Friday, February 23, 2007

Intelligent Design: Yesterday's Orthodoxy, Today's Heresy - audio lecture by William Dembski

- you may have to scroll down the page a bit. This is one of five presentations available. (2003)
- my favorite talk was # 5. (The design revolution)

1. In lecture 5. Dembski quotes R. Lewontin (in a review of carl sagan's last book) as saying; "we must not let the divine foot in the door... our materialism must be absolute."
- This is ludicrous of course; as no one (no one) lives in absolute conformity with materialism... certainly not Prof. L.
For example; he's not being a materialist when he says "we must not..." or when he says,"our m. must be...'' Here he's making moral and ethical pleas; which make no sense in a world of matter. (Doesn't he see this?) ie. you don't say to a rock, "you must not move... you must stand firm...''
Surely he knows full well materialism cannot be applied to the most important aspects of our lives... yet he comes out publicly with nonsense like the above. (The great game Materialists play is to pretend we can divide the world up into the material and the human; but if M. were true this would be absurd.
The fact no one even pretends to apply Materialism to our human lives is all the evidence we need the theory is woefully inadequate. (Or should we be more concerned with rocks than with people?) When you cut through all the b.s. the M. is saying this; ''we can account for matter perfectly... but can't begin to account for human beings.''
It can only be an animus against theism that can explain why anyone can be content with such a bankrupt view of the world. Anyone 'neutral' person (if such existed) would see clearly that this failure is conclusive evidence the theory (M.) is wrong. Any theory that can't account for human experience must be rejected; even if only on psychological grounds. (ie. anyone who thinks so has to have a warped personality; even if it's culturally induced rather than an individual pathology.)
Materialism says plainly; people don't count... human experience doesn't count. This is inhuman at best; anti-human at worst. (Intellectual or philosophical pathology.) In Materialism we see the descent from science into scientism. We see the scientist so obsessed with the material world (objects) he loses sight of the human.



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