PZ Myers Video: Science And Atheism Are Natural Allies

The first, and most interesting, claim: “Nothing will ever prove that evolution is wrong.”

Second, and second most interesting, claim: “Nothing can prove the existence of gods, not one thing.”

Third, and third most interesting, claim: that all this entails not closed-mindedness but pragmatism.

Fourth, and fourth most interesting, claim: atheism is more than what he derisively calls “dictionary atheism” (the idea that all that atheism itself entails is the lack of belief in gods and nothing further). His argument is that atheism is built on positive values.
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From the Humanist Canada/Atheist Alliance International 2010 Convention in Montreal, October 2, 2010.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.