Germany.

Happily once Melissa Busekros turned 16 the law no longer could constrain her, she left the foster home and is currently back at home.

This is not the end of the story as there are other home-schooling families  who are under pressure and Melissa may yet have to face further action by the German Government.

 

Please consider contacting the German embassy to complain against this blatant loss of freedom:

In Canada:

German Embassy
1 Waverley Street
Ottawa, ON, K2P 0T8
Tel.: 613-232-1101 Fax: 613-594-9330
Email: germanembassyottawa@on.aibn.com

In the US:

German Embassy
4645 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC, 20007-1998
(202) 298-4000
The embassy can be e-mailed from its website: http://www.globescope.biz/germany/reg/index.cfm

 

In the UK the embassy can be contacted here:http://www.london.diplo.de/Vertretung/london/en/Kontakt.html

 

The point is this, Homeschooling is the right of every parent should they choose and the Current German government is acting on a law that removes that right -I hesitate to put Hitlers image at the top of this post as it only serves to polarise but I have the right to protest and that image is part of that!

 

Bite down

Posted: December 10, 2007 in Theo/Philo

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My  favourite quote from  G.K.Chesterton is :

‘The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. ‘

Can we make up our minds, can we have ideas that are absolute -must tolerance  mean  we are undecided?