On Complaints About “Militant Atheism”

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Daily Hilarity: Mr. Deity Explains Why Jesus Rode Into Jerusalem On A Donkey

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Stochasticity

Secular Right recommends this cool Radiolab episode about our purpose-seeking minds. The show is broken into three distinct segments and they get progressively more novel, scientific territory beyond simple Statistics 101 stuff (even though I think most of us need to have Statistics 101 drilled into us on a daily basis!) [Read more...]

Modernity? Pre-Modernity? Post-Modernity

Even though I just wrote an article trying to characterize “modernity” (and defend it), I think that all the claims that we are post-modern and all the pining for the pre-modern make me feel like Alan Jacobs in this piece: So when people tell me that they want to recover the wisdom of the pre-modern, [Read More...]

Information Avoidance

Ars technica considers an analysis of how our beliefs determine the information we allow ourselves to be exposed to: Analysis of the studies shows that people are almost two times more likely to select information that is congenial to their current beliefs and behaviors than they are to pick information that opposes them. That is [Read More...]

If Faith Isn’t Publicly Justifiable, How Can It Provide Justification At All?

Chris’s reply to part 2 of my series of objections to religious moderates and intellectuals: For the purposes of this post, I will identify two claims which many Christians accept (and which I understand you do not): (1) that the central claims of Christianity are true, and (2) that faith, properly understood, is a justified [Read More...]

A Mathematician At The “Creation Museum”

Jason Rosenhouse relates his experience: Very frustrating, but entirely typical for creationists. They have a single intuition, that functional systems do not evolve gradually by undirected processes. Virtually all of their scientific arguments are based on attaching poorly understood jargon to that intuition. They have no real understanding even of what the questions are, much [Read More...]

Wikipedia Is Written By Bitter Losers

Nicholas Carr on “sour Wikipedians”: In their report on the results of the study, the scholars paint a picture of Wikipedians as social maladapts who “feel more comfortable expressing themselves on the net than they do off-line” and who score poorly on measures of “agreeableness and openness.” Noting that the findings seem in conflict with [Read More...]

Religion in the US Military

A report from Al-Jazeera English “We’re government paid missionaries when we leave here.” [Read more...]


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