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SCIENCE AND MATERIALISM

Nowadays we take for granted that science and materialism are natural bed-fellows. But this was not always the case. From Newton onwards many scientists were not materialists. This issue is particularly relevant for psychology. Should we all embrace materialism in the age of science, or perhaps materialism is only an unnecessary appendage, smuggled in for convenience? (This presentation will include PowerPoint slide show)

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  • Simon

    Nice one yet again Nash. Mind I still disagree with you about M branes, although I must admit that now the beer has kicked in, I can't remember what specifically the disagreement was about. Have a geat week everyone, look forward to "Normality"
    Can someone tell me what all the "Good to see you" thingies are about at the bottom of this page.

    February 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's a nice gesture to send to people you enjoyed seeing.

      February 20, 2013

    • Simon

      Thanks Shaims, that's very kind of you to make that comment. Back to Bill, "It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear wants you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead see all of us as one." Have a lovely week and good luck wif yer essaz.

      February 20, 2013

  • Maria E.

    My first meetup in London. :)

    February 19, 2013

    • Nash P.

      Welcome! Looking forward to meeting you this evening! Nash

      February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I guess being a materialist is just a way of saying that everything in the universe is made of the same stuff.

    Although I'm not really sure how meaningful this is when the stuff we are talking about is expressed in terms of information theory and probability theory...

    I think in actual scientific method there is a dualism. There is the inorganic sciences and the organic. The former works with dead stuff and the latter with living stuff, and we have no idea how dead stuff could become living stuff.

    At lower levels we speculate there is some sort of inorganic evolution functions and that chance complex molecules with just the right bells and whistles compete for stuff. At higher levels we suspect "emergent properties" which are properties inexplicable as a function of a sum of their parts... Are these explanation really easier to stomach than just plain old dualism between the living and the dead?

    Really look forward to the talk.

    February 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Guys save the juicy debating for Tomorrow! :)

      February 18, 2013

    • Simon

      Sounds somewhat sophist to me. To quote Bill Hicks, lifes a ride man. Look forward tomorrow.

      February 18, 2013

  • Yannick

    Great topic :)

    February 13, 2013

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