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...]

On Evolution

by Eric Steinhart A process atheist is someone who agrees that every question that used to be answered by appealing to God can be better answered by appealing to some form of evolution. So you might wonder about the meaning of the term evolution. Since the term evolution is abstract, it’s definition will be abstract: [Read More...]

Contra-Steinhart: Why We Should Not Identify As "Evolutionists"

While I agree with Eric Steinhart’s claims that atheists need to take metaphysics seriously and while I would be open to considering evolutionary models for answering metaphysical, ethical, and cosmological questions if they are promising, below I am going to briefly surmise several serious reservations I have to Eric’s suggestions that we ditch the term [Read More...]

Atheists = Evolvers

by Eric Steinhart I always hate to be called an atheist – it characterizes me in terms of what I don’t believe, rather than in terms of what I do believe. And that sucks. Worse, the label itself seems purely negative: ok, so there’s no God, but what is there? And worst of all, the [Read More...]

Synthese Intelligent Design Controversy

by Eric Steinhart The philosophy journal Synthese has become embroiled in a controversy regarding a special issue entitled “Evolution and its Rivals”. The chief editors of the journal have behaved in ways which have struck many philosophers as inappropriate. You can learn more about the controversy at the Leiter Report. If you’re an academic, you [Read More...]

The “Peacock Spider”(Maratus volans)

Extraordinary: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Tyson On How We Can Tell Nature Was Not Designed For Us

A really nice rundown from Neil deGrasse Tyson: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

What is Life?

Can we define it? Can we recognize it elsewhere in the universe if we cannot even define it? Thanks to Helen. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Why Bad Beliefs Don’t Die

The thoughts of Gregory W. Lester (as edited down by John W. Loftus) (okay, now I feel like calling myself Daniel W. Fincke): Because senses and beliefs are both tools for survival and have evolved to augment one another, our brain considers them to be separate but equally important purveyors of survival information….This means that [Read More...]


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