This one at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute is definitely going to give you a brain ache, so you’ve been warned. The thing is titled Determinism: A “Bizarre Position” Held by Scientists “with Great Confidence”, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], biophysicist Cornelius Hunter continues discussing determinism, which he describes as a “bizarre position” held “with great confidence” by scientists such as the German physicist Sabine Hossenfelder. [She’s not relevant to anything the Discoveroids say, but here’s Wikipedia’s write-up on Sabine Hossenfelder.]
We don’t blog much about Cornelius Hunter. One of our last efforts was three years ago: Discoveroid Cornelius Hunter Disproves Evolution. He’s one of their “fellows,” and their bio page on him proudly reveals that he teaches at a bible college. Very impressive!
Cornelius’ podcast is about determinism — a word which has multiple meanings. The Discoveroids begin by telling us:
It’s bizarre, says Hunter, because if it’s true, then the universe’s initial conditions and the laws of nature produced the particular works of Beethoven and Shakespeare willy nilly.
Wowie — that is hard-core determinism — no free will at all. Is that what Cornelius is attacking? Why? Does he think all Darwinists believe that kind of determinism? This is bizarre! The Discoveroids tell us:
If it’s true [i.e., if Discoveroid-style determinism is true], then all one says or thinks — right or wrong, true or false — was determined some 13.8 billion years ago. [Does anyone believe that?] But if that’s the case, then there are no reasonable grounds for concluding that one’s belief in determinism is true.
Cornelius is certainly a brilliant thinker. After that the Discoveroids tell us:
And like David Hume’s argument against miracles, determinism makes a false dichotomy between natural law and free will.
Wikipedia’s article on David Hume mentions his argument against miracles, but we don’t see that it helps what Cornelius is trying to say. The Discoveroids wrap it all up with this:
The take-home lesson, according to Hunter: be cautious in listening to “experts” speaking outside their fields. … Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]
So there you are. Cornelius opposes determinism, but he embraces the Discoveroids’ intelligent designer, whose supernatural activities determine everything. We can’t figure it out — can you?
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