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Why is Dawkins not respected amongst philosophers?

Because he often indulges in rhetoric/polemic rather than truth-seeking discussion. If you strongly imply that your opponents are "delusional" (e.g. in the title of a book) then you put ...
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Is parapsychology a science?

The topic of a research is unrelated to whether it's science or not. Following scientific methods is. You can certainly scientifically research parapsychology, astrology, homeopathy, you name it. ...
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Does Bayesianism give an out for pseudoscience that it shouldn’t deserve?

The first issue is that the presented hypothesis is actually two hypotheses. While the sentence "Adam can guess, using psychic powers, what the price of each stock in the world will be at the end ...
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Is science value-free?

I'm happy to report, that science is a human endeavor, and humans are never value-free, so neither is science. That's a feature, and not a bug. For instance, some of the most important values of ...
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Is scientific method entirely based on statistics (statistical inference)?

Ernest Rutherford said: "If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment" which is deeply ironic, given that his subject (atomic/nuclear/particle physics) ...
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Is parapsychology a science?

When we get down to brass tacks, 'science' merely means coherent, systematic, empirical investigation. There are no restrictions on what we can be 'scientific' about. Science is just a commitment to ...
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Is it "unscientific" to be sceptical without offering alternative explanations?

Definitely not. To say that it is unscientific is to fall into what is sometimes called the Sherlock Holmes fallacy. Alice seems to be saying that her explanation must be right because she has ruled ...
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Can ChatGPT provide any value as a sounding board for philosophical exploration?

Since philosophy is about rigour, of thinking as well as of language, it is literally the opposite of a word game: as such, these LLM technologies, which are the next step of the statistical methods, ...
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Are there questions that science can't answer, but philosophy can?

Science can't answer ethical questions (though it might provide useful input). For example science can tell us why we love and care for our children (evolution giving rise to instinctive behaviour ...
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Are we at the end of scientific paradigm shifts?

The Paradigm shift Wikipedia page lists all the paradigm shifts It does not list all of them. At the beginning of the list: Some [emphasis added] of the "classical cases" of Kuhnian ...
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On the claim that science is an offspring of Christian thought?

First, concerning “the belief in a rational and orderly universe” one can just quote wikipedia: The philosopher Pythagoras used the term kosmos (Ancient Greek: κόσμος, Latinized kósmos) for the order ...
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Is it "unscientific" to be sceptical without offering alternative explanations?

Alice has made some anecdotal observations. Through a process of elimination, she proposes a hypothesis to explain the phenomenon, as well as an experiment to validate (or otherwise) her hypothesis. ...
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Why is Dawkins not respected amongst philosophers?

Because Dawkins is a scientist not a philosopher You might, reasonably, say that Dawkins is making philosophical arguments but he does not engage with philosophy as a subject. He does not know the ...
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Is science value-free?

When Harris cites the atomic description of water as being thoroughly value-laden, the two questions that come to mind are If all those hidden, unspecified values he is talking about are removed from ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

I don't know that anyone would say "complete" materialism is "essential" for making scientific progress. However, science relies on methodological materialism (or methodological ...
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What Would Be the state of philosophy of Science if There were no patterns in nature

If there were no patterns in nature, there would be no humans around to observe it. Think about it, your very ability to exist in a persistent way requires certain regularities. If nature truly had NO ...
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Is entropy physical or idealistic?

to complete RodolfoAP's answer with a simple image of what entropy is that might resolve the confusion of OP. Entropy is not about "order" or "chaos", those terms are just used by ...
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What sorts of beliefs can be justified non-scientifically?

Ethical and moral beliefs are justified but they are non scientific. Aesthetic beliefs , metaphysical beliefs , epistemological beliefs , religious beliefs , intuitive beliefs , cultural and social ...
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On the claim that science is an offspring of Christian thought?

Even if the premise that Christianity provided the right environment for science to be born were true, it does not follow that it is necessary for it. That Christian countries developed science, were ...
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Physical reality of physics properties

The force of a tractor pulling a plow or a shed pushing down on the Earth isn't one physically real thing (strictly speaking). It's a simplified model of a collection of the interactions of many, many ...
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Is scientific method entirely based on statistics (statistical inference)?

The experimental portion of the scientific method requires statistics. The model-building process, on the other hand, relies instead on mathematical formalism.
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On the claim that science is an offspring of Christian thought?

Maybe my first installment was a bit rushed so let me try and improve it a little. The claim that science originates from Christian thought is vastly overblown. First because it ignores the scientific ...
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Is it "unscientific" to be sceptical without offering alternative explanations?

she proposes a hypothesis to explain the phenomenon, as well as an experiment to validate (or otherwise) her hypothesis... Bob still believes that it is reasonable be open-minded, even though he ...
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Is it "unscientific" to be sceptical without offering alternative explanations?

Let's suppose the answer to your question was yes, it is unscientific to doubt theories without alternative explanations. Bob would have to say 'No need to perform your experiment, Alice; I can't ...
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What were the reactions to Hume's problem of induction from scientists practicing in the field?

I can't speak for people in the 18th century, but there isn't really much for scientists to do about it. The principle of induction has proven to be exceedingly useful for predicting things, and for ...
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What are appropriate limits to good faith?

Anecdote I once took a masters level class in advanced electronics. The professor specialized in biomedical instruments. He had completed many research projects for the military and the medical ...
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Is materialism essential to scientific progress?

First, materialism is an outdated term. It was used as a political catchword in many ideological discussions. Mostly with a pejorative meaning. Quantum field theory emphasized the concept of fields, ...
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Why is Dawkins not respected amongst philosophers?

Dawkins’s Ultimate 747 Gambit is in deep trouble... Whether simplicity is construed as syntactic or ontological, as qualitative parsimony or quantitative parsimony, it is simply too strong to claim ...
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Is parapsychology a science?

Astrology is a science. It has a central claim, "The position of the stars at the time of your birth will allow us to make predictions as to what will happen later in your life". Tests of ...
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