I’m posting this video clip as an addendum to my “Classical Arguments for God” series of posts because of some of the comments I’m getting. I’ve been accused of presenting false equivalencies and presenting “word games” with my logical arguments for God as opposed to science that’s based on “real evidence.” While I believe the accusation itself self is bogus based on a materialist or physicalist presupposition, Keith Ward also points out the irony of this sentiment. He says a committed materialist cannot be an empiricist. Here are a couple of quotes from the video.
“So I think materialism is the opposite of empiricism. I think empiricism should lead you to some sort of idealism, but the fact that it doesn’t these days just shows how hypnotized people are by science. So people actually have a conflicting view, a very paradoxical view. On the one hand all knowledge begins with experience, that people say, yeah, that’s true, on the other hand science tells you truths about the world, they say, yes, that’s true, but they don’t see that these two views are in total conflict. Empiricism doesn’t tell you that we live in an 11 dimensional, hyper-spatial world, but science does.”
“I think we’re in a very funny cultural situation in our world where people think science is giving us the goods, it must be true, but most people don’t know what science is saying anymore, they don’t realize how very weird a lot of science is, how far from common sense and from empiricism.”
The video clip is short and well worth watching if you’re interested in such things.