Creationists Lay Claim to Consciousness

Posted 28 Oct 2008 at 21:52 UTC (updated 29 Oct 2008 at 03:58 UTC) by steve Share This

We've covered a lot of wild theories and speculations about the nature of consciousness over the years but this one takes the proverbial cake. According to a NewScientist article titled "Creationists Declare War over the Brain", creationists want to resurrect Cartesian Dualism with the claim that consciousness and cognition are outside of the realm of science. Instead, they claim, a "non-natural" explanation is required. They find the brain's cognitive functions are so hard to understand that they must be evidence of supernatural doings. If this sounds strangely similar to "irreducible complexity", it should. These new claims seem to be originating from the Discovery Institute, the same creationist group whose failed "wedge strategy" to push religious teaching into public schools was made famous in the 2005 Dover case. The article suggests the brain may be the next battleground in the creationist's war against science. Which brings to mind the question, if these guys don't do science, how did they come to know a truth about consciousness that has eluded scientists for so long? James Porter Moreland of the Discovery Institute says, "I've been doing a lot of thinking about consciousness and how it might contribute to evidence for the existence of God". See the recent Conscious Entities article for details on how their thinking also turns consciousness into a new "proof" that evolution is false. This is bad news for scientists. Already being criticized for not doing enough to explain evolution, they now face the challenge of having to fight misinformation in a completely new field as well.

"not doing enough", posted 30 Oct 2008 at 01:56 UTC by TheDuck » (Journeyer)

You'd think everything science has done would lend it some credibility. They've certainly done enough. However, it wasn't dramatic and confrontational so everybody forgets.

I mean, sure, it's nice to have something that constantly challenges science to keep it growing and in the public. But this constant irreducible stupidity that contradicts itself and leaves holes rampant in the "proofs" is really too much. The 'science' of "I can't explain it, therefore I make something up" has simply got to end.

Please read [i]Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology[/i] for a fuller explanation.

A few other related links, posted 30 Oct 2008 at 05:48 UTC by steve » (Master)

Wow, some reading for this evening., posted 30 Oct 2008 at 17:44 UTC by TheDuck » (Journeyer)

Thanks, Steve.

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