"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...]

Documentary with Stephen Hawking about Whether God Created the Universe

Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Shelley Segal's "Eve" (And Interview)

Following PZ’s lead, last weekend I highlighted the video “Saved” by Shelley Segal. Segal’s debut album is called An Atheist Album and comes out some time in the next few weeks. Below, via Token Skeptic comes an interview and the acoustic performance of another song “Eve”. (By the way, Token Skeptic also has photographic proof of Bigfoot [Read More...]

A Debate About The Wisdom of Trying To Deconvert People

Jaime: So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how best to debate the existence of God with religious believers… Kelly: Why would you do that? Jaime: Do what? Kelly: Debate the existence of God with religious believers. What’s the point in that? Jaime: What do you mean, “what’s the point?” We live in the [Read More...]

Fighting The Dictionary

Ophelia wrote an insightful, controversial paragraph: Churches don’t do education. Religion doesn’t do education. Churches and religion do religion, which is different from education. Education is what schools do. It is fundamentally secular – it is about the world, and exploring and learning about the world. Like newspapers, like forensics, like medicine, like so many human institutions, [Read More...]

My Fundamentalist Preacher Brother, His Kids, And Me (And "What To Do About One’s Religiously Raised Nieces and Nephews")

When I am down in Tampa, around most of my family, my entire career as a philosophy professor gets left almost entirely up in New York. My online career as an outspoken atheist gets kept to the internet. I have little to say about philosophy and keep my mouth shut about religion for the most [Read More...]

Shelley Segal's "Saved"

The girl can sing. And push back against false ideas. The forthcoming album is called An Atheist Album. This song is available on Amazon. Via PZ. Lyrics are below the fold: [Read more...]

Nietzsche: We Cannot "Selflessly" Investigate Morality

Nietzsche writes a lot of things which attack the ideal of selflessness. Yet he does not make any blanket call for an ideal of unmitigated, small-minded selfishness. He calls for certain kinds of self-concern and in some cases certain kinds of self-denial in the pursuit of higher purposes or higher ideals of self-cultivation. Rather than [Read More...]

I Don't Really Give A Fuck About Tone, Per Se

In my ten posts of tips for reaching out to religious believers this past week, people have repeatedly gotten the idea that I was fretting about tone. But I wasn’t. I never used the word and it never even crossed my mind to do so. I am concerned with the truth and with the good. [Read More...]


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