Re: What does ID mean?

Moorad Alexanian (alexanian@UNCWIL.EDU)
Fri, 01 May 1998 14:34:40 -0500 (EST)

At 04:12 PM 4/24/98 -0500, Glenn Morton wrote:
>At 09:36 AM 4/24/98, Moorad Alexanian wrote:
>>That is the essence of my argument. Since life is anything but simple we
>>delude ourselves into thinking that we can eventually explain all of it with
>So what you offer is eternal unknowing? We can never know therefore we can
>believe whatever we want but won't ever be able to know. That view reduces
>all experience knowledge to mere belief.

Dear Glenn,

Humility that is all! Let us not exaggerate the power of our brains.
Remember we have a difficult time explaining the very organ we use to do the

>>I have always said that unique events are outside of the purview of
>>science--science in the sense of physics. Cosmology is the only case in
>>physics which is different.
>>We can make statistical predictions of the life of stars and presumably we
>>do not fully understand what is really happening out there. I think of
>>evolutionary theory as forensic science. But when you get to the deep
>>philosophical assumptions being made, one realizes that some scientists
>>annihilate all forms of knowledge and reduce everything to science. That can
>>result in bad science not to say a confused human being.
>But surely we can't evade every problem our viewpoint has with the mere
>dismissal that "we can't ever KNOW". That is reducing all viewpoints to the
>lowest common denominator, it is merely belief and nothing more. It appears
>that you are suggesting that instead of reducing all forms of knowledge to
>science, that we reduce all forms of knowledge to belief. Thus all
>viewpoints are logically and evidentially equivalent and this simply isn't so.
>With this view, why do you do physics? What possible knowledge can you ever

There is a marked difference between giving explanations and claiming that
such explanations are either correct or final. A little humility goes a long
way. As to physics, physicists make big claims but such claims never leave
the physics community and are nothing compared with the claims made by

Take care,