The Discovery Institute’s creationist blog has an amazing little essay by Michael Egnor — that’s his writeup at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. Egnor’s hatred of science is virulent. Our last post about one of his rants was Egnor: Hatred of the Material World.
Like Ben Carson, about whom we just wrote Ben Carson Is Unfit To Be President, Egnor is a neurosurgeon. What is it with those guys? Perhaps they’re overwhelmed by the mind–body problem, which causes them to believe in the literal reality of a non-material realm of existence.
He begins by linking to an article in the Telegraph, Stephen Hawking tells Google ‘philosophy is dead’, which says:
Speaking to Google’s Zeitgeist Conference in Hertfordshire, the author of ‘A Brief History of Time’ said that fundamental questions about the nature of the universe could not be resolved without hard data such as that currently being derived from the Large Hadron Collider and space research. “Most of us don’t worry about these questions most of the time. But almost all of us must sometimes wonder: Why are we here? Where do we come from? Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead,” he said. “Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.”
Egnor is enraged. He declares:
Hawking’s assertion is philosophy, so he refutes himself.
Aha — Hawking is a babbling fool! Let’s read on:
His philosophical musings are notoriously sophomoric, so it’s not clear exactly what he means. To properly refute himself, he would have to muster sufficient philosophical rigor to make a proposition that can be true or false. Such rigor seems to be beyond Hawking’s intellectual powers.
Yes, what is Hawking, compared to a Discoveroid like Egnor? He continues:
Perhaps what he means is that metaphysics has not kept up with science, which is just a conceptual jumble. The metaphysics of Aristotle and Aquinas is far and away the most successful framework on which to understand modern science, especially quantum mechanics.
Really? Here’s more:
… Aristotelian final causation remains the only coherent way to understand evolutionary change — the most dramatic example of final causation in biology is convergent evolution.
Uh huh. Everything happens for a purpose. It’s so obvious! If you want to know more about Aristotelian causality, Wikipedia has a write up on his Four causes. Moving along:
The Big Bang was foreseen by medieval philosophers (who argued that the universe could not be infinite in the past) and of course by theologians.
That’s news to us. We assume Egnor is thinking of divine creation, which isn’t quite what the Big Bang theory is all about. Another excerpt:
In quantum mechanics, cosmology, and evolutionary biology, scientists are just catching up to over two thousand years of philosophical and theological insight.
Why — oh why! — don’t scientists pay attention to the theologians? On with the article:
Scientists understand the philosophical framework of their technical labor. Technicians crunch numbers and tinker with instruments, with little insight into the philosophical basis for their calculations.
Scientists are like children, unthinkingly tinkering with their gadgets. Egnor elaborates on that point:
Atheist technicians like Hawking are poor imitations of the great scientists of the scientific enlightenment and the great pioneers in modern physics — vanishingly few of whom were atheists. Real scientists do more than play with equations and tinker with instruments.
Egnor goes on like that for a while. He never gets around to telling us what his way has given us, but we already know that, don’t we? Yes, it’s the wondrous “theory” of intelligent design. Now we’ll skip to the end:
Atheists like Hawking believe that the universe ultimately makes no sense and has no purpose. Why should we ascribe purpose or sense to their own half-educated musings?
So there you are. The only true scientists are the Discoveroids, who know that there is an intelligent designer of the universe. So pay no attention to those bumbling, second-rate minds like Hawking. Compared to the theologians and philosophers of the past, and their intellectual heirs, the Discoveroids, scientists like Hawking know nothing!
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