There are few things as fundamental as Epistemology. Wikipedia says:
Epistemology studies the nature of knowledge, justification, and the rationality of belief. Much of the debate in epistemology centers on four areas: (1) the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it relates to such concepts as truth, belief, and justification, (2) various problems of skepticism, (3) the sources and scope of knowledge and justified belief, and (4) the criteria for knowledge and justification.
One thing you don’t want to do is learn epistemology from a creationist, because they believe things that aren’t true and reject things that are well supported by science. But it can be entertaining when they try to lecture us. For example, look at this new post from the Discovery Institute: Descartes’s Blunder, written by Michael Egnor — that’s his write-up at the Encyclopedia of American Loons.
The last time we wrote about one of his posts was Discoveroid Post Beyond Description. This one today is in that grand tradition. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
What is it that we are most sure of? It’s a fundamental question, the object of philosophical analysis for millennia. Our modern answer to this question was provided by René Descartes in the 17th century. Descartes’s answer is the answer most modern men would give. But Descartes got it wrong.
He concludes, famously, that he can be certain only of this: that he exists. Cogito ergo sum. Because even to doubt his own existence presupposes his existence.
Skipping an ark-load, he says:
The law of non-contradiction, not cogito ergo sum, is the foundation of knowledge.
You’re probably familiar with the Law of noncontradiction. It’s certainly fundamental. You can review Egnor’s discussion up to that point, but it’s essentially irrelevant. He should have started with non-contradiction. Anyway, this is where it gets interesting. He tells us:
It’s worth noting that modern atheists and materialists have a particular problem with non-contradiction. Consider a number of atheist and materialist claims in this light.
Egnor’s expression “atheist and materialist” means anyone who accepts the theory of evolution. In other words, he’s talking about you, dear reader. He provides several examples of your “problem” with non-contradiction. We’ll give you a few, starting with:
Materialists and atheists claim that ID is scientifically wrong, and claim that ID is not scientifically testable. But of course, in order to be scientifically wrong, ID must be scientifically testable.
[*Groan*] ID isn’t testable because it’s unsupported by evidence. And it denies evolution which is so supported. Egnor continues:
Materialists and atheists believe that our minds evolved by natural selection. But if we evolved wholly by natural selection, we evolved to maximize reproductive success, not to discern truth, and thus we could not trust our belief that we evolved by natural selection.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There is no natural advantage to being able to distinguish reality from nonsense. Let’s read on:
Materialists and atheists believe that the universe spontaneously came from nothing, and they define nothing as the laws of quantum mechanics.
[*Groan *] No comment necessary. Another excerpt:
Materialists and atheists believe that the existence of evil disproves the existence of God, yet if there is no ultimate Source of right and wrong, there is no evil and no good; there are merely circumstances we like or dislike.
Ah yes, the Problem of evil. The Discoveroids can’t blame it on Adam & Eve, so what do they do? They declare that it’s the advocates of evolution who are inherently evil. Here’s Egnor’s brilliant conclusion:
Again and again, materialists and atheists hold opinions that violate the law of non-contradiction. In this sense, atheism and materialism aren’t even really metaphysical theories. They’re just self-refuting nonsense.
So there you are, dear reader. You are the purveyor of nonsense, and the Discoveroids teach The Truth™.
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