teleology & ethics

The word ‘teleology’ (from Greek τελος ‘telos’ – meaning ‘goal’, ‘end’, ‘purpose’ or ‘that toward which things tend’) is not a street-level term.  However, the concept of a purpose, goal, function or ‘end’ to things most certainly is.  It’s a common as anything.  Teleology is blindingly relevant.

on science/faith blogging…

miscellaneous thoughts… if the time we spend is to be at all worthwhile, we need to accept that words matter enough to use them and work at our use of them (some key words in science/faith include: ‘knowledge’, ‘evidence’, ‘explanation’, ‘natural’, ‘reality’, etc). it occurs to me that aiming for mutual understanding is infinitely more… Continue reading on science/faith blogging…

religion impeding science?

In a 2007 debate with John Lennox (viewable here), Richard Dawkins vocalises his frustration that religion (in his view) ‘stuntifies’ true scientific understanding: “The scientific enterprise is an active, seeking… an active seeking out of gaps in our knowledge… [a] seeking out of ignorance, so that we can work to plug that ignorance.  But religion… Continue reading religion impeding science?

an end of the pax americana?

Obamas turn has come to rule the American empire. Will it continue to be a mass-consuming empire of greed? Only time will tell. Here is a thoughtful, timely and read-worthy critique by Brian Walsh entitled: Barack Obama: A Post-Imperial Presidency? And yes, the same question could’ve/should’ve been asked had McCain won the election…

my face (in general) & my nose (in particular)

So, I got a call from a friend and we had arranged for he and his wife to come over within the next half-hour… I remembered that I still had to take the compost stuff out and dig a hole and bury it… I raced to the living room (where my shoes were – right… Continue reading my face (in general) & my nose (in particular)

anthropocentric ethics

Anthropocentric Ethics – In Ancient & Modern Perspective The author/composer/poet/community which produced the text we know of as Genesis 1 observed many things. Just one of these is the uniqueness of humans in relation to our environment. Day and night, earth and sky, sea and land, vegetation, and fruits, creatures great and tiny, both in… Continue reading anthropocentric ethics

porn parade – questions

The Erotica porn industry exhibition (forgive me for not hunting for a link – !!!) got free advertising by way of the now infamous and highly controversial ‘Boobs on Bikes’ parade. Auckland City Council tried to stop the topless ride down Queen St., but Judge Nicola Mathers allowed it, commenting that it was ‘not offensive… Continue reading porn parade – questions

pain bears a message

This post over at ‘Just Thomism‘ is short, sweet and very thought-provoking. I’m thankful for pain. Not generally at the moment I experience it, but when I think about it, yes I’m glad (for example) that my body tells me when I’m burning my hand on the stove-top. It’s a painful message that my body… Continue reading pain bears a message

immoral eating?

I saw some footage tonight from a hot-dog eating contest… Disgusting… Utterly disgusting… Yet somewhat amusing… But later I thought… “Hey, isn’t that shocking? All these people cramming down (and I don’t know how long they stayed ‘down’…) dozens of hot-dogs each, while food is scarce for most/many in the world!!??” Is this utterly immoral?… Continue reading immoral eating?