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Is Ai Intelligent, Really?, Bruce D. Baker Aug 2019

Is Ai Intelligent, Really?, Bruce D. Baker

SPU Works

The question of intelligence opens up a bouquet of interrelated questions:

Suppose that some future AGI systems (on-screen or robots) equaled human performance. Would they have real intelligence, real understanding, real creativity? Would they have selves, moral standing, free choice? Would they be conscious? And without consciousness, could they have any of those other properties?[1]

The only way out of the morass is to recognize that truth claims do not stand on their own, aloof and cut off from the sea of meaning which grants epistemic access. In other words, truth presumes access to: (1) a way of knowing ...


Is Subjectivity Truth? Musings On Kierkegaard And Potok, Elizabeth Muchmore Dec 2018

Is Subjectivity Truth? Musings On Kierkegaard And Potok, Elizabeth Muchmore

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

No one’s beliefs lie stagnant from the time of their creation, yet everyone must always come home. That is to say, incorporating past beliefs (coming home) is a vital process in creating new ones which cannot stand alone. Core values must grow with the individual as they experience life to a greater and fuller degree. Knowing how, when and what to modify is the pressing question of change, but old beliefs should not be rejected altogether. This conflict produces the line between one belief and another, one side and another and this line should not be erased. The only ...


“Once Gone Through, We Trace Round Again”: The Cyclical Journey Of Belief And Unbelief In Herman Melville's Later Works, Emily Pamela Butler-Probst Jan 2018

“Once Gone Through, We Trace Round Again”: The Cyclical Journey Of Belief And Unbelief In Herman Melville's Later Works, Emily Pamela Butler-Probst

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis explores Herman Melville's struggling relationship between belief and unbelief in Moby-Dick, “Benito Cereno” and Clarel. Melville’s travel to the Marquesas gave him a sense of cultural relativity which prompted questions about his faith that continually remerged even as he found answers. In spite of overwhelming skepticism, Melville was unwilling to fully relinquish his faith because belief also offered comfort. Being trapped in a space where he could not fully believe but was equally unable to detach himself from faith, Melville discovered Ralph Waldo Emerson’s concept of double consciousness which served as a theoretical framework for ...


Lost Expectations: On Derrida's Abraham, Mary-Jane V. Rubenstein Dec 2017

Lost Expectations: On Derrida's Abraham, Mary-Jane V. Rubenstein

Mary-Jane Rubenstein


This chapter undertakes a critical analysis of Jacques Derrida’s reading of Fear and Trembling (Frygt og Bæven) in The Gift of Death (Donner la mort). In a gesture that might be called a faithful betrayal, Derrida seeks in this text to “go further” than de Silentio, pushing Abraham’s singular near-sacrifice of Isaac into “the most common” experience of decision, his absolute relation to the Absolute into every relation to any other. Composed largely of anonymous fragments, the essay at hand evaluates the theo-ethico-political stakes of this deconstruction, seeking to re-read Derrida’s tout autre in light of the ...


Angel Of Whom?, Garrett Bullock Oct 2016

Angel Of Whom?, Garrett Bullock

CIE Essay Writing Contest

No abstract provided.


Answering Your Question: Knowing The Truth, Neal Deroo Feb 2016

Answering Your Question: Knowing The Truth, Neal Deroo

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"To turn the question of truth towards the person of Christ then helps us answer the question of how we can know that we can know the truth."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­knowing the truth from In All Things - an online hub committed to the claim that the life,death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has implications for the entire world.

http://inallthings.org/answering-your-question-knowing-the-truth/


The Practicality Of Statistics: Why Money As Expected Value Does Not Make Statistics Practical, Sean Reimer Jan 2015

The Practicality Of Statistics: Why Money As Expected Value Does Not Make Statistics Practical, Sean Reimer

CMC Senior Theses

This thesis covers the uncertainty of empirical prediction. As opposed to objectivity, I will discuss the practicality of statistics. Practicality defined as "useful" in an unbiased sense, in relation to something in the external world that we care about. We want our model of prediction to give us unbiased inference whilst also being able to speak about something we care about. For the reasons explained, the inherent uncertainty of statistics undermines the unbiased inference for many methods. Bayesian Statistics, by valuing hypotheses is more plausible but ultimately cannot arrive at an unbiased inference. I posit the value theory of money ...


Contesting Faith, Truth, And Religious Language At The Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection, Brent A. R. Hege Aug 2014

Contesting Faith, Truth, And Religious Language At The Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, attempts to demonstrate the flaws in contemporary science and to offer an alternative explanation of human origins and biological complexity rooted in a specific reading of the biblical narrative. This effort, however, is paradoxically rooted in the worldview of modern science and the Enlightenment. This article will examine the Creation Museum’s definitions of faith, truth, and religious language and will compare these definitions to those of mainline Protestant Christianity to uncover the historical and theological presuppositions of Creationist and mainline Protestant engagements with contemporary science.


Contesting Faith, Truth, And Religious Language At The Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection, Brent A. R. Hege Apr 2014

Contesting Faith, Truth, And Religious Language At The Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection, Brent A. R. Hege

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, attempts to demonstrate the flaws in contemporary science and to offer an alternative explanation of human origins and biological complexity rooted in a specific reading of the biblical narrative. This effort, however, is paradoxically rooted in the worldview of modern science and the Enlightenment. This article will examine the Creation Museum’s definitions of faith, truth, and religious language and will compare these definitions to those of mainline Protestant Christianity to uncover the historical and theological presuppositions of Creationist and mainline Protestant engagements with contemporary science.


Book Reviews, Various Authors Feb 2012

Book Reviews, Various Authors

Eleutheria

Review by Russell Meek of Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires and Emotions for Faith by Clifford Williams. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011, 188 pp., $22.00.

Review by A. Chadwick Thornhill of The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011, 177pp., $19.99 USD.


Skepticism Leads To Faith, Kelsey Kats Sep 2009

Skepticism Leads To Faith, Kelsey Kats

The First-Year Papers (2010 - present)

No abstract provided.


Apparitions: Essays On Revisioning My Faith, My Mother, And Myself, Susan Murnan Mar 2006

Apparitions: Essays On Revisioning My Faith, My Mother, And Myself, Susan Murnan

Student Work

Spiritual writing, like any type of nonfiction, can be a daunting task for a writer. Not only does the topic lack the certainty that we’re all searching for, but its canyons have been surveyed and examined and trudged by men and women for centuries. Like a travel writer must look at a place as though it is untouched, a spiritual writer must write with the confidence that their words ultimately inform the audience about their own unique motivations. Like a collection of travel writing, I use place to organize ideas. Or, perhaps, these places picked me, so that I ...


The Modal Gap: The Objective Problem Of Lessing's Ditch(Es) And Kierkegaard's Subjective Reply, Matthew A. Benton Jan 2006

The Modal Gap: The Objective Problem Of Lessing's Ditch(Es) And Kierkegaard's Subjective Reply, Matthew A. Benton

SPU Works

This essay expands upon the suggestion that Lessing's infamous ‘ditch’ is actually three ditches: temporal, metaphysical, and existential gaps. It examines the complex problems these ditches raise, and then proposes that Kierkegaard's Fragments and Postscript exhibit a similar triadic organizational structure, which may signal a deliberate attempt to engage and respond to Lessing's three gaps. Viewing the Climacean project in this way offers an enhanced understanding of the intricacies of Lessing's rationalist approach to both religion and historical truth, and illuminates Climacus's subjective response to Lessing.


Beyond Violence: Religious Sources Of Social Transformation In Judaism, Christianity, And Islam, James L. Heft, S.M. Jun 2004

Beyond Violence: Religious Sources Of Social Transformation In Judaism, Christianity, And Islam, James L. Heft, S.M.

Religion

In an age of terrorism and other forms of violence committed in the name of religion, how can religion become a vehicle for peace, justice, and reconciliation? And in a world of bitter conflicts-many rooted in religious difference-how can communities of faith understand one another?

The essays in this important book take bold steps forward to answering these questions. The fruit of a historic conference of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars and community leaders, the essays address a fundamental question: how the three monotheistic traditions can provide the resources needed in the work of justice and reconciliation.

Two distinguished scholars ...


Some Shattering Simplicity: Suffering, Love, And Faith In The Thought Of C.S. Lewis, Jennifer Woodruff Jan 1997

Some Shattering Simplicity: Suffering, Love, And Faith In The Thought Of C.S. Lewis, Jennifer Woodruff

Inklings Forever

A repeated theme in the works of C.S. Lewis is the tension inherent in why and how we believe and accept Christianity. Christianity makes sense of reality, but at the same time shatters all our expectations of reality. Examining Lewis’s writings about the nature of suffering, faith, and love we learn how this is not a contradiction but a shattering simplicity that reveals the truth about reality.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Dorothy L. Sayers: Thinking Passionately, Marjorie Lamp Mead Jan 1997

Dorothy L. Sayers: Thinking Passionately, Marjorie Lamp Mead

Inklings Forever

Examines the life of Dorothy Sayers and her perspectives on the relationship between Christianity and reason. Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Full Issue 1997 (Volume 1) Jan 1997

Full Issue 1997 (Volume 1)

Inklings Forever

The collected papers presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Dorothy L. Sayers And The Passionate Intellect, Roger Phillips Jan 1997

Dorothy L. Sayers And The Passionate Intellect, Roger Phillips

Inklings Forever

Dorothy L. Sayers wrote, “[W]here the intellect is dominant it becomes the channel of all other feelings. The ‘passionate intellect’ is really passionate. It is the only point at which ecstasy can enter.” While a phrase that is often used by biographers, the actual meaning of ‘passionate intellect’ is up for discussion. In exploring the life of Sayers one can see how she came to use this term and its meaning in the context of her life.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


George Macdonald's Answer To The Victorian Crises Of Faith, Pamela Jordan Jan 1997

George Macdonald's Answer To The Victorian Crises Of Faith, Pamela Jordan

Inklings Forever

Due to the advances in science and new philosophies, the people of the Victorian era faced a crisis of faith and its place in a new scientific era. Like other religious novelists, George MacDonald used his stories to address the theological questions and doubt of the time. This approach is particularly evident in his novel Thomas Wingfold, Curate.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Vollenhoven And Thinking In The Light Of Scripture, John H. Kok Dec 1992

Vollenhoven And Thinking In The Light Of Scripture, John H. Kok

Pro Rege

No abstract provided.


Existence In Mathematics, Willis J. Alberda Mar 1979

Existence In Mathematics, Willis J. Alberda

Pro Rege

No abstract provided.