Here is yet another "oh those nasty scientists" rant from the senior managing editor of the New English Review, Rebecca Bynum. Some highlights:Shallitt's arguments are easily refuted, however, since all they are are collections of dots on a screen in a particular arrangement and transmitted digitally over the Internet. Didn't he learn this in 10th grade science?
For example, science can describe the effects of electricity, but it cannot tell us what electricity is any more than it can tell us what life is or what gravity is. This poor woman obviously did not attend 10th grade science, or she would know that electricity consists of a flow of electrons.
... And if pattern does not exist in mind or as mind, then where does it exist? Utterly moronic. Pattern exists as a configuration of atoms and molecules. I wonder what she thinks differentiates hexane from dimethylbutane.
Monday, March 01, 2010
Jeffren Shallit at Recursivity, complains about an editorial in the New English Review which he characterizes as "anti-science":