Salvo 21 – In the Works

You may have noticed the blog has been a little slow lately. Well, there are a few reasons for that. The first is that our friend Robin Phillips (author of this excellent article in Salvo 21) has had to cut back a bit from his writing here, although you can still read his work at his blog. The second reason is that we are all hard at work on the next issue. I can’t say much on that now, but check back here to find out what’s coming your way from Salvo.

While I haven’t had much time to browse much online, I did come across this gem. It’s a roundup of articles that Dr. Edward Feser wrote in response to the work of Alex Rosenberg, author of the book The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions. Some highlights from Dr. Feser’s posts are Part III [On Rosenberg’s attempt to account for the existence of the universe in terms of quantum mechanics and the multiverse theory] and Part VIII [On Rosenberg’s appeal to neuroscience, and in particular to “blindsight” phenomena and Libet’s free will experiments, in order to cast doubt on the reliability of introspection]. The whole list can be found at Dr. Feser’s blog:

Rosenberg roundup

Having now completed our ten-part series of posts on Alex Rosenberg’s The Atheist’s Guide to Reality, it seems a roundup of sorts is in order.  As I have said, Rosenberg’s book is worthy of attention because he sees more clearly than most other contemporary atheist writers do the true implications of the scientism on which their position is founded.  And interestingly enough, the implications he says it has are more or less the very implications I argued scientism has in my own book The Last Superstition.  The difference between us is this: Rosenberg acknowledges that the implications in question are utterly bizarre, but maintains that they must be accepted because the case for the scientism that entails them is ironclad.  I maintain that Rosenberg’s case for scientism is completely worthless, and that the implications of scientism are not merely bizarre but utterly incoherent and constitute a reductio ad absurdum of the premises that lead to them.

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