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To: dmz
"They are called the natural sciences for a reason, Dan. The observable is what the natural sciences have to work with. That is the ‘a priori’ you speak of, and that is as it should be."

Uh, no. That is the fallacy of equivocation where the existence of natural physical laws is equated to philsophical naturalism.

"A defender of the FSM theology could quite simply attribute all of the actions to the FSM that you attribute to the Christian God, and the argument would be very short: “yes it is” “no it isn’t”"

Likewise, a defender of philosophical naturalism would simply attribute all of the actions to undiscovered natural phenomena and the argument would be very short: "yes it is", "no it isn't"

Did I mention that philosophical naturalism destroys critical-thinking ability?

34 posted on 11/25/2008 11:46:44 AM PST by GourmetDan
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To: GourmetDan
Did I mention that philosophical naturalism destroys critical-thinking ability?

That's why science relies on methodological naturalism -- an assumption about the natural world. If that assumption can be shown to be incomplete or wrong it can be changed.

Creationists, on the other hand, willfully accept a philosophical position that destroys their critical-thinking ability--they are absolutely unwilling to accept any evidence that contradicts their religious beliefs. They misrepresent, pick and choose, and otherwise mangle any data that contradicts their religious beliefs, and that which they can't so treat they ignore. Creation "science" is pure religious apologetics, and everyone knows it.

So don't lecture scientists about critical thinking.

67 posted on 11/25/2008 12:35:47 PM PST by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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