Re: Naturalism and the Fundamental Question

I was asked to comment on Stephen Maitzen's article Naturalism and the Fundamental Question. The fundamental question (FQ) is: why is there anything, rather than nothing at all? The first problem I have with the article is that Maitzen defines the "natural" as "the denial of supernaturalism: the denial that any nonnatural minds, agents, or …

The cheap grace of condemning slavery

The cheap grace of condemning slavery There is a long history of arguing that, in fact, no one can be entitled to our labor, and that to sell our labor is as morally wrong as slavery. I suspect this goes too far, and that the closest we can get to a short definition of slavery is labor without …

Re: Aquinas’ Argument from Motion

A reader has asked me to comment on another of Mike D's posts at The A-Unicornist blog: Aquinas' Argument from Motion Some day (in the distant future) I'd like to write more on this site about Aquinas's philosophy but today we shall merely focus on why Mike's criticisms of the argument from motion are unsuccessful. …

Re: Towards an Understanding of the Mind

A reader solicited comments on two posts from Mike D at The A-Unicornist blog: Toward an Understanding of the Mind: The Mind-Body Problem Toward an Understanding of the Mind: Problems with Dualism The first post just summarizes the mind-body problem. In the second post, Mike states his purpose to be the following: For the purposes …

Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?

Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor? by Eric Jonas & Konrad Paul Kording Abstract There is a popular belief in neuroscience that we are primarily data limited, and that producing large, multimodal, and complex datasets will, with the help of advanced data analysis algorithms, lead to fundamental insights into the way the brain processes information. …

Book Recommendation: Knowing the Natural Law by Steven Jensen

Knowing the Natural Law: From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts by Steven J. Jensen is an excellent book on how an understanding of human nature leads to knowledge of the human good. The book focuses on how we can know the natural law. It does not apply the natural law to specific moral questions …

Atheist Doctor Confirms Healing Deemed Miraculous

Here's an interesting article about an atheist doctor who testified about an alleged miraculous healing. The doctor admits she cannot explain the case scientifically. It brings to mind Luke 16:31: "If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead." Pondering Miracles, Medical …