Philosophy Hurts Your Head

The blog of a cranky Philosophy PhD Student from Newcastle, Australia.

Archive for December, 2005

Excerpt from the Intelligent Design Ruling

Posted by Sam D on December 22, 2005

From Kitzmiller et al versus Dover Area School District et al

“To briefly reiterate, we first note that since ID is not science, the conclusion is inescapable that the only real effect of the ID Policy is the advancement of religion. See McLean, 529 F. Supp. at 1272. Second, the disclaimer read to students “has the effect of implicitly bolstering alternative religious theories of origin by suggesting that evolution is a problematic theory even in the field of science.” Selman, 390 F. Supp. 2d at 1308-09. Third, reading the disclaimer not only disavows endorsement of educational materials but also “juxtaposes that disavowal with an urging to contemplate alternative religious concepts implies School Board approval of religious principles.” Freiler, 185 F.3d at 348.” (133 – 134)

Read the Whole Judgment Here

(Thanks to MH @ Epideixis for this link)


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A setback for Intelligent Design

Posted by Sam D on December 21, 2005

A loss in the courts (in the U.S.) for the drive to teach Intelligent Design as science in public schools. Maybe it is still metaphyics after all.

“Dover Area School Board members violated the Constitution when they ordered that its biology curriculum must include the notion that life on Earth was produced by an unidentified intelligent cause, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III said.”

Read the full story Here

(Thanks to Xavier for sending me this one).

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Results are In!

Posted by Sam D on December 14, 2005

Program: B Arts (Hons)
Awarded Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Honours Class II Division 1 on 12 December 2005

It isn’t perfect, but it is almost definitely enough to get into a PhD next year.
I’m pretty surprised. I thought I had done quite badly.

Once again I’d like to thank some people for their help this year:

All the active members of the Philosophy Club for listening to my incredibly boring and complex rants on Anselm and universal sets.

Martin Hill for listening to more of these rants, and suffering through my need to talk out the Kripke coursework in semester 1.

Rowan for reminding me that it is actually all about him.

Ming for being more or less completely wrong about set theory.

Dr John Wright for his time, feedback, encouragement and basically showing confidence in my ability.

My parents and family for their ongoing moral and financial support.

And most importantly my fiance Alexandra, for the emotional, financial, physiological and nutritional support that she gave me this year. I don’t think I could have done it without her.

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Posted by Sam D on December 5, 2005

I’m now contributing to a new collaborative blog, Epideixis, along with Martin Hill and Rowan Blyth. It is exciting and topical (perhaps) and a tiny bit more serious than here. Visit it, or else!

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PhD. Maybe.

Posted by Sam D on December 5, 2005

Received a letter from the University of Newcastle saying I have ‘provisional’ acceptance into a PhD (Philosophy) in 2006! The ‘provisional’ bit takes a bit of the fun out of it, it means that I will have to have finished honours to a ‘satisfactory’ extent and have a citizenship check to enrol. Hopefully I can pass muster on both. It can’t be a bad sign though. Someone must have liked my research proposal.

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