Daring to state the obvious: the dark side of sacred scripture

The following is a draft excerpt from chapter 3 of my forthcoming book, Angry Atheists?: Why the Backlash Against Dawkins, Harris, And the Rest Is Silly. One of the clearest examples of religious privilege is this: no one would think it rude to describe an overt racist or tract as “hate-filled.” That’s just being accurate. [Read More...]

Angry Atheists?: Why the Backlash Against Dawkins, Harris, and the Rest Is Silly (Contents)

This is a post for keeping track of everything I’ve written as part of my “beta testing a book project.” It will be updated whenever I add a post to the series. Bullet points under the link to a chapter are excerpts from the chapter in blog post form. [Read more...]

A writer’s rant about reading difficulty

I find the framing on this newstory insultingly stupid, which is ironic because it’s about the alleged stupidity of Congress. The story is that the level of sophistication that our congresscritters speak at has dropped a full grade level since 2005, and freshmen Republicans have the lowest level. My reaction to this is Go freshmen [Read More...]

Privacy is awesome

That’s the name of a new, anti-CISPA campaign (HT: Cory Doctorow). I just e-mailed my Senators. Go do that now, or better yet call them (something that’s tricky for me living out of the country, but which I may do later). This text from the page really resonated with me: [Read more...]

Beta testing a book: In Defense of Arguing About Religion

This chapter is a work in progress, but I promised to post it today and I think the first few sections are solid. Again, this chapter is very weird to write, because I’m going on at length about things that feel very basic to me, please at least one person read it and tell me [Read More...]

Looking for examples of Jewish groups taking offense at things Christians have said about Jews.

The this week’s chapter from the my book beta-test was intended to have a brief discussion of Christian-Jewish relations, but on re-reading what I initially wrote, I began to wonder whether my take was quite accurate, and also got worried about a lack of good examples of what I had in mind. Instead of posting [Read More...]

The Big Bad Dawkins Quote

It occurred to me that I could spin off small sections from the book I’m writing into blog posts. Giving people 6,000 words to read at once is kind of a burden, so it’s really in my interest to break things down into more digestible pieces. Also, in this particular case, taken from chapter 2, [Read More...]

Jason Rosenhouse on philosophical turf guarding

Much of the silliness of philosophers is confined to the ivory tower, but Jason Rosenhouse has a very good summary of one of the main ways philosophers manage to be annoying when trying to bring their “philosophical expertise” to public debates: [Read more...]

Moral theory isn’t as helpful as many people think

I actually have some nice things to say about moral theory, but I’m saving them for another post because I’ve been kept up late doing other things, and a purely negative post is easier to dash off late at night. Let me begin by quoting a great bit from Eliezer Yudkowsky: [Read more...]


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