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At 10:43am on August 16, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Never mind. I just read a fasinating article about sci fi vs the Bible. Guess The New Humansim is worth reading after all.

At 10:32am on August 16, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

James, I'm not interested in reading the Harvard Chaplincy Magazine, but I would like to reply to Richard in your New Humanism group. Is it OK to join?

BTW, I like your photos.

At 1:03pm on May 17, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, James! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D
At 11:04pm on May 1, 2010, Self Know said…
Cool profile james!! Peace!!
At 10:54am on April 30, 2010, Dale McGowan said…
Hi James! Sure, I'd be happy to do an interview for New Humanism.
At 11:55pm on March 31, 2010, Stephen Goldin said…
Welcome to the SFF group. Hope you have a lot of fun here.
At 4:56pm on December 13, 2009, Anwar Diamante said…
Hey James how are you? I am going to put in grades for my students tomorrow. Finally, I can breathe, write and be a scholar....
At 9:39pm on December 6, 2009, Anwar Diamante said…
Yes, I am a continental boy. That's because my M.A. is in Literature, which basically means lots of theory...lol I did enjoy my drama courses...they were fab...
At 2:36pm on December 6, 2009, Anwar Diamante said…
I am totally speechless reading your bio. First, England now Harvard. Man, you rock.
At 12:58pm on September 10, 2009, AcesLucky said…
That'll be interesting. Thanks. Though I wasn't talking about "tenable". In fact, I'd like to be as clear as possible why I concluded what I did in light of her piece. It's about 3/4 page so I'm sending it here as an email instead of as a comment. (Is that okay?)

I'll take your word for it, but I'll owe you a buck if she disagrees with it. (I wouldn't want to back her into a corner -- but the reasoning is all hers.)
At 11:31pm on September 9, 2009, AcesLucky said…
"Perhaps I'll find that example, regarding the epistemological validity of faith..."

Nope. Not with Elgin; in fact, just the opposite. In "True Enough" (though she could have said the same thing in two or three pages instead of 23) she clearly states why science is in fact epistemologically valid and for the same reason why faith is not. (Clearly explained on the last page.)

Is there anyone that you know of that specifically addresses the validity of faith as an epistemological approach? I'm afraid Elgin would take your opposite.
At 1:00am on August 27, 2009, AcesLucky said…
Thanks for the feedback, though it took me half the day to find Kate Elgin's paper "True Enough"; strangely, Harvard didn't offer it without an account there, which I don't have, but I finally found it at Rutgers. This ought to be fun. Perhaps I'll find that example, regarding the epistemological validity of faith... But I can see right away why you changed the question from knowledge to understanding. It's the first thing she does.
At 1:26pm on August 25, 2009, AcesLucky said…
Impressive set of accomplishments [regardless of age]. I take my hat off to you. Keep up the good work.

You said you "...have a strong interest in Aesthetics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Education." If you don't mind I'd like get your take on three things: 1.) Is faith epistemologically valid? 2.) Is the universe deterministic? 3.) Is aesthetics analog or digital (just joking); no really, how do you measure - or even discuss-aesthetics (as form? function? grace? morality?), what?

I just today heard a story of a women who had adopted a blind 3-week old kitten, even though at a very tough time in her life, and I found myself wanting to give her a personal hug for such a kind act. To me, that's aesthetics, that's morality, that's grace and beauty. But so is the mundane roar of an ocean front. And so it the symmetry of a spider's web designed to trap so it suck the life out of another living thing. Please... what the hell is aesthetics?

BTW, these are not some sort of tests; I'm just wondering what's inside such an accomplished brain.
At 2:42pm on August 22, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to Atheist Nexus and the busy discussion group "Origins". Do visit often and participate whenever and as much as you want.
At 2:48am on August 21, 2009, Jo Jerome said…
Well, it's not so much a bike as a can't-afford-a-car. And it will be awesome-er when I get it back home and repaired. Tire blowout a couple weeks ago courtesy of a random mechanic who didn't pay attention in class the day they went over air pressure in heat and elevation. Suffice to say, my 'controlled wipeout' was a lot better controlled in my mind than in real life. But I'll live. ;-)
At 7:54pm on August 20, 2009, Angie Jackson said…
Wow, after reading that list of accomplishments, I'm surprised you're so young! That prison program sounds wonderful. I was a musical theatre major at a school for performing arts for high school (my geeky days of Broadway and Dungeons & Dragons).
At 9:28pm on August 15, 2009, D'Holbach said…
Welcome to the site! What a terrific c.v. I share your interest in culture and the arts; your research questions are fascinating.
At 8:48pm on August 15, 2009, A Former Member said…
James, welcome to Atheist Nexus. Be sure to check out the GROUPS page to find like-minded people.

I've started eight groups here, so please join any you think you might be interested in.

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