Thursday, 29 December 2011

A222 - Exploring Philosophy : End of Week 13

Still no mark for TMA 02 and it is not now expected until after the New Year, so this fact combined with the festive period is making it a bit difficult to get stuck in to Book 3 - Ethics.

I was also hoping for the result so I could make an informed choice about starting another Level 2 course in February, but as it is unless I get a really high score back before the 4th Jan, I think I will stick to one course at a time.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

A222 - Exploring Philosophy : Week 13

24 December

Christmyth Festive Period and New Year Break

Best wishes to everyone over the 

'Festival of Santa Clause and the Orange Chocolate Egg' 

and I wish everyone all the best for 2012


see you in 2012.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

A222 - Exploring Philosophy : TMA 02 Submitted

I got a couple of days extension due to working abroad for the last 2 weeks and only arriving back in the UK on Friday. The TMA was written, but I just needed a couple of hours to tidy up references as the massive course text book was just too heavy to carry abroad, and I couldn't get access to any of the internet audios either.

Anyway, it is done now and just shy of the 2000 words. I could have done with a higher word count but I think I've got it all in. Teleological arguments for existence of God all demolished by theory of evolution, Cosmological arguments themselves demolish the argument for interventionist Gods, but leave room for a deist God.

Also found out that the University where Behe teaches have effectively denounced him as the creationist nutter that he is - check out this link Lehigh University Statement

Department Position on Evolution and "Intelligent Design"

The faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences is committed to the highest standards of scientific integrity and academic function. This commitment carries with it unwavering support for academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. It also demands the utmost respect for the scientific method, integrity in the conduct of research, and recognition that the validity of any scientific model comes only as a result of rational hypothesis testing, sound experimentation, and findings that can be replicated by others. 

The department faculty, then, are unequivocal in their support of evolutionary theory, which has its roots in the seminal work of Charles Darwin and has been supported by findings accumulated over 140 years. The sole dissenter from this position, Prof. Michael Behe, is a well-known proponent of "intelligent design." While we respect Prof. Behe's right to express his views, they are his alone and are in no way endorsed by the department. It is our collective position that intelligent design has no basis in science, has not been tested experimentally, and should not be regarded as scientific.


A222 - Exploring Philosophy : Week 12

Monday, 12 December 2011

A222 - Exploring Philosophy : TMA 02

‘The modern theory of evolution demolishes the design argument for the existence of God.’ Does it?

This has not been an easy TMA to write, the question appears wrong when related to the course text, and then I have my own prejudices and ideas to put to the side in order to write the essay.

I've got most of it written, just need to tidy up and re-read it some more, but the problem is i think I may be too off track....

Oh well. On a happier note, I have finished Greg Graffin's book "Anarchy Evolution", and very interesting and useful it was too, it will be referenced in the TMA.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

DD101 Introducing the Social Sciences - Course Result

Distinction - so well pleased with that result, just a shame it counts for nothing in the final analysis.

So that is the end of 'DD101 Introducing the Social Sciences' as far as this blog is concerned.