Science

The Inadequacy of Mechanistic Causation

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Even if you can invent a purely mechanistic account of why you raise your hand to ask a question in a biology class, that account will never provide the complete picture. Let’s imagine, for a moment, that you… [click to read more]

Rain Makes Water Fall from the Sky

Posted on April 13, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Down syndrome does not cause a learning disability. If you don’t believe me, keep reading. Once upon a time, there was a scientist who studied children and their biological and cognitive development. He met all kinds of children… [click to read more]

Intelligent Design and Psychology

Posted on March 17, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson What do arguments against intelligent design have to do with psychology? I’ll level with you—this post isn’t really about Intelligent Design (ID). It’s about the philosophy of science, and what rejecting Intelligent Design as a science implies about… [click to read more]

The Language of Science

Posted on November 3, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Hammer and screw. A tool is much more effective when you know how to use it right, including its limitations. In my previous two posts, I explained how experimentation can never verify or falsify scientific theories. Does this… [click to read more]

The Logic of Falsification

Posted on October 27, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne In my previous post, I explained how experimentation is essentially a kind of logical argument. Based upon this assumption, I demonstrated how experimentation alone could never indubitably prove a hypothesis true, because whenever we conclude that our theory… [click to read more]

The Language of Science

Posted on November 3, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Hammer and screw. A tool is much more effective when you know how to use it right, including its limitations. In my previous two posts, I explained how experimentation can never verify or falsify scientific theories. Does this… [click to read more]

More "Self-evident" Premises of Science

Posted on July 11, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “‘Self-evident’ Premises of Science,” I cited six premises listed in the opening essay of the BYU physical science textbook. The authors explain, “All reasoning must rest upon assumptions, and the scientific method … assumes… [click to read more]

In Pursuit of Truth

Posted on October 14, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne In our age, science has attained a respected status that has largely gone unchallenged. I suspect there are many good reasons for this. Clearly, we have many conveniences today that we commonly attribute to the scientific endeavor. This… [click to read more]

"Self-evident" Premises of Science

Posted on July 7, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In the opening essay of the BYU physical science textbook, the authors included a section on some of the basic premises upon which the reasoning portion of the scientific method rests. They explain, “All reasoning must rest upon… [click to read more]

Epistemology: How We Know Things

Posted on May 28, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Philosophy can be divided into several branches that address different issues, such as metaphysics (“What is real?”) or axiology (“What is good?”). One of those branches is epistemology. According to Gerald Lund, “Epistemology is the study of how… [click to read more]

Needed or Enough?

Posted on September 2, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne This post may seem a little basic, but I believe that there are two terms that, if understood properly, may greatly help us understand how the doctrines of the Restoration may compare with the philosophies of the world…. [click to read more]

Intelligent Design and Psychology

Posted on March 17, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson What do arguments against intelligent design have to do with psychology? I’ll level with you—this post isn’t really about Intelligent Design (ID). It’s about the philosophy of science, and what rejecting Intelligent Design as a science implies about… [click to read more]

Gravity Made It Happen

Posted on September 25, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Physicists have noticed that things accelerate at a particular rate when falling towards the earth. After extensive observation, they discovered that the acceleration of falling objects could be generalized and approximated by this particular mathematical equation: M represents… [click to read more]

The Greek and Hebrew Intellectual Traditions

Posted on July 18, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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We live in a very different intellectual climate than those who wrote the scriptures. Our philosophy and our academic climate was inherited to us from the Greeks; even our concept of truth “originates primarily where a lot of Western intellectual… [click to read more]

The Language of Science

Posted on November 3, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Hammer and screw. A tool is much more effective when you know how to use it right, including its limitations. In my previous two posts, I explained how experimentation can never verify or falsify scientific theories. Does this… [click to read more]

The Inadequacy of Mechanistic Causation

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Even if you can invent a purely mechanistic account of why you raise your hand to ask a question in a biology class, that account will never provide the complete picture. Let’s imagine, for a moment, that you… [click to read more]

Rain Makes Water Fall from the Sky

Posted on April 13, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Down syndrome does not cause a learning disability. If you don’t believe me, keep reading. Once upon a time, there was a scientist who studied children and their biological and cognitive development. He met all kinds of children… [click to read more]

Intelligent Design and Psychology

Posted on March 17, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson What do arguments against intelligent design have to do with psychology? I’ll level with you—this post isn’t really about Intelligent Design (ID). It’s about the philosophy of science, and what rejecting Intelligent Design as a science implies about… [click to read more]

The Language of Science

Posted on November 3, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Hammer and screw. A tool is much more effective when you know how to use it right, including its limitations. In my previous two posts, I explained how experimentation can never verify or falsify scientific theories. Does this… [click to read more]

The Logic of Falsification

Posted on October 27, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne In my previous post, I explained how experimentation is essentially a kind of logical argument. Based upon this assumption, I demonstrated how experimentation alone could never indubitably prove a hypothesis true, because whenever we conclude that our theory… [click to read more]

The Language of Science

Posted on November 3, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Hammer and screw. A tool is much more effective when you know how to use it right, including its limitations. In my previous two posts, I explained how experimentation can never verify or falsify scientific theories. Does this… [click to read more]

More "Self-evident" Premises of Science

Posted on July 11, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “‘Self-evident’ Premises of Science,” I cited six premises listed in the opening essay of the BYU physical science textbook. The authors explain, “All reasoning must rest upon assumptions, and the scientific method … assumes… [click to read more]

In Pursuit of Truth

Posted on October 14, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne In our age, science has attained a respected status that has largely gone unchallenged. I suspect there are many good reasons for this. Clearly, we have many conveniences today that we commonly attribute to the scientific endeavor. This… [click to read more]

"Self-evident" Premises of Science

Posted on July 7, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson In the opening essay of the BYU physical science textbook, the authors included a section on some of the basic premises upon which the reasoning portion of the scientific method rests. They explain, “All reasoning must rest upon… [click to read more]

Epistemology: How We Know Things

Posted on May 28, 2008 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Philosophy can be divided into several branches that address different issues, such as metaphysics (“What is real?”) or axiology (“What is good?”). One of those branches is epistemology. According to Gerald Lund, “Epistemology is the study of how… [click to read more]

Needed or Enough?

Posted on September 2, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne This post may seem a little basic, but I believe that there are two terms that, if understood properly, may greatly help us understand how the doctrines of the Restoration may compare with the philosophies of the world…. [click to read more]

Intelligent Design and Psychology

Posted on March 17, 2010 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson What do arguments against intelligent design have to do with psychology? I’ll level with you—this post isn’t really about Intelligent Design (ID). It’s about the philosophy of science, and what rejecting Intelligent Design as a science implies about… [click to read more]

Gravity Made It Happen

Posted on September 25, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Physicists have noticed that things accelerate at a particular rate when falling towards the earth. After extensive observation, they discovered that the acceleration of falling objects could be generalized and approximated by this particular mathematical equation: M represents… [click to read more]

The Greek and Hebrew Intellectual Traditions

Posted on July 18, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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We live in a very different intellectual climate than those who wrote the scriptures. Our philosophy and our academic climate was inherited to us from the Greeks; even our concept of truth “originates primarily where a lot of Western intellectual… [click to read more]

The Language of Science

Posted on November 3, 2008 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Jeffrey Thayne Hammer and screw. A tool is much more effective when you know how to use it right, including its limitations. In my previous two posts, I explained how experimentation can never verify or falsify scientific theories. Does this… [click to read more]