Abstract neon background. luminous swirling. Glowing spiral cover. Black elegant. Halo around. Power isolated. Sparks particle. Space tunnel. Glossy jellyfish. LED color ellipse. Glint glitter
Abstract neon background. luminous swirling. Glowing spiral cover. Black elegant. Halo around. Power isolated. Sparks particle. Space tunnel. Glossy jellyfish. LED color ellipse. Glint glitter
ID the Future Podcasting on Intelligent Design and Evolution
Episodes

Kirk Durston on Fantasy Science and Scientism — Pt. 3 of 3

Episode
1304
Guests
Kirk Durston
Duration
00:16:27
Share
Facebook
Twitter
Print
arroba Email

On this episode of ID the Future, Kirk Durston, a biophysicist focused on identifying high-information-density parts of proteins, completes a three-part series on three categories of science: experimental, inferential, and fantasy science. Fantasy science makes inferential leaps so huge that virtually none of it is testable, either by the standards of experimental science or by those of the historical sciences, which reason to the best explanation by process of elimination. One example of fantasy science, according to Durston, is the multiverse. As he insists, an imaginative story largely untethered from evidence and testing but told using math instead of literary devices is still an imaginative story untethered from evidence and testing. Scientism, “atheism dressed up in a lab coat,” can lead to fantasy science of this kind because it commits itself to materialistic conclusions for philosophical reasons, not scientific ones.