Archives for June 2013

Review: Man of Steel

I went into Man of Steel a little apprehensive. A lot of people I knew said they loved it, but a lot of the critics, apparently, hated it. But now that I’ve seen it, you can put me down firmly in the “loved it” column. [Read more…]

The ignorance and dishonesty of Christian apologetics, part 1: anti-evolutionism

I don’t think I’m going to be able to get through writing this post if I try to feign politeness, so let me start by saying that it’s long been clear to me that, in spite of his moderate views on some issues (relative to his fellow evangelicals, anyway) Christian apologist Randal Rauser is not [Read More…]

Russell Blackford on human enhancement

A couple weeks ago, I interviewed Australian philosopher Russell Blackford for the podcast that I’ve been trying to get started for awhile, but the recording didn’t turn out. However, I thought Russell had done a great job answering my questions, so I’m going to try to reproduce as much of the interview as possible from memory. [Read more…]

Academics are bad at warning the public about charlatans

I recently reread Eliezer Yudkowsky’s “Beware of Stephen J. Gould,” and the last paragraph in particular stuck out: And so as not to be accused of plagiarism myself, many others have said much of what I said here – only in politer academic language, with longer sentences, and without that specific example.  I thought it [Read More…]

Holy crap: “ex-gay” ministry apologizes and announces it is shutting down. What does this mean?

When I first heard via Hemant Mehta and Fred Clarke that the infamous “ex-gay” ministry had apologized to everyone it hurt and announced it was shutting down, I almost couldn’t belief it. What does it mean for the future of evangelicalism? [Read more…]

Intelligent design, creationism, and fundamentalism: a reply to Randal Rauser

Randal Rauser has posted my contribution to his “Why they don’t believe” series, along with his response. Here’s my response to his response: [Read more…]

Let’s talk about violent pornography

This is a post that came out of not knowing quite what to say when a certain topic comes up on the internet. I’ve been meaning to write it for months… and perhaps not surprisingly, I’ve been struggling to figure out what to say. But here it goes. [Read more…]

God or Godless: a review

When I asked Randal for a review copy God or Godless, I expected to be frustrated by his arguments. I didn’t expect to be frustrated by the format of the book–but that’s what happened. [Read more…]

Why I’m not quite a consequentialist (a reply to Scott)

Via this post, Scott Alexander has alerted me to the fact that he’s not only the author of a non-libertarian FAQ, but also the author of a consequentialist FAQ. I can’t believe I wasn’t aware of it before, but now I’m going to write a response. Let me start by saying that I agree with [Read More…]