Answering Greta: My Goals As An Atheist Writer

In order to deal with the questions of whether we should argue with religious believers or insult and mock religions, Greta Christina raised question of what the atheist movement should be aiming at. If we adequately define our goals, then we can assess what is or is not counter-productive to achieving them. I agree with Greta [Read More...]

Qualia Soup On Faith and William Lane Craig Arguments For God’s Existence

Qualia Soup’s first new video in months (and it’s terrific as usual).  He takes apart entirely the notion that we can have knowledge of anything supernatural. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Atheist Testimonials In The Detroit Free Press

Mojoey, the founder and curator of the Atheist Blogroll to which we owe great gratitude, points us to a great series running in The Detroit Free Press in which atheists give their testimonials. Here’s the one Mojoey highlighted yesterday: I was at work when someone brought up that I am an atheist.A nearby coworker nearly [Read More...]

Naturalism As True By Definition

Jason Streitfeld weighs in on the question of naturalism or supernaturalism, treated by Sean Carroll here, John Pieret here, and Shane and me in these this post and then this one. Streitfeld’s post is excellent so read it in full. Scientists do not rely on any notion of the supernatural to formulate their conception of [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 [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

Qualia Soup: “It *could* just be coincidence”

Two days ago I posted a link to a terrific radio show on highly unlikely events and the fascinating randomness at work even on the cellular levels of existence.  If you haven’t listened to it and you’re not well-versed in statistics already, I recommend taking the time, it’s really good. Thinking about that radio clip, [Read More...]

The Case For Naturalism (And A Great Take On The Practical Import Of Descartes)

Solid Video, the first ~5 minutes are a great little take on the practical uses of Cartesian reasoning and then the case is made for restricting our claims to naturalistic ones. Overall, he makes an interesting case against the word “atheism” and, more importantly, a crucial case against the misleading notion that atheism is a [Read More...]

Against Faith and In Defense of Naturalism and Induction

It should not be necessary for understanding this post, but in case you’d like to catch up on the full debate with Camels With Hammer Reader/Debate Spar Extraordinaire Shane leading up to this post, here are the previous installments: Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellecuals 1 Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals 2 Objections to [Read More...]


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