Re: [asa] Nature on Gonzalez Tenue

From: PvM <pvm.pandas@gmail.com>
Date: Fri May 25 2007 - 22:38:06 EDT

Perhaps we should gave the signees a bit of grace as well and not
limit ourselves to these three options?

On 5/25/07, Todd Pedlar <pedlto01@luther.edu> wrote:
> PvM wrote:
>
> > Ah right 'dishonestly' and your reasons for making this conclusion is
> > what? Are you sure you have exhausted the possible explanations?
> >
> >
> > On 5/25/07, philtill@aol.com <philtill@aol.com> wrote:
> >
> >>
> >>
> >> David,
> >> I think it is far worse than even this. In their faculty petition they
> >> even made up their own definition for methodological naturalism, in
> >> which
> >> they basically discarded the qualifier "methodological" and described
> >> philosophical naturalism instead. Strictly according to their
> >> definition,
> >> anyone who is not a philosophical naturalist (i.e., anyone who
> >> believes God
> >> did anything at all) cannot be a scientist. But they dishonestly
> >> kept the
> >> word "methodological" in front of "naturalism" when they gave this
> >> definition. Science was defined by the word "methodological" in
> >> front of
> >> "naturalism" for a reason, and they should know that! Either they
> >> are being
> >> dishonest, playing a shell game to make people think that science is
> >> something that it never has been, or they are just ignorant
> >> anti-theists who
> >> don't understand science themselves, or they were being so zealous in
> >> their
> >> attempt to get at Gonzalez that they became sloppy and failed to
> >> notice what
> >> they were writing.
> >
> Phil was being a little inconsistent there, since he said "dishonestly
> kept..."
> and then later gave three options for their incorrect usage of
> 'methodological naturalism'. You could give him a little more grace, as
> he (ultimately) did in his three options.
>
> Todd
>
> ________________________________________________________________________________
> Todd K. Pedlar
> Assistant Professor of Physics
> Luther College
> pedlto01@luther.edu
> _________________________________________________________________________________
>
>
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