Another great 42-minute lecture by Dr. Neil Shenvi.
Speaker bio: As it says on the main page, my name is Neil Shenvi; I am currently a research scientist with Prof. Weitao Yang at Duke University in the Department of Chemistry. I was born in Santa Cruz, California, but grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. I attended Princeton University as an undergraduate where I worked on high-dimensional function approximation with Professor Herschel Rabitz. I became a Christian in Berkeley, CA where I did my PhD in Theoretical Chemistry at UC – Berkeley with Professor Birgitta Whaley. The subject of my PhD dissertation was quantum computation, including topics in quantum random walks, cavity quantum electrodynamics, spin physics, and the N-representability problem. From 2005-2010, I worked as a postdoctoral associate with Prof. John Tully at Yale where I did research into nonadiabatic dynamics, electron transfer, and surface science.Outline slide: (Download the Powerpoint slides here)
You may have observed many gray elephants and no non-gray ones, and infer from this that all elephants are gray, because that would provide the best explanation for why you have observed so many gray elephants and no non-gray ones. This would be an instance of an abductive inference. It suggests that the best way to distinguish between induction and abduction is this: both are ampliative, meaning that the conclusion goes beyond what is (logically) contained in the premises (which is why they are non-necessary inferences), but in abduction there is an implicit or explicit appeal to explanatory considerations, whereas in induction there is not; in induction, there is only an appeal to observed frequencies or statistics.
“More than 560 people (0.4% of all deaths) were administered lethal substances without having given explicit consent 7. For every 5 people euthanized, 1 is euthanized without having given explicit consent. Attempts at bringing those cases to trial have failed, providing evidence that the judicial system has become more tolerant over time of such transgressions.4″
The reason we don’t simply end the life of the mentally or physically disabled is because these people bear the image of God, the imago Dei, and physical limitations do not diminish it.
Perhaps they should be called “No Gay Parade Zones”:
Over the past week, I have been contacted concerning a comment I made in passing, in a recent lecture I delivered on Islam, concerning so-called no-go zones in France, governed by gang-imposed Sharia law. This was not an area of particular interest to me, and so I had regrettably not researched it with my usual care. It was not the focus of my lecture, and was only raised in response to a questioner in the Q&A concerning the effects of the increase of Islam in Europe. I had mentioned the fact that there are now Shariah courts in the UK, and had also briefly touched on so-called “no-go zones” in France. In what was regrettably a poor choice of wording on my part, I likened these Muslim enclaves in France to a cancer — my meaning of course was that such enclaves are a breeding ground for Islamic radicalism. It was not intended to refer to the individuals who live in these areas. By likening the enclaves to a cancer it was the ‘No Go Zone’ structure itself I was talking about, and not the Muslims living within such areas nor even the ones who were enforcing such a structure. Unfortunately, my words have since been taken by several angry bloggers and made to sound like I was likening Muslim communities in general to a cancer. These bloggers then proceeded to label me a bigot, an Islamophobe, a hate-preacher and a racist (since when was Islam a race?). I have very strong relationships with Muslims across the UK and further afield, and so you can imagine why I found those comments to be rather offensive. I have never said, and never would say, anything negative about Muslim communities in general. Yes, I criticize Islamic radicalism (as I hope any moderate Muslim would join me in …
Thoughts on “The Sexual Revolution” by Darris Brock:
Some people had their eyes opened when the Ashley Madison files were released this week. The adultery site made some news when it came online a few years back. A few months ago it was in the news when it was hacked but it was not a household name. Some of my female Facebook friends and their female friends were stunned and disgusted when they read about the site in one of my posts. They simply couldn’t understand how people can do such things. Let me explain. Sexual Revolution There is no question that the Internet has opened up more doors of opportunity for sexual deviancy to a broader number of people than at any time previously in human history. But the Internet is not the problem. It is a symptom of the problem. The biggest problem has been … Continue reading Ashley Madison Hacked →
If the path to atheism traverses the same reasoning fallacies one imagines within Theism, there is a consistency issue:
The stark either/or approach to literal or metaphorical text has never been advocated by the Bible or anyone who teaches the Bible. In fact, to read any text in such a way is to mangle the text itself.
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Kristin always thought Christians were evil and trying to take over the world. But one day, she met a friend who shared the message of God with Kristin in a way she’d never heard before. This powerful testimony is just what I needed to hear today!
As a result of the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress which demonstrate that Planned Parenthood is trafficking in the body parts of aborted preborn human beings, I decided to contact my representatives in Congress requesting that they support defunding Planned Parenthood and ending abortion in our nation. Here is what I wrote to my three representatives in Congress:I was shocked, but not surprised, by the undercover videos released which suggest that Planned Parenthood is selling the body parts of aborted preborn humans. The reason I was not surprised is due to the realization that any organization which finds nothing morally wrong with the destruction of preborn humans will certainly not find anything morally wrong with selling the body parts of those preborn humans which they have destroyed.
Located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee (known as Lake Kinneret in Israel), the site of an ancient Jewish village identified as Magdala (or Migdal) is currently undergoing intensive investigation and excavation by a team of archaeologists.
Joshua fit the battle, and the evidence fits the Biblical account:
Everyone know the story of Joshua’s army marching around the walls of Jericho until they collapsed, allowing the Israelites to take the city. It’s a famous story, and if true would provide evidence for both God’s existence and the validity of the Bible.
In the article “Liberals Don’t Want You To Read Ryan Anderson” found on The Federalist, Rachel Lu argues that Ryan Anderson, in his book “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom,” “is a man who knows what marriage is. [And] this is dangerous stuff, indeed.”
It was then that the faithfulness of Caleb shone so brightly. Caleb sought to rally God’s people, telling them not to be afraid. With God’s help, they could defeat the giants and have the future the Lord desired for them.
By the way, the fact that pre-volitional subconscious rumination can be detected via MRI prior to a physical choice does not disprove free will; it merely supports the accuracy of prevailing subconscious models:
“Since I am a follower of Christ, my view on marriage is the same as Jesus’ view, one He made clear in Matthew 19: One man, with one woman, becoming one flesh, for one lifetime. So, on the definition of marriage, I stand with Jesus.”
Plenty of rational people remain befuddled at how we got to the point of having same-sex marriage imposed upon the country. It still “doesn’t make sense”. Past articles here have been written about some of the delusions in the pop culture of our time that have led us into this “Twilight Zone” type of existence. The process of mental erosion and manipulation has really been a long one and is too involved to chronicle in depth or in one post, but here are some of the major tools that were used to put us where we are today. Hopefully it will be instructive as these tactics will continue to be used on this and other subjects. Trick 1: Emotionalism The average person is not taught formal logic, argumentation, … Continue reading The troubling trail to Gay Affirmation →
“The Christians, then, trace the beginning of their religion from Jesus the Messiah; and he is named the Son of God Most High. And it is said that God came down from heaven, and from a Hebrew virgin assumed and clothed himself with flesh; and the Son of God lived in a daughter of man. This is taught in the gospel, as it is called, which a short time was preached among them; and you also if you will read therein, may perceive the power which belongs to it. This Jesus, then, was born of the race of the Hebrews; and he had twelve disciples in order that the purpose of his incarnation might in time be accomplished. But he himself was pierced by the Jews, and he died and was buried; and they say that after three days he rose and ascended to heaven (Apol. 2).” — Aristides,125 BC.
“I presented 7 facts concerning the historical Jesus and the rise of the Christian movement in the first century in my opening statement that are agreed upon by all full-time teaching scholars in the Western world (6000+) whether in Classics, History, or in Early Christianity. And I argued that the best explanation of these 7 facts is that Jesus of Nazareth rose bodily from the dead and therefore is Lord of all.”