Monday, April 07, 2008

Some Shorter Statements of the AFR

From Jim Slagle, who wrote his master's thesis on the AFR at the University of the Louvain in Belgium.

3 comments:

Hans said...

There are some great comments by Lewis on that link.

'It’s like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk-jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.'

This is what materialists cannot grasp.

According to materialist philosophy, their thought processes are no more purposeful than the splashing of milk from a milk jug.

But it takes a Lewis to point out this fact to them.

No wonder they abuse and insult him and call his reasoning idiotic.

Tragic Clown Dog said...

Hans, that particular quote about the milk jug is from a transcripted question-and-answer session Lewis did. So he came up with it off the cuff. Pretty impressive.

It also reminds me of a similar statement from De Futilitate that I've always loved:

"The laws whereby logic obliges us to think turn out to be the laws according to which every event in space and time must happen. The man who thinks this an ordinary or probable result does not really understand. It is ... as if, when I knocked out my pipe, the ashes arranged themselves into letters which read: 'We are the ashes of a knocked-out pipe.'"

Hans said...

'"The laws whereby logic obliges us to think turn out to be the laws according to which every event in space and time must happen. '

Yes, materalists cannot explain why our thoughts are compelled to follow certain patterns, which turn out to be just the same patterns as every other event in time and space.

No wonder materialists hate Lewis when he points out the pseudo-philosophy their world view is based on.