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Review of Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True
Jerry Coyne, biology professor at University of Chicago, is a vocal and popular advocate of neo-Darwinian evolution (what he himself often refers to as "Darwinism").  He is likewise severely critical of Darwinism's theoretical rival, intelligent design.  Hi...
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Review of David Chalmers' The Conscious Mind
In The Conscious Mind , David Chalmers systematically examines the philosophical puzzle of consciousness. Chalmers comes through as an exceptionally well-read theorist in the philosophy of mind; he's also gifted at explaining complex concepts in a reasonab...
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Review of Alex Tsakiris' Why Science is Wrong...About Almost Everything
I am familiar with Alex Tsakiris through his very interesting Internet podcast show Skeptiko .  I have been a listener for about five or six years now, and I have always been impressed with both the quality of the guests and Tsakiris's forthright interviewi...
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Review of The Rediscovery of the Mind by John Searle
John Searle--presently at Berkeley--wrote The Rediscovery of the Mind back in 1992. The book attempts to explain how the philosophy of mind has gone wrong in the last century or so and how Searle thinks it can be corrected. In this review, I'll argue that...
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Analysis of William Lane Craig versus Sean Carroll February 2014 Debate
Philosopher William Lane Craig and Physicist Sean Carroll debated the subject of God and Cosmology on February 21 in New Orleans.  Out of all the debates of Dr. Craig's that I have seen (which are many), this one was definitely one of the best.  Both debate...
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Review of Naturalism: A Critical Analysis (Amazon Review)
In a 2012 debate entitled The Great Debate: Has Science Refuted Religion , physicist Sean Carroll made a rather bold claim in his opening remarks (at about the 12:30 mark): "The argument is finished.  The debate is over.  We've come to a conclusion.  Natura...
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Review of Naturalism: A Critical Analysis edited by William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland (Part 5)
This is part 5 of my series of essays on Naturalism: A Critical Analysis . This essay will focus on Stuart Goetz's chapter, which discusses the implications of libertarian free will on naturalism.  You can follow the following links for the other essays in...
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Review of Naturalism: a Critical Analysis edited by William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland (Part 4)
This is part 4 in my series of essays on Naturalism: A Critical Analysis , edited by William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland. Chapter 6: Naturalism and the Mind by Charles Taliaferro Charles Taliaferro is tasked with stirring up trouble for naturalism with res...
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Review of Naturalism: A Critical Analysis edited by William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland (Part 3)
This is part three of a series of articles on the book Naturalism: A Critical Analysis .  You can find part one and part two in my blog archive. Chapter 3: The Incompatibility of Naturalism and Scientific Realism by Robert C. Koons Robert Koons continues th...
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