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Zombie Culture Pt. 1

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Andy will be attending the Evangelical Theological Society / Evangelical Philosophical Society annual meeting this week.

Evangelical Theological Society website

Evangelical Philosophical Society website

Definitions we used in this week’s episode

Zombie Culture: Any worldview that leads to the dehumanization of people

scientism: Belief that the natural sciences can explain everything and that only the natural sciences give us real knowledge

Quotes from this week’s episode

Johannes Kepler

“It is a right, yes a duty, to search in cautious manner for the numbers, sizes, and weights, the norms for everything [God] has created. For He himself has let man take part in the knowledge of these things… …For these secrets are not of the kind whose research should be forbidden; rather they are set before our eyes like a mirror so that by examining them we observe to some extent the goodness and wisdom of the Creator.”

Alex Rosenberg

“Many people who recognize that physics rule out free will have weighed that fact against their introspective feeling that choice is up to them. Their line of thinking goes like this: point your right index finger straight up in front of you. Now ask yourself, “Given the whole history of the universe that led up to the current state of my brain, plus all the laws of nature, known and unknown at work in my brain, is it really still up to me to choose which way to point my finger, to my left or to my right, or neither?” Science answers no.”

From The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions (152)

Thomas Nagel

“My skepticism is not based on religious beliefs, or on a belief in any definite alternative. It is just a belief that the available scientific evidence, in spite of the consensus of scientific opinion, does not in this matter rationally require us to subordinate the incredulity of common sense… …I realize that such doubts will strike many people as outrageous, but that is because almost everyone in our secular culture has been browbeaten into regarding the reductive research program as sacrosanct, on the grounds that anything else would not be science.”

From Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

Intro and outro music

Re: Your Brains by Jonathan Coulton, licensed by Creative Commons

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