Wow, Mitt Romney really does hate poor people

I’m not normally the type to talk about how Republicans hate poor people. I have personal acquaintances with conservative/libertarian views on economic policy, and while I may disagree with them, I think they sincerely believe the policies they advocate would be best for the country as a whole, the poor included. In at least one case (a [Read More...]

Richard Carrier and Luke Muehlhauser on time to superhuman AI

A few weeks ago my new boss, Luke Muehlhauser, did an AMA on Reddit. I highly recommend this post by Geek Dad for a full summary, but one thing that stuck out is when Luke said, “I have a pretty wide probability distribution over the year for the first creation of superhuman AI, with a [Read More...]

Ten days to FREEDOM!

As I mentioned in my introductory post, I’m currently in the process of switching jobs from English teacher –> researcher for the Singularity Institute. That process will be fini in another ten days. Blogging won’t be my top priority, working for the Singularity Institute will be, but I’ll likely have more time to blog then. [Read more...]

William Lane Craig defends Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments

Readers  Reginald Selkirk and Brad alerted me to the fact that William Lane Craig defended Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape.” (If the video doesn’t work, try the link to the audio below it.) [Read more...]

The ignorance and absurdity of the champions of left-wing theology

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book in progress, and also a follow up to this post. It should be obvious by now that it’s possible to believe in a god in the sense that most people mean without being a fundamentalist. Thomas Paine is one example of a person who did exactly that. [Read More...]

The Bible commands slavery

It’s widely known that the Bible contains many passages which seem to implicitly condone slavery. For example, Exodus 21, which gives various rules for slavery including the rule that Hebrew slaves are to be freed after six years, or the infamous law from Leviticus that says you can only own foreigners as slaves. Then there [Read More...]

Do atheists (and agnostics) write the best books on arguments for the existence of God?

And I don’t just mean because they’re right. My recent exchange with Leah Libresco had me thinking that I should include in The Book some advice for people looking to really dig in to the literature on arguments for the existence of God. Nothing fancy, maybe just recommending a few general texts like Graham Oppy’s Arguing [Read More...]

Bible tweets: Joshua through Pslams

The number of tweets/chapter is much lower here, because honestly the Bible gets boring after the Torah. Yeah, there’s lots of juicy violence, but it’s not even all that shocking once you’ve read the Torah, since it’s really just carrying out the commands to commit genocide found in those earlier books. [Read more...]

My book & the Catholic Church (re: Leah Libresco)

Leah Libresco was kind enough to link my blog after I made the move to Patheos, and gave a shout out to my “beta testing a book” project: [Read more...]


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