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May 25th, 2012

Kant’s Categorical Epistemology

by Max Andrews

The distinctions and categories in Kantian Epistemology:

What are true elements of knowledge?  Kant is a rationalist (the mind shapes the object with a priori categories). A priori, meaning prior to experience. Not from experience but from definition. A posteriori, after experience.

Content goes into five senses. Content equals sense-data called intuition sense-data. There are  innate categories of the mind. They mold, condition, and give form to the senses; a hermeneutical grid for the mind not the Bible. Time and space = pure intuition. The sermons form the hermeneutic “I make the world what it is to me.”

How did these elements develop into the two realms? A hypothesis that the mind is active requires that there be a distinction between the two realms (not a blank paper but something is already present to form the ideas). The objects present in the experience of the knower. The object rests beyond the experience of the knower. What they are?

Phenomenal

  • Def. The five later put through the grid of the mind

Noumenal

  • Def. Things of thought, Plato, Kant, “Things in themselves (whatever they may be)” they exist but limited by rational apprehension and limiting concept.  One cannot know the noumenal realm by pure [Newtonian] reason.
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May 25th, 2012

Responding to the Challenge that Intelligent Design Lacks a “Mechanism”

by Max Andrews

Reblogged from Casey Luskin at Evolution News and Views.

Apart from the occasional mutation, we often think of the information in DNA as static, like a read-only CD-ROM. Epigenetics has overturned this idea, but as ENV noted earlier, some scientists are finding they can make DNA more like a rewritable CD-RW. According to an article in Nature News, “Synthetic biologists have long sought to devise biological data-storage systems because they could be useful in a variety of applications, and because data storage will be a fundamental function of the digital circuits that the field hopes to create in cells.” And they have succeeded in doing just that, as “Researchers have encoded a form of rewritable memory into DNA.” The article explains that after being engineered by biologists, “DNA can be programmed to act as a biological data-storage device” where the DNA “can be erased and encoded with a new memory state, as is done in everyday devices such as personal computers.”

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