This may be the ultimate in mindlessness from the Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. Their latest post is Darwinian Political Science Votes Itself Down to Defeat.
We’re not going to take you through the whole thing because it’s just too painful. The beginning is bad enough. After that you’re on your own, and you’ll be proceeding at your own risk. It starts like this, with bold font added by us and their links omitted:
A highlight of the new book from Discovery Institute Press, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism and Society, is its clear presentation of Lewis’s argument from reason.
We’ll ignore the opportunity to take a shot at the fact that the book is from the Discoveroids’ own vanity publisher. That’s too easy. But let’s pause for a moment to get oriented about C.S. Lewis’ argument. Wikipedia has an article on the Argument from Reason. It’s Lewis’ attempt to argue that reason is invalid.
Ponder that, dear reader. Somehow, Lewis reasoned himself into concluding that reason doesn’t work. The only way to really know anything is with the aid of un-reason, or Oogity Boogity.
Anyone who spends too much time on issues like that risks warping himself beyond recovery. Perhaps that was Lewis’ fate, we don’t know. Anyway, the Discoveroids like his thinking. You knew they would, because they absolutely despise reason and it’s proudest product, science. Okay, let’s return (but only briefly) to the Discoveroid article. It says:
The argument shows that any rational proposition advanced to support materialism undermines itself. John West summarizes in Chapter 7 (page 155):
[The Discoveroids quote West’s words:] …Lewis argued that reason cannot be accounted for by an undirected material process of chance and necessity such as natural selection acting on random mutations. If reason could be accounted for in this way, according to Lewis, we would have no reason to trust the conclusions of our minds, including the conclusion that our minds are the products of a material process of chance and necessity.
Aren’t you glad we’re bringing this mess to your attention? Then the Discoveroids say:
This argument becomes almost self-evident the more you think about it. In the book, the comeback arguments are addressed in detail, leaving no escape for the materialist: affirm materialism, and you abandon rationality.
Isn’t that lovely? You abandon rationality unless you abandon the material world (all that evidence stuff) and embrace Oogity Boogity. Are you wondering who would spend any time entertaining such a notion? For some, it’s necessary. When you have no evidence for your “theory” of intelligent design, the best you can do is claim that thinking about evidence is a fallacy.
That’s as far as we can go with this thing because our brain won’t let us get past the threshold (it keeps insisting on coming along), so this is where we’re stopping. The Discoveroid article wanders off into genetics, politics, and other issues. If you can follow the whole thing, please do so and then let us know what you make of it.
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