The Fine-Tuning Argument for the Existence of God

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Author: Thomas Metcalf Category: Philosophy of Religion Word count: 987 Here’s a simple experiment to help test whether God exists: Hold a refrigerator magnet about one inch above a paperclip. If the magnet picks up the paperclip, then that tiny magnet was able to overcome the gravity of an entire planet.[1] How might this provide … Continue reading The Fine-Tuning Argument for the Existence of God

Design Arguments for the Existence of God

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Author: Thomas Metcalf Category: Philosophy of Religion Word count: 990 The universe, or some of the objects in it, exhibit order, complexity, efficiency, and perhaps purpose. Many everyday objects with those features—e.g., watches and houses—were intentionally designed. Should we conclude, therefore, that some of the “natural” objects in the universe, or the universe itself, was … Continue reading Design Arguments for the Existence of God

Philosophy and Its Contrast with Science: Comparing Philosophical and Scientific Understanding

Author: Thomas Metcalf Category: Metaphilosophy, Philosophy of Science Word Count: 994 Listen here Philosophy and science are both ways of learning about ourselves and the world. Here we’ll review the two main perspectives on the question of whether and to what degree science and philosophy overlap in their methods and their sources of knowledge. We’ll … Continue reading Philosophy and Its Contrast with Science: Comparing Philosophical and Scientific Understanding

Quantum Mechanics & Philosophy II: Measurement and Interpretations

Author: Thomas Metcalf Category: Philosophy of Science Word Count: 1000 Editor’s Note: This essay is the second in a series authored by Tom on the topic of quantum mechanics and philosophy. Read the first essay here and the third essay here. I. Measurement The story in the previous article in this series corresponds to real experiments about properties of … Continue reading Quantum Mechanics & Philosophy II: Measurement and Interpretations

Quantum Mechanics & Philosophy I: The Superposition of Paths

Author: Thomas Metcalf Category: Philosophy of Science Word Count: 1000 Editor’s Note: This essay is the first in a series authored by Tom on the topic of quantum mechanics and philosophy. Read the second essay here and the third essay here. I. Introduction: A Story I’m going to tell a complicated and counter-intuitive story.1 The real-world situations … Continue reading Quantum Mechanics & Philosophy I: The Superposition of Paths

The Problem of Evil

Author: Thomas Metcalf Category: Philosophy of Religion Word Count: 1000 Many people believe in God and understand God to be an omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and morally perfect being.[1] But the world contains quite a lot of evil or badness: intense suffering, premature death, and moral wickedness. This inspires some questions: Why would God permit … Continue reading The Problem of Evil