You might recall Belgian philosopher Maarten Boudry, whose work I’ve discussed several times, including his analysis about how one could test for the existence of the supernatural (he agrees with me rather than P.Z. on this issue) as well as his paper (also written with colleagues) philosophically analyzing the intelligent-design idea of “irreducible complexity.”
Yesterday evening the Think Atheist Radio Show had an interview with Boudry that is available at this website. Listeners can also grab the show from the Think Atheist iTunes page. Here’s the Think Atheist blurb:
Dr. Maarten Boudry: Dr. Boudry is a philosopher and Doctoral Researcher at Ghent University in Belgium. I first became aware of Dr. Boudry late last year during the extended back and forth between Jerry Coyne, PZ Myers, Sean Carroll and others on the question of whether there could ever be convincing evidence for the existence of God. Dr. Boudry’s work was cited and discussed and made quite an impression. His doctoral dissertation, Here Be Dragons (pdf), recently came across my radar, the reading of which gave me no less of a reason to be impressed. He joined us to talk about whether science can say anything about the supernatural, “irreducible complexity”, and the demarcation between science vs. pseudoscience.
He makes some good points, including the notion that many pseudosciences—and not just religion depend on “supernatural” explanations, and he highlights the problem of defining what is “supernatural.” It’s well worth listening to, especially if you haven’t read Boudry’s papers.