Immutable Species-brought to you by the Great Apostasy

The Great Apostasy is generally considered a bad idea. Christianity, therein imbibed a whole draught of Greek philosophy which needed the Restoration to clean it up. Indeed, in the Nag Hammadi Library they not only found the writings of all kinds of extra New Testementy stuff, but Plato’s Republic. Continue reading Immutable Species-brought to you by the Great Apostasy

If McCoy was a physicalist he was right not to trust the transporter

Pondering on those who argue consciousness is purely a physical phenomenon one day, I designed a thought experiment, (but shortly found that it was an elaboration of a thought experiment, proposed by McGinn in 1999 (although I think mine carries more oomph)).

Leonard McCoy, the doctor in the original Star Trek TV series, did not trust the transporter, a device that beamed you from one place to another by splitting you up into your constituent atoms and sending them from here to there in the blink of an eye and reassembling them on the other side. He was very unsettled about being broken down and being put back together (perhaps he had seen the 1950s movie The Fly and had been concerned about the potential for error in such a machine). But there may be a bigger problem than McCoy realized. Continue reading If McCoy was a physicalist he was right not to trust the transporter

Tsetse flies: Why evolution and climate change matter

I thought I would give you a sense of my work in science to give a better context for what I do for a living. Plus since it involves both evolution and climate change it gives me a chance to promote two of my favorite topics and the focus of this blog!

So what do I do? I study tsetse flies. Here is a picture:

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Happy Easter

The language of faith, like that of the poet, the lover, and the mystic, does not simply relate secular facts about what occurred in history at a particular moment in time. Faith experiences and speaks of the divine initiative and intervention in the world, and that claim (as the distinguished Jewish Talmudic scholar Jacob . . . → Read More: Happy Easter

Interview with dead Henri Bergson: Part IV (and last)

I’d like to welcome my guest today at the Mormon Organon studio: Henri Bergson. As many of you know Henri died in 1941 but the indefatigable Frenchman will not stay down and has agreed to be my guest today, channeled trough the help of the Psychic Channel Medium “Hectaba”
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Fossil brings Dawkins into the Faith

With the discovery of a fossilized human skeleton within the rib cage of a 65 million year old Tyrannosaurus Rex, evolutionary biologists are having to rethink everything. “I can’t believe how wrong I was.” Said evolutionary defender Daniel Dennett, “I was just sure it was true. I mean really sure.” Representatives from the New . . . → Read More: Fossil brings Dawkins into the Faith