This is a blog to discuss philosophy, chess, politics,
C. S. Lewis, or whatever it is that I'm in the mood to discuss.
I like the hip hop opening that makes me feel like it's cool to be Christian. :)The distance between the interviewer and Ali G is disturbingly small....
I too was going to note about how "hip hop" the show's introduction, atmosphere, and announcers are. Not your style, from what I gathered from our limited personal interactions, Victor :-)
Doc Vic Keeps his Pimp hand strong in case he has to deal with any suckas :)
Gutsy move, though. Not easy to do such shows, I'm sure. I never have. Hard to get one's argument down to bumper sticker format. I think Colbert Report would be one of the toughest interviews imaginable.
Only had time to listen for a minute. Does Vic's voice "match" his picture?
I heard where you can't get away from me even in your interview. That's funny. I guess in the future when asomeone says something like "John Loftus's book 'The Christian Delusion'" they need your correction that it's an anthology, huh?okay, I guess. Sheesh. Isn't that obvious? ;-)
John: England still will survive without you, even Keats will survive without you…”
Doc Reppert's game is definitely on point!
Loftus can't stay away. :)
i know what that's like incidentally....after the materialism wanes thread, I'm DONE with nonscience and nonchess blogs until I finish writing my ms!!!!
BDK, you'd miss me if I stayed away and you know it.
I enjoyed listening to it. I just wish I could have heard you talk more, Victor, rather than the host. I did buy your book for my Kindle a few weeks ago and love it. Since I re-read C.S. Lewis' Miracles last summer, I have been led on a new study of philosophy and have been especially interested in the AfR. I am now going back to school for philosophy. So thank you for the inspiration. It was great to have another more updated resource on the argument to meet the challenges of faith today. If you have any recommended readings for me I would appreciate it.
All interested in this topic should read Prior Prejudices and the Argument from Reason. I exchange comments with Vic there as well: http://edward-t-babinski.blogspot.com/2011/01/prior-prejudices-and-argument-from.htmlConsciousness may remain a "metaphysical problem" but the natural urge to sleep each night and spend a third of one's life unconscious means what? Neuroscientists and cognitive scientists consider "problems" challenges and inducements to study and experimentation. John Loftus repeated basic questions that dualists have had "problems" with for centuries in this blog entry:http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/2011/01/mindbrain-problem.html And what about people with separated cerebral hemispheres, and the ways their hands and half-brains respond to different questions simultaneously? (And the way the speaking half of the brain fabricates excuses for why its other hand responded as it did, without knowing the actual question that that other side of the brain was busy answering.) I liked the video I saw of one hand being unable to assemble a simple puzzle on the table, while the other hand did it with ease. Then when the split-brain patient was asked to use both hands at the same time to solve the puzzle, the hand that could do the puzzle the non-speaking part of the brain had to keep pushing away the other hand, frustrated with its incompetancy. Check youtube for videos on split-brain experiments. The non-speaking part of the brain cannot verbalize but it understands speech and can also point to reply to questions. One patient had the speech part on the opposite cerebral hemisphere, and another patient's non-speaking side could respond with simple one word answers. But most times that hemisphere can only point to things in reply to question.
Victor (or should I say "Doc Vic"?),Finally got around to listening to this. You sure picked a tough subject to discuss on popular radio! But all in all I think you did very well, given the limitations of the uber-informal format the show seems to like. Congrats!
Interesting to see my former "Bob Prokop" login again, the one I had before identity thieves hacked into it. At least Google has it flagged as suspect.
I'm newer around here, but why is it that John Loftus shows up to talk about himself with great consistency, yet he has failed to show up with an adequate response to the earlier series of threads on the OTF? Perhaps I am also being somewhat solipsistic, as my objections were a central matter of discussion. But I think it important to notice definite omissions and deliberate acts of silence. Especially, it is always important to notice the criticisms which someone is willing or unwilling to deal with, if such a disparity exists.John, you seem to have an uncanny ability to know whenever you are being mentioned. Do you have any comment on my ultra-sophisticated "WTF, LOL, STFU" test for the OTF and the criticisms made by Thrasymachus? I plan on being self-centered until receiving some form of adequate answer. I think your answer to me, if you have one, to be of especial interest to all concerned, since many of your defenses against critics seem to hinge on their being stuck in an `insider mentality'. Let's see how important that really is.
This was a redated post, so John's arrival was last January. He said he was taking August off from blogging. On his site he said that he had been getting criticisms faster than he could respond to them, but that his "peeps" had done a great job replying to all the objections that had arisen.
My mistake; I went straight to the comments.I let my challenge and observations stand, though. :D
And no, his `peeps' haven't done particularly well. I don't have much confidence in his judgment of his peeps, especially as I am forced to recall the (pre-blogging break) cheerleading over at his place. I notice that he `liked' some comments, but never contributed any responses himself.
Ay yo Doc Vic - There's a few comments from folks over at the podcast site for BPR maybe you could respond to? One from Loftus and one from "Finney" ...http://backpack.podbean.com/2011/01/25/the-dangerous-idea-of-cs-lewis-013011/#commentsvocab(Ali G's cousin)
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