tisdag, mars 19, 2013

Läsvärt angående Thomas Nagels kritik av materialismen

Mycket läsvärd artikel i The Weekly Standard om kritikstormen kring Thomas Nagels bok Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False:
Materialism, then, is fine as far as it goes. It just doesn’t go as far as materialists want it to. It is a premise of science, not a finding. Scientists do their work by assuming that every phenomenon can be reduced to a material, mechanistic cause and by excluding any possibility of nonmaterial explanations. And the materialist assumption works really, really well—in detecting and quantifying things that have a material or mechanistic explanation. Materialism has allowed us to predict and control what happens in nature with astonishing success. The jaw-dropping edifice of modern science, from space probes to nanosurgery, is the result. 
But the success has gone to the materialists’ heads. From a fruitful method, materialism becomes an axiom: If science can’t quantify something, it doesn’t exist, and so the subjective, unquantifiable, immaterial “manifest image” of our mental life is proved to be an illusion. 
Here materialism bumps up against itself. Nagel insists that we know some things to exist even if materialism omits or ignores or is oblivious to them. Reductive materialism doesn’t account for the “brute facts” of existence—it doesn’t explain, for example, why the world exists at all, or how life arose from nonlife. Closer to home, it doesn’t plausibly explain the fundamental beliefs we rely on as we go about our everyday business: the truth of our subjective experience, our ability to reason, our capacity to recognize that some acts are virtuous and others aren’t. These failures, Nagel says, aren’t just temporary gaps in our knowledge, waiting to be filled in by new discoveries in science. On its own terms, materialism cannot account for brute facts. Brute facts are irreducible, and materialism, which operates by breaking things down to their physical components, stands useless before them. “There is little or no possibility,” he writes, “that these facts depend on nothing but the laws of physics.” 

2 kommentarer:

Anonym sa...

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Frederick Froth sa...

Apparently noone can see the grotesque irony of a Weekly (sub)Standard propaganda hack complaining about the now world dominant paradigm of materialism, and simultaneously pretending to promote some kind of religios alternative to the same.
Why do I point this out?
Because the world-view that the Weekly (sub)Standard promotes is entirely within the paradigm of scientism. Indeed it (the WS) is essentially a propagandaoutlet/vehicle for the Pentagon military-industrial-propaganda complex and its "culture" of death which is now being dramatized all over the world on a 24/7 basis.

These two stark images sum up the WS zeitgeist and its applied politics perfectly.



As does this essay - note the unspeakably vile sado-masochistic snuff/splatter movie being reviewed.


Further detailed descriptions of what happened via the politics of cruelty can be found in The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein