Tag Archives: Daniel Dennett

The Last Superstition: Material Brains, Immaterial Software

Chapter 5: The Mind-Body Problem After spending several pages, as is his wont, trashing Locke, Descartes, and other people he doesn’t agree with, Feser tells us why materialist explanations of the mind are doomed: the human mind is all about … Continue reading

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I Am Chase and/or Sanborn

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Intuition Pump So the other day, I found myself inside a philosophical intuition pump. But first, a bit of background: Qualia (singular quale), in philosophy, are basically the sense of … Continue reading

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Defining God Into Existence

One of the more slippery arguments for the existence of God is the ontological argument. It goes roughly as follows: God is the most perfect being imaginable. A being that exists is more perfect than one that doesn’t. Therefore, God … Continue reading

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Creative Ignorance

The other day, I was in a discussion about whether computers can be creative. Personally, I thought the answer was a big “duh, yes”, if only because programs (often even my own) often do things that surprise me, but at … Continue reading

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Analogy O’ the Week

Daniel Dennett, about why God allows innocents to suffer: The Problem of Evil, capital letters and all, is the central enigma confronting theists. There is no solution. Isn’t that obvious? All the holy texts and interpretations that contrive ways of … Continue reading

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Ben Stein vs. Daniel Dennett

There are people out there who want to keep science in a little box where it can’t possibly touch God.[…] Scientists are not allowed to even think thoughts that involve an intelligent creator. — Ben Stein in the teaser trailer … Continue reading

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