Popular atheism

The following is an excerpt from my book in progress. My next point is one I have to address because I need a better way to talk about Dawkins, Harris, and the rest than by calling them, “Dawkins, Harris, and the rest.” What’s important about them, beyond their atheism? [Read more...]

What exactly is metaphysics?

A reader writes: If you had the time, I wanted to request a topic on philosophy as it relates to apologetics.  I’m hoping you could answer: “What exactly is metaphysics? [Read more...]

Gangnam? I’ve been there

It’s bad form to brag, but this is too good not to brag about: Apparently, the South Korean pop song “Gangnam Style” has crossed over to being a huge hit in the US. “Gangnam” refers to a neighborhood in Seoul–one I’ve been to. When I get back to the US in 6 months, I’ll have [Read More...]

Discussion: what has your local atheist group done for you?

I have a confession to make: it’s been more than a year since I’ve been to the meeting of any atheist group. I occasionally get e-mails from people saying they’re coming to Korea soon and want to know about atheist groups here, and I have to tell them I have no idea about them. [Read more...]

Angry Atheists? chapter 10: William Lane Craig exposed

So I’m doing this project where I’m writing a book, and when I finish a draft of a chapter, I post it for anyone to read for free using Google Docs. I’ve just finished putting together the chapter titled “William Lane Craig exposed.” (I had previously posted an incomplete version of the chapter.) Read it here. [Read more...]

Romney/Ryan concede women’s right to control their bodies matters

Just noticed this post on Ed’s blog noting that Ryan has flip-flopped on abortion in cases of rape, and the campaign has now announced, “A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.” I just want to note that this is, in effect, a concession of the key pro-choice point that women’s right [Read More...]

Will Craig’s Christian fans admit he’s made some godawful arguments?

I’m almost done putting together my chapter for The Book on William Lane Craig, but as I was writing it, something occurred to me: have any of Craig’s Christian fans ever admitted that yes, Craig has made some godawful arguments? Something like, “Craig is a good philosopher, and his Kalam cosmological argument is an important contribution to philosophy, so [Read More...]

Why this election matters

Here’s something I just hammered out on Facebook in response to a friend posting a link to a spoof of election rhetoric: [Read more...]

Working for the Singularity Institute

So an update on my life: I’m back from vacation, but now that I’m back I’m starting a sideline helping out the Singularity Institute as a remote researcher (see my previous post on why you should consider donating to them). The work they’re having me do is really cool: basically, help research a paper tracking [Read More...]


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