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...]

On Preachers Who Don't Believe in God

As a counterpoint to the infamous posts on atheists who believe in God, I offer Dennett and LaScola’s work on preachers who don’t believe in God. Here is a Dennett and LaScola paper and here is their forthcoming website called The Clergy Project. But wait!  Surely no atheist would believe in God!  And surely no [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...]

Deepity

Last week I highlighted both a portion of Jerry Coyne’s report from AAI and independently Andrew Sullivan’s nasty retort to another portion of that same post.  But I never quoted the really fun and on target coinage of Daniel Dennett which got so far under Sullivan’s skin: Dan Dennett talked about interviews with active priests [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...]

Daniel Dennett On “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea”

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Daniel Dennett Reminisces About Gilbert Ryle, JZ Young, and AJ Ayer

In Philosophy Now, Daniel Dennett engagingly tells his life story—or at least part one of it.  It’s a fascinating read and for me the most interesting parts are these on Gilbert Ryle and AJ Ayer.  In particular, the account of Ryle’s method of mentoring and influencing is remarkable an inspiring.  Or maybe just evidence that [Read More...]


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