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Intelligent Design and Psychological Egoism

Posted in Course Material, Ethics, Life, Pedagogy, Values Analysis by Chris on February 8, 2008

I came across this blog post discussing the pseudo-science of Intelligent Design. In the comments, the perennial issue arises: that ID is “not falsifiable.” This means that there is no empirical data that an ID’er would accept that could ever show that their hypothesis (of divine design) was false.  This reminded me of Values Analysis class today.

In Values we were discussing the fact that psychological egoism, as a theory, appears to be non-falsifiable  (psy-egoism is the thesis that we are all, by nature, self-interested, and so never do any action our of altruistic motivation). I thought students might appreciate attaching this criticism to the ID vs Evolution debate so that the concept of falsifiability could be seen at work in other areas (especially one that is so famous) as well.

Of course, being open to the possibility that your hypothesis is falsifiable might be over-rated. Is it in either of these two cases?

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  1. C. David Parsons said, on February 9, 2008 at 9:47 am

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  2. Chris said, on February 9, 2008 at 10:13 am

    You mention evolution and out they come.

    “Conversely, the view that God is both responsible for and rules all the phenomena of the universe will stand or fall when the facts are applied. The view will not hinge on faith alone, but will be tested by the weightier principle of verifiable truths – the new discipline.”

    Really? Seriously? There’s a new empirical and experimental method that we can use to test to see if God exists?

    I’m trying to hold it in. Seriously.


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