Tuesday, June 20, 2017

consciousness

An interesting point.  If this is true, must it follow that consciousness reduce to physical laws (note: I fon't believe that Penrose is a reductionist though he may well be some sort of physicalist). 

Many hard-core materialists believe by simply categorizing all difficult-to-reduce phenomena as epiphenomena they have made "a proper place for it." 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Reductio ad 'undesirum'


One might say this is a conundrum of the design inference:  Assuming for the moment that the biological world can be attributed to intentional design, is the most reasonable next inference--even if it can't be inferred scientifically but only on philosophical/religious grounds--that the designing intelligence is that which also caused and infused order into this universe?

A related concern (for some people) is this:  If that is the most reasonable inference after the design inference, should that consequence invalidate the design inference?   

Modified from its original form