I think the way some of the issues to be settle is less with philosophy but rather what little experiments and observations we can continue to make to sort out and perhaps explain anomalies in the OE and YE models.
I have my philosophical biases, but arguing over what little data we have I think doesn’t settle issues, gathering more data is the best route, but unfortunately the most difficult.
I can only point to one measly example on in my own life. I accepted Ohno’s nylonase hypothesis. John Sanford contacted me a couple years ago and said, “Sal can you look at the databases, find out what’s going on, see if the sequence Ohno claimed exists in the database.” Well the sequence didn’t, and we looked at the databases HARD. The claim in 1984 by Ohno was credible,but about 34 year later in light of new data, it was refuted. An expert at the NIH also confirmed Sanford’s intuition was right.
On another note, how about the topic of junk DNA? We didn’t have the experiments we have now since Ohno’s claim most of DNA is junk. We now have a lot of data to resolve paradoxes, and it’s not so certain that most of the DNA is junk…
“is it a philosophical response instead of a technical response to believe in young life, for instance?” Most YECs reminds me of that scene from Inherit the Wind where the creationist (Matthew Brady) has a melt-down on the witness stand and just starts thumping his Bible. I found that scene disgusting, but a lot of my YEC comrades behave just that way. It doesn’t instill a lot of trust.
My approach, for which I am horrifically criticized, is that with respect to the YEC vs. Atheism, the proper philosophical approach is Pascal’s wager. It’s not so easy, perhaps inappropriate to apply Pascal’s Wager to YEC vs. OEC, or YEC vs. TE…
FWIW, I was a skilled blackjack player who go thrown out of several casinos after I won about $30,000 at the tables. My photo got circulated around the country, and I can’t play without risk of getting thrown out again. The experience affected my approach to life where big decisions are made with incomplete, confusing, information. Many decisions in life are made with less data than we’d like to have, and that’s just the way life is…how we decide without all the facts is the casino of life that we are forced into.
I have hope however, more data will come in and the matter will be clearer, and that’s all we can hope for.
But back to blackjack, I was listed in the documentary credits of this movie about Christian Blackjack players who took the casinos for 3.5 million dollars. There is an epistmology in the gambling world regarding betting on uncertain outcomes, and that is my view of YEC vs. Atheism, the wager isn’t so clear cut however in other contexts.