The Quantum Thomist

Musings about quantum physics, classical philosophy, and the connection between the two.

Does the Mentaculus disprove efficient causality?

Last modified on Sun Apr 11 18:53:11 2021


Philosophers ponder about the nature of time, and in particular why we perceive it to have a direction and succession. One school of thought states that time's arrow is reducible to some other physical phenomena, such as the increase of entropy. One way in which this is formulated is a proposal by Albert and Loewer, which is termed as the "Mentaculus." A recent paper has argued that this understanding of time is inconsistent with efficient causality, as used in the Kalam cosmological argument. I describe this objection, and respond.

Is God a failed Hypothesis? Part 11: Introduction to Biblical Archaeology

Last modified on Mon Mar 15 22:17:06 2021


In my review of Professor Stenger's work, I have reached a few comments on Biblical archaeology. This is the first post in a series in which I will discuss the archaeology of the Old Testament (or, more specifically, from Abraham through to the fall of Kingdom of Judah at the hands of the Babylonians). This post serves as an introduction to the subject.

Is God a failed Hypothesis? Part 10: The unreliable God

Last modified on Tue Feb 9 22:46:12 2021


I give an overview of the sixth chapter of Victor Stenger's book God: The failed hypothesis, and his discussion of whether the Biblical text is reliable and coherent.

Is God a failed Hypothesis? Part 9: The inefficient God

Last modified on Fri Feb 5 16:48:29 2021


I look at the fifth chapter of Victor Stenger's book God: The failed hypothesis, and his discussion of whether God was wasteful in constructing the universe.

Is God a failed Hypothesis? Part 8: Fine Tuning

Last modified on Sun Jan 31 22:59:39 2021


I look at the fifth chapter of Victor Stenger's book God: The failed hypothesis, and his discussion of the fine tuning arguments

Is God a failed Hypothesis? Part 7: Laws, origins and miracles

Last modified on Sun Dec 20 21:46:42 2020


I look at the fourth chapter of Victor Stenger's book God: The failed hypothesis, and his discussion of the laws of physics and the origin of the universe.

Wigner's Acquaintances

Last modified on Mon Nov 2 11:58:10 2020


I have a look at a couple of new arguments about the interpretation of quantum physics based on the Wigner's friend argument.

Is God a failed Hypothesis? Part 6: Psychics, prayer and the soul

Last modified on Sun Nov 22 22:38:42 2020


I look at the second chapter of Victor Stenger's book God: The failed hypothesis, and in particular his discussion of the reality of the soul, and whether it can be tested scientifically. He also discusses the efficacy of prayer and various other ideas such as immortality and vital forces.

Is God a failed Hypothesis? Part 5: Design Arguments

Last modified on Tue Sep 22 22:32:23 2020


I look at the second chapter of Victor Stenger's book God: The failed hypothesis, and in particular his discussion of design arguments for God.

Is God a failed Hypothesis? Part 4: Philosophical Objections

Last modified on Thu Sep 3 20:16:56 2020


I look at the first chapter of Victor Stenger's book God: The failed hypothesis, and in particular at various philosophical arguments which have been raised against God.

Intellectual conservatism interview.

Last modified on Sun Aug 9 16:54:57 2020


I was recently interviewed by Suan Sonna of intellectual conservatism.

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