I learned from BBC today, that CERN has invited philosophers and theologians to debate the origins of the universe, following the discovery of the Higgs boson (or something of the sorts). Now, I can see how some philosophers can potentially contribute to certain questions regarding the origins of the universe, humanity, consciousness, morality etc. No problems there. They can ask some good questions and pave the way for science to find the answers. They may even provide some quasi-answers as well I guess.
Last night I was watching a debate between Christopher Hitchens and Frank Turek, on the question: “What best explains reality: theism or atheism?“. I could not help but notice that the same arguments were presented yet again by some religious apologist. Nevertheless, some of them I found interesting not in their argumentative prowess, but in that while they seem intuitively wrong, sometimes I am hard pressed to express my opinion on the subject. Therefore, I am writing this post mostly to document my thoughts, and hope to generate some discussion or provoke some thinking in my numerous (three to be precise) audience.
Simon Singh is to give a talk tonight at 6pm at Goldsmiths, University of London, entitled: “Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine (and the Media) on Trial“.
A debate on complementary and alternative therapies will take place at Guy’s hospital on the 28th of April. The motion of the debate is ‘this house believes that complementary and alternative therapies do more harm than good‘, proposed by Simon Singh and Prof Michael Baum.