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Friday, February 06, 2004

USS Clueful

Discussing his thinking and writing processes, Steven Den Beste notes: "Some people use prayer to gain wisdom and help them in deciding what they should do. They will compose themselves, and then explain their problem to God. Then they will "put it in God's hands", and wait, and eventually God will speak to them and tell them what they should do. It long ago occurred to me that if you remove the theology and look at the process, these people are doing exactly the same thing I am, and from my own mechanist viewpoint, the answer is coming from another part of their brain rather than from God."

Further cluefulness occurs here. What Den Beste is doing is applying the scientific method to philosophy. In the short term the results may be ugly, but in the long term the process works, really, really well.

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