Theocrat of the Week: Stuart H. Schwartz

If you read one bit of off the Richter insane bit of hagiography mixed with 21st Century-style right wing populism, persecution complex, theocratic fantasies and claim to power prophetic powers all year, make it this article from Liberty University’s Stuart Schwartz. Sarah Palin loves God. God loves Sarah Palin. And that is why they hate her…and Him. And why she — and He — will be back. Sarah Palin’s spirituality has affected every part of her life, allowing her to… Read more

Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl

In honor of Metric’s appearance promoting their new album “Fantasies” on David Letterman just now, here is the song in which Metric’s lead singer Emily Haines first completely mesmerized me (and many others).  Her voice and performances are so completely alluring that I keep going back and listening to her even though her song writing only inconsistently lives up to her gifts with phrasing and singing.  While her work with her regular band Metric and her solo act as Emily… Read more

Can Scientists Infer About Naturalism And Its Limitations?

John Pieret is not thrilled with Sean Carroll’s foray into the philosophy of science and metaphysics from Thursday. Particularly, he is (rightly) critical of Carroll’s dismissal of major theories of scientific demarcation as mere “mottos” and his apparently unnuanced and uncritical preference for Occam’s Razor in all cases.  Only in the final paragraph does he address the portion on the possibility of supernatural causes being acknowledged by science which we quoted yesterday. In what I present below from Pieret’s post… Read more

Daily Hilarity: “Mr. Deity and The Evil”

Dave’s posts on karma and on The Thinking Atheist’s very well made video on the problem of evil earlier tonight stirred some thoughts on the subject in me that I hope to sketch out at another time.  In the meantime, I felt like this is a good time to post one of the best Mr. Deity episodes—the one where he works out his plans for evil.  Enjoy (and think)! Read more

Is Karma Incompatible With Atheism?

An excellent question posed by a Scot, a reader at The Friendly Atheist. While Richard gives a fine answer supposing belief in a supernatural version of Karma, I find several of the comments interesting and more akin to the way I’ve used the term. Gary says: Actually, the word “karma” is sanskrit and simply means “action”. Actions have effects. In Hinduism and Buddhism, some actions have beneficial effects and others have detrimental effects. Effects of actions in the current incarnation… Read more

Invisible

The Thinking Atheist takes on an invisible God: Read more

Did You Know You Could Blog From The Airport?

I never dreamed of such a thing—but here I am doing it. Now if only I had something urgent to say that I could make a real post out of this. Nope, nothing’s coming to me.  So, I’ll just take this chance to thank everyone who reads this blog.  It’s been a blast seeing the hit totals the last 4 weeks and I really appreciate the time you spend reading the stuff Dave and I write.  Keep commenting and if… Read more

Further Towards A “Non-Moral” Standard Of Ethical Evaluation

In reply to a recent post, Tyler writes: Your definition of ethics and morality is well taken and allows for further interesting debate on culture and moral systems but it still requires assumption of benefit. Defining phrases like “fully flourishing life” and “most excellent characters we can develop” require a standard of evaluation which I think can only be based on our own morality. I see moral systems as tools– let’s say ladders. Of course you can evaluate a ladder… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Toby on “Revenge of the Nerds”

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Science And Supernatural Hypotheses, Present and Possible Future

Via PZ Myers, comes a long and recommendable argument by Sean Carroll on the philosophy of science and how scientific understanding of the world thus far precludes any room for miracles (thus making the religion and science incompatible).  Excerpted from the much longer article with interesting things on the philosophy of science which I recommend reading in full, here is his ending discussion of the possibility of the thesis that there are supernatural causes passing into science as a plausible… Read more

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