Wanted: Rationalist Pushback (link)

Re­cently I started a new blog, named “Un­di­vided Look­ing: com­ments on physics and the­ol­ogy”. You can find it here:


My main goals are to:

  • dis­cuss sci­ence and/​or re­li­gion issues

  • pop­u­larize some fun­da­men­tal physics ideas to folks who aren’t afraid of math, but don’t nec­es­sar­ily know much physics

(My day job is re­search­ing quan­tum grav­ity at UC Santa Bar­bara, so I ac­tu­ally know what I’m talk­ing about when it comes to the sci­ence.)

I’m post­ing this to Less Wrong in or­der to so­licit com­ments from in­tel­li­gent and civil mem­bers of the ra­tio­nal­ist com­mu­nity. I’m a Chris­tian, but I want to avoid group­think in the com­ments sec­tion, since I be­lieve ideas should be de­vel­oped and tested around peo­ple with mul­ti­ple view­points. So if any­one is will­ing to come and provide some friendly push­back from a ra­tio­nal­ist per­spec­tive, that would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Since the Less Wrong com­mu­nity is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in dis­cussing epistemic norms, I’d be es­pe­cially happy to get feed­back on this se­ries of posts:

Pillars of Science: Sum­mary and Questions

in which I iden­tify 6 differ­ent fea­tures of sci­en­tific in­quiry which help ac­count for its phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess. (Reli­gion is only men­tioned tan­gen­tially in this par­tic­u­lar se­ries, so even if you aren’t in­ter­ested in re­hash­ing re­li­gious de­bates, you could still make a valuable con­tri­bu­tion there.)