Re: Empiricism

Massimo Pigliucci (
Fri, 17 Apr 1998 16:43:26 -0400

Dear John

> Suppose (though experiment) that you did [have paranormal powers].
> And suppose you were
> not able to demonstrate those powers scientifically. That is -- they
> would
> remain "private knowledge" and no claim made about them could be
> demonstrated objectively.
> It seems to me that you would then be in very much the same situation
> as me (and other Christians) who have encountered God.
> This is not meant to be argumentative; just illustrative of what we've
> been
> struggling to communicate to you and Will over the last few weeks.

but paranormal powers are not the same as a supernatural god, are they?
Furthermore, if I had absolutely no control over those powers, and they
were entirely capricious and unrepeatable, I would probably start
thinking that I lost my mind... That's always a possibility, you know?


Massimo Pigliucci, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution
Society for the Study of Evolution "Dobzhansky" Awardee
Dept. of Botany, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-1100
phone 423-974-6221 fax 0978

Lab page Science & Society Darwin Day Rationalists of East Tennessee

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