Re: Answer to Eugenie Scott's views

John W Burgeson (
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 11:16:55 -0700

Will Provine wrote:

" Methodological naturalism applied to
evolution yields the same picture as philosophical naturalism."

I had not thought of it that way, Will, but you are right of course.
There is no experiment or discovery I can make that would
falsify the principle of natural causation, and that is true, I think,
in thought scenarios (go back to the Cana wedding and test
that wine every way possible; show up with Thomas after the
resurrection and do a complete medical workup on Jesus). Under the
methodological naturalism rule, I will conclude natural causation.

What if, however, I discard that rule? What I do then is NOT science.
If I keep the rule "philosophical naturalism," I will conclude the same
as before.
If I do not keep that rule, I may well (I WILL) conclude otherwise.


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