The Quantum Thomist

Musings about quantum physics, classical philosophy, and the connection between the two.
Did science rise in rebellion to the Church?

Spot the Difference.
Last modified on Mon Jan 29 22:37:28 2018

Compare and contrast:

First of all we have this:

It is certain, and evident to our senses, that in the world some things are in motion [motion here means to change from one state to another].

And secondly we have this:

Thomas' Argument from Efficient Cause begins with the empirical observation of causal sequence in the world. Hence, this argument is an à posteriori argument, and the conclusion is not claimed to follow with certainty.

The Argument from Efficient Cause: There is an efficient cause for everything; nothing can be the efficient cause of itself.

Clearly nobody has told this lecturer (and unfortuantely his students wouldn't have learn't it either) that the words some things and everything don't have the same meaning.

[I shouldn't say that isn't the only issue with that page. I noticed about 33 elementary mistakes and misunderstandings. I can't claim to have seen them all.]

The importance of Symmetry

Reader Comments:

1. Callum Savage
Posted at 17:43:33 Wednesday January 31 2018

Its unbelievable how misunderstood Aquinas is by so many secular authors today. It's like they don't even try

2. Nigel Cundy
Posted at 18:13:07 Thursday February 1 2018

Agreed. The main problem is, I think, that they just repeat what they learnt from their mentor/favourite author, who repeats what he learnt, and so on, all the way back to someone who made a complete mess of it. Because they think Aristotle/Aquinas has been refuted, they don't bother looking into it in more detail.

Although, of course, there are a few exceptions who did break the pattern (such as Professor Feser), and we should be grateful for that much.

Also I was originally planning to do this post on Richard Dawkins (I was especially busy last week, so wanted to post something quick and easy), since I knew that he used the &34;Everything has a cause&34; straw-man and discussed Aquinas. But I had misremembered, and it turns out that he didn't do them both together. (Although his response was just to parrot a few other new atheist cliches instead, and rely on the &34;what created God?&34; straw-man which is only effective in the everything has a cause argument, so wasn't much better). So it might be that Dawkins did do a little bit of homework. Albeit not very much.

Still, it wasn't difficult to find an alternative.

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