What to Make of our Natural Dispositions to Supernaturalism?

Reasonable Doubts has a terrific new episode critically analyzes arguments against atheism by psychologist Justin L. Barrett and philosopher Kelly Clark that try to combine findings in cognitive science that indicate natural dispositions in most people towards supernaturalistic beliefs with an interpretation of warrant for beliefs that comes from Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga in order [Read More...]

Do We Really Only Use 10% of Our Brain?

With the new movie Lucy coming out and revolving around the idea that a woman who could use 100% of her brain would gain godlike powers, neurologist Krish Sathian of Emory University debunks the common myth that we only use 10% of our brains: While the movie looks like a fun fantasy, it’s amazingly absurd [Read More...]

Creation Stories

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart. Many religions have creation stories.  The Judeo-Christian creation stories are found in the first chapters of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible.  There is no need to repeat the Genesis stories here.  It can be agreed that there are some metaphorical or analogical correspondences [Read More...]

No, Professor Plantinga, Non-theism IS A Scientific Implication of Evolution

In a New York Times profile, Alvin Plantinga, a generation’s most prominent Christian philosopher, says a lot of highly disputable things about the supposed rationality of theism and the supposed irrationality of naturalism and atheism. He does this in the process of summarizing some of the theses of his new book on science and religion, [Read More...]

Thinking According To Scale

PZ and Crommunist offer nice denunciations of the significance of a graphic which has been going around the internet which concludes that the chance of any given individual alive today ever existing was 1 in 102,685,000.  Below the fold is the graphic, key snippets of their remarks and the lesson to draw for how we should consider [Read More...]

"Not Everything In Life Is Logical"

When we rationalists, naturalists, and other assorted atheists insist that no one should form beliefs that disregard logic and evidence, the defenders of faith often tell us that “Not everything in life is logical”, or use some variant of this phrase. What might they mean by this? Where is their confusion exactly and how best [Read More...]

Homosexuality As Naturally Good Part 1: Laying Out Objections To Ethical Naturalism, Some On Behalf Of Gays

I intend to lay out the case for the ethical goodness of homosexuality for homosexual people in a way that is consistent with my funadmentally naturalistic ethical theory. Many philosophers, natural scientists, social scientists, and laypeople alike are averse about trying to base ethical judgments on appeals to nature. And there are a number of [Read More...]

The Objective Value of Ordered Complexity

I argue that the word goodness should be interpreted to mean, in the most fundamental sense of the word, “effectiveness”. I also argue that since effectiveness is a factual issue, goodness is a factual issue. These controversial positions of mine raise a lot of thought provoking questions and challenges from readers. I am using this [Read More...]

Offer Nominations for 3 Quarks Daily's Prize for Best Blog Writing in Philosophy

For the third straight year, 3 Quarks Daily will award a prize for blog writing in philosophy.  Nominate what you think is the best philosophy blog post from the last year by 11:59pm EST on Monday night (September 5). Below the fold are both the full details of the contest and a very good video interview [Read More...]


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