On Facts, Theories, And The Philosophy Of Science

PZ Myers fisks Nicholas Wade’s review of Richard Dawkins’s The Greatest Show on Earth, in which Wade gets pedantic about a distinction between facts and theories which only shows his own ignorance about how the two relate to each other.  Along the way Wade badly invokes the philosophy of science. First off Myers quotes Stephen [Read More...]

Why Do Atheism Rates Correlate With Education Levels?

Carlo Strenger argues the case that the statistical correlation between increased education and increased rates of atheism is not a coincidence or a matter of conformity for the sake of status among intellectuals: Nick Spencer shows that there is indeed a correlation between educational level and atheism. In the US this phenomenon is far more [Read More...]

Smug Atheists?

Andrew Sullivan, whose blogging I usually admire and emulate a great deal as he’s really my blogging hero, had an astoundingly nasty post about the fact that atheists dared to meet up together to listen to Daniel Dennett mock the emptiness of apophatic theological gobbledygook last weekend. They’re really charming, aren’t they? It is as [Read More...]

Do True Christians Ever Leave The Faith?

Writerdd makes an astute observation: I’ve been reading the comments here lately and I have noticed that a lot of Christian readers say the same things over and over again: “If you REALLY had been a Christian you would have never de-converted.” I’ve been struck by another thing recently as well: noticing that many de-converts [Read More...]

More Of New Hitchens From Australia

On Friday he went on the radio: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

‘Nuff Said Award Winner: An Andrew Sullivan Reader On A Darwinist Response To Evil

Just great stuff (from a very long e-mail you should read in full): You want a secular account of evil?  Here it is.  Evil does exist, like most other phenomena granted a label by human culture.  It is what we’ve semantically converged on:  a universally-understood though fuzzily-bounded descriptor of that which goes against our current [Read More...]

Richard Dawkins’s Speech Awarding Bill Maher

Here’s the video of Dawkins balancing honoring Bill Maher with recognizing his disagreements with Maher’s views on medicine. And then going on to give a solid speech about both the virtues of Maher’s work and the religulousness exposed in Maher’s film. Warning, there’s an annoying ringing sound and some bizarre burbling noises throughout the video. [Read More...]

Maher And Dawkins During The AAI

Last night, Bill Maher received an award named for Richard Dawkins and before arriving at the awards show to accept the award, he was on TV live with Dawkins while the conference watched.  And, btw, in this video, Thomas Friedman has a remark that I think is one of the most insightful you’ll hear about [Read More...]

Pat Condell Vs. Clergy

Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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