Wednesday, February 16, 2011
One Phil Drietz of Delhi, Wisconsin has been reading Scientific American but I don't he's been doin' it right.
The Sensuous Curmudgeon has already rained justifiable scorn on Mr. Drietz but there were a couple of points I thought were worth mentioning. Mr. Drietz asserts:
I have found that interwoven in all the neat science stuff there is a constant philosophical under-current in support of macro-evolution, old-age of the earth and universe, etc.
And the discovery of soft "tissue" in a few dinosaur bones should, applying "parsimony," lead us to accept that the "simplest explanation for the data" is that "that the 67 million year radiometric generated figure is totally erroneous" ... even though that means that everything we know about subatomic physics, upon which all our our science of electronics, like the computer technology Mr. Drietz is using to display his ignorance for hundreds of millions to see, has to be completely wrong! Not to mention all of geology, cosmology, astrophysics, astronomy, etc., etc. One anomaly is supposedly enough to throw out all that! ... Parsimony, indeed!
But this is what I found funny/appalling:
Is it any wonder that in a recent survey of 900 high school biology teachers, only 28 percent were found to be teaching mainstream evolution effectively? The majority of teachers evidently know it's a philosophical viewpoint with no real science to support it, and so they try to ignore it or even teach intelligent design in place of it or with it.
We now know beyond a doubt that a segment of the "scientific community" has been lying to us about macro-evolution ...
But, can anyone possibly confuse high school biology teachers with the scientific community?
In a world where millions think TV weather guys are climate scientists? I'd say it's a lock.
But anybody who believes in an immaterial soul believes that everything we know about subatomic phsyics is wrong. After all, subatomic physics rests upon the 1st law of thermodynamics. So all people who believe in an immaterial soul, believe that physics is wrong and that the immaterial (non-energy) can interact with the material (energy). Anybody who believes that souls are not of nature (i.e. supernatural) rejects the 1st of thermo. and so can't really be called scientific, even if they do believe in evolution.....
I think this is correct, and I'm possibly wrong. But I wrote it more because I know you're smarter than me, and more learned than me, and therefore will give a decent or undeniable reply that doesn't jetison the 1st law of thermo.
You're simply assuming materialism and, unsurprisingly, concluding materialism.
The 1st Law applies to the material universe, which "souls" purportedly are not a part of. Whether souls are immaterial things interacting with the material universe is a trickier question but there are ways to think of souls that avoid the problem.
Drietz, on the other hand, is talking about material things (radioative elements in rocks). He can posit Omphalos (which is hardly parsimonious) or some change in the rate of radioactive decay (which would have profound and detectable consequences for the universe which we don't observe, also violating parsimony). He is violating his own (supposed) criteria for science.