Physics, chemistry and biology (and culture) seem to set up a kind of bell curve of freedom over the course of any individual human life. The capacity for self-determination seems to emerge from invisibility, develop, climax, decline and disappear as we journey from zygote, foetus, infant, toddler, adult, mature adult, and finally at death. The… Continue reading a more free will
“All we are is dust in the wind”, said Socrates. In reading about sin and human nature for my mini-thesis, I’ve dipped into the nature/nurture and determinism/free-will discussions. I tend to think that the biblical view of humans takes both sides of these conversations quite seriously. We are limited by our nature/genetics in what we… Continue reading dust in the wind?
I’m beginning to wonder if so-called ‘methodological naturalism’ ought to be critiqued on purely philosophical grounds (i.e. not as a sneaky pre-apologetic move). It seems that many people (against the evidence) are under the impression that ‘science’ supports naturalism (All-is-Nature) more than it supports theism (Nature caused and sustained by Supernature). But if our scientific… Continue reading methodological indifference
Some disconnected thoughts re disability: If Dawkins is right that she is blind, pitiless indifference, then Nature knows nothing: in particular, the difference between ability and disability. Nature also does not distinguish between ‘successful’ species and ‘failed’ (extinct) ones; or between anything… this successful species and that successful species… this or that anything… between self… Continue reading disability
If I had to provide a name for my infantile photography style, it would have to be unnatural realism. ‘Realism’ in the sense that I find myself growing intolerant of hyper-edited shots that look nothing at all like the world. Over-highlighted, over (or under) exposed and saturated, shadows removed, etc. All to just make it… Continue reading unnatural realism
Most popular level ‘arguments for God’ are based on the ‘art/artisan’ analogy, which is probably dismissed a little to easily at times. But nature can still quite rightly and easily seen to be God’s creation even if it was not ‘artificially‘ designed. Artifacts are designed by an artisan, and ‘natural’ things have a mystifying yet… Continue reading the nature of nature
The notion is reflected commonly in popular discourse. Humans wreck the planet and the earth, the universe, or nature ‘fights back’. Noah’s flood, local or global is nothing compared to what our angry step-mother-nature will do if we don’t change our ways and look after the planet better… Makes an entertaining novel, movie, etc. Because… Continue reading mother nature as killer
Never a more sterling case of a bull-full, left-over cultural slogan – nature hath not even a single hint of an intention.
There is a division between the thing itself and the laws which govern it. Unless, of course, one holds that it is self-governed or autonomous (Gk: auto, self; Gk: nomos, law), which seems just as assumptive as claiming it is ruled by an ‘other’. If nature is governed by laws, then those laws themselves are… Continue reading natural law?
Causality is a scientific question. We look at the world of nature and uncover mechanisms at work which cause the world to function and appear as it does. Having said this, when it comes to the philosophical distinction between primary and secondary causes, science not only cannot, but need not know whether its subject –… Continue reading science & causality