Joined: Dec. 2007
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|"Wayne J. Downs holds an M.Div. from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. His long-term research interest lies at the intersection of cognitive science and philosophy, and focuses on the dynamics of pain in its relation to establishing moral values. After completing his doctoral studies, he hopes to teach philosophy and religion at the college or university level. He is program director of the Trinity Institute, a nonprofit Christian retreat and study center located in Tehuacana, Texas. "|
In other words, his "research" probably focuses on whether spanking before, after or during church services results a better establishment of "moral values."
I wonder if the Templeton Foundation would be interested in funding that stuff...
I think there has been quite a bit of research in this area already. :)
Kind of appropriate that Demsbki and his merry band of sycophants are right on the cutting edge of science that goes back to Paley...again.
Earlier Research - IDCist Scooped Again
But the research was conducted by atheistic materialists who wouldn't know a moral if it bit them on the ass. They never considered that parental savagery might have life-long spiritual benefits for children even when no short-term behavioral benefits relative to non-corporal punishment were evident. (HT: Denyse O'Leary)
Seriously, I wish I hadn't seen this. It makes polite exchanges with IDists awfullly hard. The oxymoron of Christian violence is always tough for me to abide, but when the violence is directed at children, I tend to go ballistic (yes, verbally violent - no excuse).
Does Dembski beat his "developmentally slow" son extra hard to make sure he turns out moral? I doubt it. He may take the child to the faith healer, but I'll bet that he also avails himself of all the non-mentalistic neuroscience explaining development and behavior in terms of the material brain he can come by. If he had an ethical bone in his body, he'd have taken O'Leary to task for her simplistic bullshit long ago.
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth about them, and they think it's hell. — Harry S Truman