Archives for March 2013

How much trouble is Plantinga’s Free Will Defense in?

I’ve spent a fair amount of time arguing that the claim that Plantinga conclusively showed popular versions of the argument from evil do not work is problematic because (1) Plantinga assumes libertarian free will and (2) even if Plantinga showed that the existence of God is compatible with some bad choices, that doesn’t at all [Read More…]

Forever 35? Thoughts on a society of immortals

One of the challenges of writing speculative fiction (science fiction or fantasy) is that often, your characters are really fucking old and it can be hard to know what to do with that. [Read more…]

Introducing Bayes blogging: a review of Richard Carrier’s Proving History, part 1

I mean to be doing a lot of thinking about probability theory, Bayesianism, etc. over the course of the next few months, perhaps longer. And I’ll be blogging it. Thus begins a (probably irregular) series of posts that I’m going to dub “Bayes blogging,” because it sounds better than “probability blogging.” [Read more…]

PZ Myers on scientists vs. technicians (with philosophy!)

PZ Myers has a fascinating post up about a fiasco involving ENCODE, which PZ describes as “a body of very well funded, high ranking scientists working at prestigious institutions who are actively and obviously fitting the data to a set of unworkable theoretical presuppositions, and completely ignoring the rebuttals that are appearing at a rapid [Read More…]

Why I am an atheist: my response to a Patheos challenge

I got a message from my contact at Patheos saying: [Read more…]

Evo psych links

When I did my last open thread, someone asked for more on evolutionary psychology. I have at least one idea for a post I may write on the subject in the future when I have time, but for now, let me direct you to a couple really good evo psych links I’ve found recently. [Read more…]

We have a Token Skeptic!

Well, I’m pretty sure we’re all skeptics on the Patheos atheist channel, but I’d like to welcome Kylie Surgess and her blog Token Skeptic to Pathes! Kylie is a philosophy teacher in Australia and, among other things, the host of the long-running Token Skeptic podcast and a contributor to The Australian Book of Atheism. Go [Read More…]

From the archives: Gary Gutting on convictions and scientific beliefs

The final part of my review of Gary Gutting’s book What Philosopehrs Know, originally published in December 2010. [Read more…]

If philosophers agree on anything, it’s that there are no good arguments for the existence of God

Last month, a guest post by Landon at Butterflies and Wheels listed a number of issues, which, according to the Landon, “were largely settled through the work of people who were essentially, for their respective eras, professional philosophers”: [Read more…]