The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
I enjoy reading William Dembski’s blog, Uncommon Descent. For those of you who may not have been over there for awhile, it recently got a new face-lift so go on over and check it out. While going through their archives I noted that in response to a request from a grad student in the field of philosophy for a “philosophically educated beginner’s guide to ID” Dembski posted this impromptu reading list:
Over at Evangelical Outpost, Joe Carter has written a post on Science vs. Naturalism: Why Naturalism is a Self-Refuting Philosophy. (HT: Wayne Shih)
I strongly recommend the book Naturalism Defeated?: Essays on Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism which addresses this topic more completely.
Contributors to this book include William Ramsey, Jerry Fodor, Evan Fales, Michael Bergmann, Ernest Sosa, James Van Cleve, Timothy O’Connor, Richard Otte, W.J. Talbott, Trenton Merricks, William Alston, and Alvin Plantinga.
This book isn’t exactly a page-turner, but it is a very important work for those who are considering the intellectual foundations of evolutionary science.
“Having been a sounding board for Ann Coulter, on chapters 8-10 of GODLESS), I’m happy to see the entire book now that it is out. Ann is taking Phillip Johnson’s message as developed in DARWIN ON TRIAL and REASON IN THE BALANCE and bringing it home to the masses. Critics will dismiss it for its hyperbole, lack of nuance, and in-your-face attitude. But she has the gist just right, which is that materialism (she calls it liberalism) dominates our culture despite being held by only a minority of the populace and has become an agenda among our elites (academy, scientists, media) for total worldview reprogramming. Close to half the book is devoted to science and evolution. I cannot help but feel that GODLESS will propel our issues in the public consciousness like nothing to date. Phillip Johnson’s DARWIN ON TRIAL took ten years to sell 300,000 copies. I expect Ann will sell more than that in ten weeks.”