RE: [asa] Origins of Life

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Wed Jun 10 2009 - 22:42:36 EDT


The experimental sciences deal with the phenomenological not with the ontological domain of Nature. Metaphysics deals with ontological domain, that is, with the question of being or existence. Scientists establish existence operationally and not in the abstract. Surely, experimenters make all sorts of assumptions but they are all regarding the phenomenological not the ontological. I agree that the Christian faith considers as factual the existence of an external world that is regular owing to the nature of the Creator. This is not only conducive to good science but provided the ambient for the creation of modern science.

From: David Campbell []
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 6:49 PM
To: Alexanian, Moorad
Cc: Gregory Arago;;
Subject: Re: [asa] Origins of Life

> Truly, do experimental scientists need any metaphysical assumptions to do their research? <

Although they need not be explicit, or even can be not in accord with
the metaphysics that the experimenter professes, in doing an
experiment one makes several metaphysical assumptions, such as

There is some sort of external reality.
Experimenters can meaningfully study that reality.
The external reality usually behaves in a regular manner.
Studying the external reality is worthwhile.
Claims about the external reality ought to be tested experimentally.
Results of experiments ought to be reported truthfully.

All of these can reasonably deduced from a Christian metaphysical
position, though they are compatible with others as well.

Dr. David Campbell
425 Scientific Collections
University of Alabama
"I think of my happy condition, surrounded by acres of clams"
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