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PSA: This Easter, please remember to fact-check before sharing or retweeting

Hey everyone, see this image? The claims it makes are bullshit. As you could find out with literally a minute on Google or Wikipedia: The modern English term Easter, cognate with modern German Ostern, developed from the Old English word Ēastre or Ēostre.[nb 2] This is generally held to have originally referred to the name [Read More...]

I’ve read Draper’s paper, and I am puzzled

On Monday, Justin Schieber of Reasonable Doubts tweeted his endorsement of Paul Draper’s argument from moral agency for the existence of God: Draper, an agnostic philosopher, has given BY FAR THE STRONGEST argument for theism. Read a great summary here: http://t.co/SsItkfTa95 — Justin Schieber ofRD (@Justinsweh) April 7, 2014 If you think there are no [Read More...]

William Lane Craig rationalizes his lie about Ehrman

In the past, I’ve documented William Lane Craig’s repeated lies about Bart Ehrman—namely his attempts to cite Ehrman as a skeptical scholar who accepts the “facts” Craig uses in his argument for the resurrection of Jesus. For years, Craig has been quoting from a 2003 lecture Ehrman gave as if it represented his current views, [Read More...]

Why I’m cool with what happened to Brendan Eich

So: it came out that Brendan Eich, who had been CTO of the Mozilla Corporation (the folks behind the Firefox web browser) had donated $1,000 to support California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state. This roughly coincided with Eich’s promotion to CEO, and provoked an outcry, with outsiders talking about a boycott [Read More...]

Philosopher’s Carnival March 2014

Welcome to the 161st edition of the Philosopher’s Carnival! Here are this month’s submissions… Enigman has a post on the ancient philosophical problem of vagueness. Brock Rough has a post at Aesthetics For Birds explaining why video games in art museums still aren’t art. Marcus Arvan summarizes an article he wrote proposing a new theory of free will which he [Read More...]

Leah Libresco: social conservatives are becoming irrelevant

Atheist-turned-Catholic blogger Leah Libresco has a new gig working for the American Conservative magazine, and she’s produced some fascinating reporting on the 2014 CPAC convention, including a piece titled “Social Cons in Retreat at CPAC” It might be a tradition that every year that GOProud is excluded as a CPAC sponsor, there will be a [Read More...]

How much you like someone is a poor predictor of their ethical behavior

It’s been observed that subcultures have this problem where conflicts within the subculture tend to devolve into popularity contests, even if they’re officially someone else. Everyone involved may claim they’re taking a principle stand, but somehow the more popular person ends up crushing the less popular person the vast majority of the time. This is [Read More...]

On some things that are not each other

Scott Alexander has a post up responding to Arthur Chu. Much of the post gives the impression that the argument between Scott and Arthur was mainly about Scott’s post on false rape accusations, whereas I think it’s pretty clear that Arthur has a much more general beef with Scott and the LessWrong community in general. [Read More...]

My blogging on LessWrong (will be updated)

Here is a complete list of my posts on LessWrong, both “Main” and “Discussion,” starting with the most recent. The list of just “Main” posts, by upvotes, is as follows (upvotes in parentheses, * indicates a promoted post): [Read more...]

On some criticism of LessWrong

[Welcome Slate Star Codex readers!.] A friend of mine alerted to me a thread on Facebook where someone named Arthur Chu was making some criticisms of LessWrong, and of Scott Alexander in particular, which I suspect a lot of LessWrongers would dismiss out of hand, but which I’m extremely sympathetic to: I just find it [Read More...]

Why do Christian philosophers of religion believe?

Helen De Cruz writes (via Justin Schieber on Facebook): For several authors in Clark’s edited collection* (including Plantinga), the reasons for belief can be surmised as something like this “I’ve been brought up religiously. I’ve always liked religion. I like going to church, and the bible inspires me. I’ve had mentors who were Christian philosophers [Read More...]

Kris Komarnitsky’s Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection

Kris Komarnitsky, author of Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened In The Black Box?, just put out a second edition of the book. He asked me to help promote it, which I was happy to do because I think it’s a great book. Here’s the review I just posted on Amazon: I’m an atheist blogger who’s [Read More...]