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A mathematician weighs in on the usefulness of philosophy

Partly in response to the Lawrence Krauss article discussed here, Jason Rosenhouse (Associate Professor of Mathematics at James Madison University) gives us his thoughts on the matter at ScienceBlogs. Article here.

After saying that “Krauss’s statement is obviously absurd”, Rosenhouse goes on to say that he understands the exasperation. Particularly when he considers Elliot Sober‘s (Wisconsin) work. He ends with:

Sober struts in claiming he’s going to correct a logical fallacy absolutely no one has made, takes forty-five minutes to establish an utterly trivial point, is keen to remind us that we need philosophers to explain these things to us, and then coolly dismisses the idea that there is any necessary tension between non-fundamentalist Christianity and evolution. A bravura performance.



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