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Is naturalism falsifiable?

That's the problem with ontological frameworks: any challenge to the framework must come from outside of it, and can therefore be discarded as non existent. Take the existence of ghosts, for exemple: ...
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Could Occam's Razor ever favor theism?

My two cents. As @Conifold eloquently mentions, Occam's Razor is somewhat vague and notions of complexity somewhat arbitrary, so that given suitable criteria of complexity and simplicity almost ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

I share your intuition of mind-body dualism. But to answer your question. I've listed 5 reasons below, why this intuition isn't as popular as it might have been a few hundred years ago. Neuroscience. ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

Firstly I echo the comment of Thinkingman that it is not unpopular to believe that there is a soul. Secondly, your question seems to boil down to defining the word 'soul' to be a synonym for '...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

The top answer to the other question you linked cites the Catholic catechism: 366 The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not "produced" by the ...
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Naturalism and anti-realism in the philosophy of science

The problem you will encounter here is that the main overlap between these two areas is science. Science itself, to be blunt, doesn't really care about philosophy very much, and so it doesn't have a ...
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Is naturalism the null hypothesis?

There is no "the" null hypothesis. Every claim that can have a null hypothesis is: "X perturbations of initial conditions make more likely Y end conditions" and every null ...
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Can people who deny naturalism consistently believe in science?

Short Answer Can people who deny naturalism consistently believe in science? Yes. The belief in naturalism does not preclude supernaturalism. If one starts from faith, and then accepts science, then ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

What do you mean by soul? That is the question that makes it dubious terminology. Because it's a word used for hugely different ideas in greatly varying traditions. Aristotle held to a tripartite soul ...
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Can people who deny naturalism consistently believe in science?

Can someone explain how a person can consistently believe in the supernatural without denying induction and science? By starting from a different premise. Everything we see in our life can be ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

There are a few parts to this question, so let's go through them one by one. Souls within theism / Christianity It is not an unpopular view in Christianity that human beings have supernatural and ...
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A Statistical Argument Against Naturalism from Pro Golf

I think this problem is actually a physical problem, not a statistical or philosophical problem. And I think you’ll get better answers than mine if you post this problem on Physics SE. All pro ...
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Is my objection to naturalism popular or fringe in contemporary philosophy?

You seem to be attacking a common strawman of naturalism What you presented as naturalism (or "strict" naturalism) may be self-defeating, but this is not what naturalism is, according to ...
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Could Occam's Razor ever favor theism?

Occam's razor does not favour any theory. Occam's razor is just a simple, practical heuristic, which says that the more complicated the theory, the less likely a priori it is to be true. This doesn't ...
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Could Occam's Razor ever favor theism?

Simplicity is a highly suspect standard. I have encountered all sorts of rationalizations that a writer's preferred worldview is "simple" and competing ones "complex", on both ...
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Could Occam's Razor ever favor theism?

Could Occam's Razor ever favor theism? Certainly! The entire premise of the Intelligent Design movement is that it does, with respect to the origin of life and the origin of extant biological ...
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What are theistic responses to Graham Oppy's argument for atheism from naturalism?

I'll only respond to the part of his argument that is at least partly spelled out in the question: the part about naturalism being simpler than theism. He claims that theists believe all of the things ...
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In traditional philosophy, what is the opposite to "Intelligent Design theory"?

If you find some rock in the wild, what's the "opposite" of a person having placed it there? That's an odd question to ask. You can come up with other possible explanations, but those aren't ...
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Is it possible to define "the supernatural"?

The question asked and the one described are different. You asked if it is possible to define "the supernatural." The answer to that question is, yes. It has been done in many dictionaries, and the ...
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Why is it an unpopular view, among philosophers and religious people, that a human being has a supernatural, spiritual soul?

This is a complex question, so the answer will have to be complex as well. I will try to break the question up into sub questions. Is belief in souls unpopular? Yes, and no. The "no" ...
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Is my objection to naturalism popular or fringe in contemporary philosophy?

Yes, this is an argument against extreme naturalism and it’s validity is a mainstream view. The extreme reductionist thesis you describe is explicitly "scientism", as it holds that all ...
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Barring miracles, can anything in principle ever establish the existence of the supernatural?

Your question presumes several false things about science, which will make the answer to the first question fairly simple. 1a) You presume that science laws are absolute, and always unbroken. This is ...
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Barring miracles, can anything in principle ever establish the existence of the supernatural?

The example i like to use for this kind of questions are healing prayers. So assume a person is sick, in coma even, and their friends and relatives may pray for their recovery, or not. When they do, ...
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Could Occam's Razor ever favor theism?

Occam's Razor is about explanations, and explanations are about understanding how things work. The problem with theism as an explanation for anything is that, rather than giving a "how", it ...
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What are theistic responses to Graham Oppy's argument for atheism from naturalism?

On my more theistically-inclined days (they vary), I don't know that I'm often believing in order to explain the laws of physics, say; or the history of the world; or even what I ought to do. There is ...
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What are theistic responses to Graham Oppy's argument for atheism from naturalism?

There are two obvious counter-arguments. One is that simpler is not necessarily correct in itself (consider the many well-known examples of simpler theories being supplanted by more complicated ones). ...
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Is Western atheism a kind of Protestant religion?

I am puzzled by Plantinga's reservation to call naturalism a religion. What is this vagueness he refers to? Plantinga's implications of placing naturalism -- and, perhaps, atheism -- with other ...
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