The Quantum Pontiff

Let’s Make Them Fight Each Other

Oh no: do the Christian creationists know that by taking down Darwin they might inadvertently aid Eastern religions? Witness: the Bhaktivedanta Institute Newsletter. Personally I want a grunge match between the Discovery Institute and the Bhaktivedanta Institute to see who can out pseudoscience each other. “No my psychogenetic fallacy definitely trumps your silly fallacy of division!”

Among many gems in this newsletter, I particularly like their statement of purpose:

Modern science has generally been directed toward investigating the material world, excluding consideration of the conscious scientist who is essential to the whole process, since, of course, the nature of the scientific endeavor itself depends upon consciousness.

Anyone who thinks that science depends on consciousness hasn’t witnessed sleep deprived graduate students in the lab :)

Oh, and as an added bonus, here is a video for those who want to see genetic arguments used toreason about Noah’s ark.

Comments

  1. #1 Jason Failes
    April 3, 2008

    Any day I can learn the definitions of two logical fallacies is a good day.

    As for “the scientific endeavor itself depends upon consciousness”, I hope they realize that there are many robots doing repetitive lab work, and scores of supercomputers analyzing the data.

    All we need now is a good genetic algorithm to help determine the most promising lines on scientific inquiry and, with the aforementioned sleep-deprived grad students, we could (hypothetically) remove consciousness from everything in science but the peer-review.

  2. #2 Jon
    April 3, 2008

    Why couldn’t a panel of computers that were not involved in the original research do peer review?

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    Inquiring into the Origin of Matter and Life
    January-March 2008

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    scientist who is essential to the whole process, since, of
    course, the very existence of the scientific endeavor itself
    depends upon consciousness. Complete scientific knowledge must
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