Mr. Deity Meets Joseph Smith

In his newest Mr. Deity video, Brian Keith Dalton goes after his own former religion: Stick with the video after the credits for Brian’s account of what Dan Dennett is really like and to see a message to the Mr. Deity audience from numerous famous atheists (including our own PZ Myers) recorded at the Global [Read More...]

Dennett Debating Plantinga At The 2009 Central APA

This morning PZ is drooling over the book Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? (Point/Counterpoint) because it features a debate between Alvin Plantinga and Daniel Dennett, and because he is seriously jonesing to see Plantinga get pwned. Well, thanks to YouTube, one can hear it instead! Below is an audio recording of their debate at [Read More...]

Dennett: Darwin Had The Single Greatest Idea Anyone Ever Had

This is a terrific video in which Dennett and Dawkins get further into the weeds discussing the dynamics of evolution, responsibility, how you can make living things out of dead stuff and conscious ones out of unconscious ones, the wonder of natural processes, the idea that we have souls—but they’re made of neurons, and many [Read More...]

Typical Mind Fallacy: The Limits Of Generalizing From One Example

“Everyone generalizes from one example. At least, I do.” – Vlad Taltos (Issola, Steven Brust) My old professor, David Berman, liked to talk about what he called the “typical mind fallacy”, which he illustrated through the following example: There was a debate, in the late 1800s, about whether “imagination” was simply a turn of phrase [Read More...]