Samir’s Selection 06/17/2014 (p.m.)
Modern Cosmology Versus God’s Creation |
Tim Maudlin, a professor of philosophy at New York University and the author of “Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time”:
Atheism is the default position in any scientific inquiry, just as a-quarkism or a-neutrinoism was. That is, any entity has to earn its admission into a scientific account either via direct evidence for its existence or because it plays some fundamental explanatory role…
If, as you have suggested, we are not “good judges of how the deity would behave,” then such an unknown and unpredictable deity cannot provide good explanatory grounds for any phenomenon. The problem with the “minimal view” is that in trying to be as vague as possible about the nature and motivation of the deity, the hypothesis loses any explanatory force, and so cannot be admitted on scientific grounds.
10 scientific ideas that scientists wish you would stop misusing
What Keeps You Up at Night
“bedtime procrastination”: failing to go to bed at the intended time, while no external circumstances prevent a person from doing so.
“We find that people who are generally more likely to procrastinate on things are also more likely to procrastinate on going to bed.” Kroese contends that avoiding bedtime involves the same mental process as failing to resist a cookie while you’re trying to diet…
“people who have low self-regulation skills are more likely to keep watching the late night movie, or play yet another computer game despite knowing they might regret it the next morning when waking up tired.”
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