August 28, 2016Filed under micro#ethics#philosophy#tweetstormMarkdown source

I originally posted this as a tweetstorm, but I’m treating this as the canonical and adding a tweet to the end of that “topic” linking back here. Indie web forever.


This has been a fascinating weekend of conversations, many of them about systems and institutions and technology—with everyone from Lyft and Uber drivers to Trevin Wax, Joe Carter, and Matthew Lee Anderson.

The conversations Stephen Carradini and I have been having on Winning Slowly over the last couple seasons, and this season ahead, all seem more important to me than ever before. Not because the show itself is very important—it isn’t—but because these issues, and one question in particular, seem increasingly urgent in our day.

That question is simple: Can we say no to given technologies or opportunities, not only as individuals but as communities?

If we cannot, we are slaves to whatever idea someone dreams up next, whether it is good or bad, beautiful or wicked. Our tools will own us.

If we can, then at least some things I believe we ought. The question then will be: what technologies not only can we but must we refuse?

The answers to those questions are more than a tweetstorm can disentangle, indeed will require years of hard work and thought to search out. But as of right now, too few are even asking them—we think instead, “We can, and we may do some good, and so we must!”—heedless of the cost.

These questions press especially on those of us in technology, those of us who teach, and those of us in positions of influence. The things we choose—including, sometimes most importantly, silence and refusal—will shape not only our own but also many others’ lives.

Irreducible Complexity and Design Discourse

Inductive and deductive arguments are not the only ways to form rational, well-warranted beliefs.

May 17, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Fine Tuning

The physical constants of the universe give us good reason to think God exists.

May 17, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Classical Mechanics Doesn't Exclude Miracles

Against an argument which isn't even coherent, much less a defeater.

May 17, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Realism and Antirealism

A key debate in the philosophy of science (with interesting implications for young-earth creationism).

May 16, 2016 (updated June 06, 2016)Filed under Theology#m. div.#papers#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown sourceBibliography
May 14, 2016Filed under micro#philosophyMarkdown source

That feeling when you’re researching a paper and a philosopher cherry-picks all his examples and ignores every countervailing examples.

Full-On Question-Begging

Physicalism is not and cannot be a consequence of science.

May 12, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Empirical Equivalence, Real Semantic Difference

Even when two claims yield the same prediction, their truth content matters.

May 12, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Realism, Generality, and Precision—In Tension?

Biology and physics are different in more ways than one.

May 12, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Aristotle, Newton, and Progress

The limits of Aristotelian science (and why Kuhn might be exaggerating a bit).

May 12, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Statistical Regularities and Explanation

Exactness, explanatory power, causality, and meaning in science.

May 12, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Counterfactuals and Supervenience

Different sciences, different methodologies, different "laws."

May 12, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Science and Pseudo-Science

The demarcation problem, fuzzy lines, and mild discomfort.

May 12, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Corpuscularianism and Atomism

How science and philosophy seek to answer questions.

May 12, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

Realism and Anti-Realism in Science

Do unobservables actually exist? (A riddle. Let the reader understand.)

March 15, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

The 'Covering Law' Model

Why it is defective, and what a good alternative might be.

March 15, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source

The Problem of Induction

Two proposed solutions (in very brief).

March 15, 2016Filed under theology#m. div.#philosophy#science#sebtsMarkdown source