Is anyone still reading this?
"They Want You to Fail"
"Tests Are Coming"
"An Excellent List!"
"For Six Years!"
"Feles Bellulae Sunt!"
"Cats are Cute!"
"Ubi Est Ioannes?"
"Where is Ian?"
"Magnum Dictum a Shaggy!"
"Great Shaggy Quotation!"
Da mihi libertatem aut da mihi crustum quod est pitta!
"Quid cum Ruse Sit?"
"What Is with Ruse?"
I’m not a psychologist, so I won’t suggest the motivations for this, but none of them seem savory to me. I could talk about “belief in belief,” or early religious belief that, once rejected, still lingers, but who knows?
Now Ruse would probably reply that religious claims don’t require scientific evidence—that they are based on faith, revelation, and teachings of the church. But we have no confidence that those give us any reliable information about “realities” like heaven or an afterlife, if for no other reason than that different faiths give different answers. Many Jews don’t accept an afterlife, many Hindus believe not in a celestial realm of souls but in reincarnation, and Buddhists don’t have a heaven at all.
Well, maybe lots of religious people will be relieved to know that Jesus wasn’t a fancy caterer, but I don’t believe it.
Where are the data showing that New Atheists have turned people away from evolution? And the incompatibility between many aspects of science and faith does lead many to a religion-or-science kind of thinking, but nobody, least of all me, teaches that in the classroom. And remember who started that: the faithful who insisted that evolution was incompatible with their faith.
But the stuff about treating Darwinism as a secular religion is offal. It’s based purely on the fact that many of us see Darwin as a kind of scientific hero. Many physicists hold Einstein in similar regard. Does that make physics a secular religion? At least we know that Einstein and Darwin existed, unlike the father-figure of conventional faith. Nor do we see Darwin or Einstein as having supernatural powers or a postmortem ability to personally (as opposed to scientifically) influence the world. Indeed, all of us know that their science was sometimes flawed. Darwin’s genetics was wonky; Einstein couldn’t accept pure indeterminism. Try finding a religious person who sees any flaws in God.
Ruse could improve his pieces, at least marginally, if he wasn’t always so butthurt. Really, does he expect us to praise him for such blather? He needs to learn to keep his wounded ego out of his posts; it only makes him look weak and vindictive.
She is Han’s and Leia’s daughter.
"Felicem Mensem Iulium!"
"Felicem Natalem, Maria!"
"Happy Birthday, Marie!"
"Hoc Stultum Est"
"This Is Stupid"
"A Good Point!"
I recently argued that when any of us act, we must act for reasons. When acting for reasons we must decide that the end we pursue is the best, most worthwhile, goal to pursue and that the action we take in order to achieve that goal is the most suitable one. I should also add that even thinking involves such value choices about ends (what kinds of things we should believe) and means to ends (how we should form our beliefs so we believe the desirable kinds of things). This means that:
(a) we must commit ourselves to certain ends in our thinking activities rather than others, on the basis that we think such ends are better than other possible ends
(b) we must commit ourselves to norms for how to reason in our thinking activities, which we judge are better than other possible norms for reasoning to achieve our ends
"Vivite et Vivito"
"Vivite and Vivito"
The phrase "innocue vivite: numen adest" comes from the Ars Amatoria (i.e. the Art of Love) a poem in three books written by the Romen poet Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD). Apparently, the poem was about how to find a guy/girl and how to hold onto him/her (sounds kind of like The Rules huh?).
Anyway, the phrase loosely translate to "live harmlessly: the spirit is at hand." The Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), the guy who invented the system of binomial nomenclature, had it enscribed on the lintel over the bedroom doorway in his summer home (Hammarby) outside of Uppsala. The quote was actually mistakenly written as "innocue vivito."
"No it is a methodology designed to create predictive models, nothing more or less. 'Truth' has nothing to do with it."
"Atheism and theism are not making claims..."
"Funus sine Deo!"
"A Funeral without God!"
"Ita Vero, Linguae Latinae Studeo"
"Yeah, I Study Latin"
"Felicem Natalem, Tatiana!"
"Happy Birthday, Tatiana!"
"Puellae Bellulae e K-On!"
"The Cute Girls from K-On!"