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The Word vs The World

I’ve made the mistake of arguing with scripturalists recently, and while this won’t convince them of anything it’ll reduce my motivation to engage with them in future because there’ll be no point in just repeating what I’ve said here, which … Continue reading

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Something for Everyone

So I’ve published a book. Darwin’s Theorem is a story about stories (the working title for a long time was “Metastory”) that’s also a mystery, a romance, an adventure, and various other things besides. Not quite science fiction, excessively didactic… … Continue reading

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Supernatural Explanations

Before talking about supernatural explanations, it’s a good idea to say something about explanations in general. An explanation is a causal account of a particular situation based on general principles, laws or abstractions. Causal accounts are general, explanatory accounts are … Continue reading

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Why Isn’t the Germ Theory of Disease Mentioned in Scripture?

My text for the day will be the Gospel According to Lister, in which he recounts the revelation God gave to His beloved prophet, Pasteur: And in those days there was a great sickness in the land, and the people … Continue reading

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The Mess That\’s Texas

The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) has released a platform that is so over-the-top stupid and self-contradictory it reads like a parody of itself. The brain trust of the RPT begins by affirming that governments in the US ought to … Continue reading

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Some Notes on the Higgs

It looks very likely that the Higgs boson has been observed at CERN. There’s a lot of careful, discriminating, detailed and precise analysis to be done yet, but the data so far are consistent with a Standard Model Higgs, which … Continue reading

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Not the End of the World

It is October 22nd and the world is still here. It has not been consumed by fire. Unbelievers have not been swept away by a vast panoply of material calamities. The elect have not been taken off to heaven. Harold … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Tautologies

Philosophers routinely and uncritically proclaim that tautologies are ontologically vacuous. Since I’ve claimed to be a bit of a Kantian, and the analytic-synthetic dichotomy is a classical Kantian mistake, it seems worth taking a bit of time to explain what’s … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Causality

Causality, like pornography, is one of those things that people have trouble defining, although they have a deeply ingrained feeling that they’ll know it when they see it. Aristotle talked about four types of causality: formal, material, efficient and final. … Continue reading

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The Nature of Existence

The Greeks had a word for it, although I’m not entirely sure what it was. The name “metaphysics” is taken from the book that was bound “after Physics” in some early collection of Aristotle’s work. At least that’s the story. … Continue reading

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