Lawrence Krauss Replies To William Lane Craig’s Crowing

Physicist Lawrence Krauss recently debated William Lane Craig and was appalled by both his tactics in the debate and his subsequent representations of it. Krauss is eager to get his own account of events to a wider audience, so in the interest of contributing to that end, I am reproducing it in full below. You [Read More...]

Rachel Maddow Explains The Nuclear Threat In Japan

This account of how nuclear power works and what the current danger was remarkably clarifying for me: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Dr. Maddow would truly make a superb physics professor (you know, if she actually had as good a grasp of all physics as she has of [Read More...]

Atheistic Design Arguments

by Eric Steinhart All design arguments reason from the organization in our universe to the existence of some divine designer. What does this designer do? Design implies deliberate selection from a plurality of alternative possibilities. It cannot be selection from one possibility nor can it be random selection. It has to be rational selection. According [Read More...]

Physics is Grounded in Mathematics

by Eric Steinhart Mathematics is effective in science. Wigner (1960: 14) regards this effectiveness as magical: “The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve.” The prudent reply that it is surely not very scientific to [Read More...]

Can Atheists do Math?

by Eric Steinhart Leibniz’s version of the cosmological argument (his Sufficient Reason Argument) runs from the continency of our universe to the existence of some necessary being. This necessary being is the ground of our universe. The ground isn’t part of our universe – it stands in no spatial, temporal, or causal relation to any [Read More...]

Atheism and Leibniz

by Eric Steinhart The cosmological argument is really a family of arguments. Some of the cosmological arguments are very concrete. Aquinas’s Second Way and the Kalam Argument (popularized by William Lane Craig) reason back to some first cause of the universe at the beginning of time. Atheists (like Quentin Smith) have given various replies to [Read More...]

Why Materialism is Unscientific

by Eric Steinhart You’ve probably heard the old question: Why is there something rather than nothing?  It’s unfortunate when theists screw this up.  They say: Because God created the universe!  Of course, since God is something, you can’t use God to answer the question.  The universe coming from God is just something from something. And [Read More...]

Cat Faber’s “The Words Of God”

This is another, meditative Sunday afternoon song, each of I’ve lifted from either this post or its comments section). This one though is not satirical and should be genuinely amenable to the more sophisticated theist (or pantheist or other believer in a philosopher’s god of some sort), who wants more God in her view of [Read More...]

How To Get Something From Nothing!

Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel explains! (And in an accessible way which includes lots of pictures and comic strips!) (via) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The (Jesuit) Father Of The Big Bang Theory

Recently, on Facebook, I boiled down my philosophical and scientific objections to theistic evolution to pithy status update size and received a good deal of discussion as a result. I plan to edit, reprint, and possibly expand upon my remarks on theistic evolution on Camels With Hammers soon. But in the meantime, I wanted to [Read More...]