Archive for the ‘Causation’ Category

Determinism: talking about God’s world without God

October 28, 2010

Even though God is dead, as pronounced by Nietzsche, we still cannot avoid speaking about the world as though God exists. Modern Determinism does not believe in a God, but still talks about the world as though it is “caused” and “caused deterministically.” Of course, the cause(s) in this theory is/are not God, but ‘nature’. ‘nature’ should be referred to as “Nature”, because the language used is unavoidably metaphysical. Scientists, such as Richard Dawkins, have no issue with being ‘spirtual’ about Nature. God and Nature are on par metaphysically.

Determinism, like all causal theories, presume a God or metaphysical essence, even though they may not refer to one.

What’s the alternative?Like Terry Pratchett paraphrasing Heraclitus says, “Things just happen, what the hell!”

 

Why evolutionary biologists believe in the supernatural

October 19, 2008

Metaphysics: meta = beyond, hence ‘beyond the physical’, ‘beyond nature’ or supernatural

Causality: a necessary relationship between one event (called cause) and another event (called effect) which is the direct consequence (result) of the first (Wikipedia).

Causality is a metaphysic.

Wikipedia again: Evolutionary biology documents the fact that evolution occurs, and also develops and tests theories that explain its causes.

When will these poor sods give up their infantile superstitions? Time to read Hume, ol’ chaps.

In other news:

I watched a video of Daniel Dennett giving a lecture to a herd of infatuated ‘skeptic’ puppets today. What a waste of time. The high priest has nothing useful or interesting to say; just a shitload of pseudo-scientific speculative nonsense and mildly-derogatory caricatures; what a wanker. The selective skeptics lapped it and gave due praise to their authority.