Meyer on Looking for Croissants in an Art Museum

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Evolution “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Intelligent Design Meyer on Looking for Croissants in an Art MuseumElizabeth WhatelyApril 19, 2021, 6:44 AM Unfortunately, question-begging is the norm in an academic context where science has come to be defined not as the search for the best explanation of everything, but the search for the best naturalistic explanation of everything. Scientists open to intelligent design are relentlessly framed as “science-stoppers,” when in fact they are the ones best able to recognize, appreciate, and study the art in the universal gallery, and in the process take the scientific enterprise to new heights. The God hypothesis is no stop-gap in that enterprise. Rather, it is the culmination of multiple converging lines of positive evidence. Of course, such openness to explanations beyond the material for our own minds and actions will inevitably and uncomfortably open up more questions about the ultimate source of mind, the ultimate source of free will. These are the sorts of questions that some scientists will candidly admit they do not want to pursue. Like Richard Lewontin thundering that “we cannot allow a divine foot in the door,” they will never break out of their self-imposed circle. They will be forever shaking their fist in the direction of the art gallery’s information desk, forever waiting for croissants that will never be delivered.  In their own far more suave, academic way, scientists who label ID theory as a “God of the gaps” argument are not unlike the incensed man in the art gallery. As Meyer points out, the “gaps” in the phrase are only “gaps” within a closed system — a system that allows for no outside influx of information or designing intelligence. The materialist assumes from the beginning that all questions must ultimately be answered by natural means (“This is a bakery, the croissants have to be here somewhere!”). Thus, every place where no such solution has yet been found is a perpetually yawning chasm in his mind. Photo: Stephen Meyer, via Discovery Institute.Stephen Meyer’s new book, Return of the God Hypothesis, contains one of my new favorite analogies for what it’s like to do science under the restrictions of methodological naturalism. (Although, as Steve was quick to inform me when I interviewed him, the analogy is not his own. Proper credit is originally due to Paul Nelson, who is a font of apt analogies at all times!) Here it is: Imagine a man who walks into an art gallery, but instead of expecting a tour of great painters, he is expecting to help himself to some delicious pastries. You see, this man has a problem. He has mistaken the gallery for a bakery. Tags”God of the gaps”art museumbakerycroissantsinformationintelligent designmaterialismmethodological naturalismpastriesReturn of the God HypothesisRichard Lewontinscience stopperscientistsStephen Meyer,Trending Meyer further pointed out in our interview that such limiting assumptions hinder not only the inquiry into universal origins, but the study of human consciousness and behavior. The whole literature of cognitive science is built on the materialistic assumption that who we are and what we do must ultimately be attributed to nature or nurture. “But,” he said, “if there’s something called genuine agency, human free will, and if that plays a role in understanding human action and human behavior, we again may miss it if we impose a rigidly materialistic methodology on our inquiry.” Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharecenter_img Closed Chasms Elizabeth WhatelyElizabeth Whately is a math teacher, freelance writer, and lover of old things, especially books. She holds a PhD in the field of mathematics. She especially enjoys writing about human exceptionalism, the arts, and the academic tugs-of-war between naturalism and theism. Share A bit confused, but undeterred, our hero marches up to the desk and demands to know where the croissants are. Upon being patiently informed that “Sir, this is an art gallery,” he becomes upset at this “gap” in the gallery’s service, or perhaps in the staff’s knowledge. “Bring out the croissants already!” he shouts, pounding the desk while the poor flustered woman at the desk calls for backup. “Come on, I know they’re here somewhere. You just don’t know where they are, so find someone who does!” It’s at this point or very shortly thereafter that the man should feel a firm hand on his shoulder, accompanied by a firm voice saying “Exit’s this way.” A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Recommended Billions of Missing Links: Mysteries Evolution Can’t Explain Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Limiting Assumptions But if once the scientist paused to consider that he might have walked into a different establishment entirely, the chasms would close. His model would be turned on its head. Instead of pounding the desk and demanding the staff cough up their secrets, he would stop and enjoy the Starry Night, marveling at its intricate design. As it is, he persists in begging the question.last_img read more

MTG invests in emotional regulation app Mightier

first_imgMTG invests in emotional regulation app MightierSwedish outfit puts $250,000 toward app and subscription service intended to help children with ADHD, anger, or anxiety issuesBrendan SinclairManaging EditorTuesday 24th September 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareModern Times Group is continuing its aggressive run of investment in gaming this year. The company today announced that it has invested $250,000 into Boston-based Mightier, an app and subscription service intended to build emotional regulation skills in children, including those with ADHD or anger and anxiety issues.”We could not be more proud to invest in a program with such admirable goals and the means and talent to make a real difference,” MTG executive VP of esport and games Arnd Benninghoff said. “Mightier shows that gaming can make a true difference beyond the excitement, fun and emotional engagement that gaming and games bring and we’re excited to see them continue to grow and redefine what gaming means to many.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Mightier has children play games on a mobile device while wearing a connected heart rate monitor. They are encouraged to use techniques to keep their emotions and heart rate under control because the games get more difficult as the heart rate increases.Entry into the program costs $99 (which includes the heart monitor), with a $19 monthly subscription for one child or a $35 monthly subscription for a family that includes monthly consultations with a licensed clinician and a dedicated Mightier tablet. The service has 25 games at the moment, with more added each month.MTG has been busy on the investment front this year, putting more than $11 million into a variety of companies through the first half of the year, including immersive fiction startup Dorian and mobile studios Tonk Tonk Games and Sviper. The firm also owns most or all of InnoGames, ESL, DreamHack, and Kongregate, with further investments in Phoenix Labs and the Bitkraft esports venture capital fund. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAdopt Me developers unveil new studio, Uplift GamesTeam behind hit Roblox game has grown to over 40 employeesBy Danielle Partis 9 hours agoDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 13 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more