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by Nikolai
Wed May 07, 2008 9:54 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Universe & Consciousness Explained
Replies: 33
Views: 14125

I've read the 24 pages now and thoroughly enjoyed them. But I need to discuss them because much of it sounds like Berkelyan idealism to me. Not that that's a bad thing, only that it doesn't seem like the novel solution as promised.
by Nikolai
Wed May 07, 2008 4:52 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Universe & Consciousness Explained
Replies: 33
Views: 14125

All your posts have, so far, explained at some length how, at some unspecified point in the future, you are going to tell us an answer to a question that we wondered about as children. Why don't you just tell us now? If everybody insisted on preceding every one of their ideas with 10+ posts of spam ...
by Nikolai
Wed May 07, 2008 1:32 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Universe & Consciousness Explained
Replies: 33
Views: 14125

I agree entirely...

This guy acts like some kind of two-dime huckster drumming up interest for his freak show. Or perhaps this is how everything has to be done in America :wink:

Juts out of interest, when does the show start?
by Nikolai
Fri May 02, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A Non-religious Critique of Darwinism
Replies: 41
Views: 18331

No I can't. But to me that differentiates philosophy from science and makes it a different discipline. There are a lot of people who tackle philosophical questions by using big bang/evolution as their starting axiom (SGR's system is a good example of this). To me evolution theory is too unstable phi...
by Nikolai
Fri May 02, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Evolution and Domestic Flora & Fauna
Replies: 15
Views: 7611

Very good point - I think we need Dave Essex, but he does tease so...
by Nikolai
Thu May 01, 2008 9:08 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Evolution and Domestic Flora & Fauna
Replies: 15
Views: 7611

Even if we did design intelligent life we would still be left with the question of who designed life in the first place.

Even if life was made possible by lightning striking the primeval swamp, we would be left with who designed this miracle called lightning and this miracle called swamp...
by Nikolai
Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Evolution and Domestic Flora & Fauna
Replies: 15
Views: 7611

People who reject evolution in the animal world are extremely rare and tend not to be the kind of people who are interested in debate, examples or evidence. Most religious people I know either follow the ID argument, or they believe that evolution applies to animals and plants but not to mankind. "I...
by Nikolai
Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A Non-religious Critique of Darwinism
Replies: 41
Views: 18331

Hi Jack, I'm not sure I fully understand your question but I see no incompatibility between intelligent design and evolution. This thread was intended to draw attention to the many philosophical assumptions contained within the theory of evolution. I think that many of us take the veracity of evolut...
by Nikolai
Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Evolution and Domestic Flora & Fauna
Replies: 15
Views: 7611

Psychonaut While your post challenges the creationist notion of animals and humans made in the present from at the beginning of time, it doesn't challenge the possibility of intelligent design. I would say that people who reject evolution nowadays reject its requirement that life evolves randomly an...
by Nikolai
Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A Non-religious Critique of Darwinism
Replies: 41
Views: 18331

Bullwinkle, You said: 'Random mutation should be considered as the means of releasing the action of evolution and natural selection sustained it.' Random mutation occurs every time an organism's cells divide, so the effects of mutation are likely to be an ongoing factor alongside natural selection. ...
by Nikolai
Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A Non-religious Critique of Darwinism
Replies: 41
Views: 18331

Rortabend, I guess Gaia theory changes darwinism quite a bit because it changes the way we view adaptation. An organism's (or it gene's) survival or death can no longer be understood in their own but rather with reference to a larger system of organisms and non-organic phenomena. What I don't fully ...
by Nikolai
Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A Non-religious Critique of Darwinism
Replies: 41
Views: 18331

I've tried to outline what i see to be the philosophical assumptions of Darwinism below? Darwinism (and I'm talking about current darwinism which includes mendel) requires the random and chaotic mutation of genes. Is there an argument against this randomness? Darwinism requires the absence of teleol...
by Nikolai
Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A Non-religious Critique of Darwinism
Replies: 41
Views: 18331

My worry is that the scientific objections just explain the mysteries as being gaps in knowledge. So if we don't know how life started it is treated as a 'more research in this area needed' type question. I suppose I treat evolution as an inadequate theory because i think it depends on certain myths...
by Nikolai
Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:54 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A Non-religious Critique of Darwinism
Replies: 41
Views: 18331

mick said: 'Firstly, I'm not convinced I have to assume that everything I can observe in a cell is the product of evolution' Sounds interesting, but how could something complex like a mitochondrian develop other than by evolution? Also, there are components within a cell that seem even less organic ...
by Nikolai
Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A Non-religious Critique of Darwinism
Replies: 41
Views: 18331

Perhaps not Darwinism as in all that Darwin the man suggested, and perhaps not soup per se. But it is surely implicit within any theory of evolution that there must be some kind of primordial organism(s) from which everything evolved and developed. I I could be contradicted on this point then I am a...