Tag: Daniel Dennett

  • The Last Superstition: Material Brains, Immaterial Software

    The Last Superstition: Material Brains, Immaterial Software

    Chapter 5: The Mind-Body Problem After spending several pages, as is his wont, trashing Locke, Descartes, and other people he doesn’t agree with, Feser tells us why materialist explanations of the mind are doomed: the human mind is all about final causes: we plan, we imagine, we make mental images and so on. All of […]

  • I Am Chase and/or Sanborn

    Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Intuition Pump So the other day, I found myself inside a philosophical intuition pump. But first, a bit of background: Qualia (singular quale), in philosophy, are basically the sense of perceiving something. If you’ve ever had that discussion about “how do I know that what […]

  • Defining God Into Existence

    One of the more slippery arguments for the existence of God is the ontological argument. It goes roughly as follows: God is the most perfect being imaginable. A being that exists is more perfect than one that doesn’t. Therefore, God exists. The details vary from one apologist to the next, depending just how much circumlocution […]

  • Creative Ignorance

    The other day, I was in a discussion about whether computers can be creative. Personally, I thought the answer was a big “duh, yes”, if only because programs (often even my own) often do things that surprise me, but at least I managed to shift the conversation toward the question of “what is creativity? How […]

  • Analogy O’ the Week

    Daniel Dennett, about why God allows innocents to suffer: The Problem of Evil, capital letters and all, is the central enigma confronting theists. There is no solution. Isn’t that obvious? All the holy texts and interpretations that contrive ways of getting around the problem read like the fine print in a fraudulent contract–and for the […]

  • Ben Stein vs. Daniel Dennett

    There are people out there who want to keep science in a little box where it can’t possibly touch God.[…] Scientists are not allowed to even think thoughts that involve an intelligent creator. — Ben Stein in the teaser trailer to Expelled There are obstacles confronting the scientific study of religion, and there are misgivings […]