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...]

Real-world science in A Game of Thrones

I’ve been reading the Song of Ice and Fire series (A Game of Thrones to those watching it on HBO), and loving it (except for feeling some parts could’ve been cut to make it shorter). Among other things, I’ve slowly begun to suspect Martin did quite a bit of work to make certain parts of the book scientifically accurate, [Read More...]

Victor Stenger on William Lane Craig

A few months ago, I received a review copy of Victor Stenger’s God and the Folly of Faith. I meant to review it, but with other things I was working on it slipped through the cracks, and I never found time to read the thing all the way through. (Apologies to Dr. Stenger and Prometheus Books for [Read More...]

I moderate comments

I recently wrote a post where I explained why I moderate comments lightly. I do, however, have some rules (which I linked to in the post about moderating comments lightly). Here is an example of a comment I banned someone for last month: [Read more...]

Sam Harris on the Bible

No surprise that he doesn’t think much of it, but Harris has a number of eloquent bits on the Bible. Here’s one of them (via Facebook): [Read more...]

Lies, damned lies, and material conditionals

William Lane Craig claims that atheists agree with him that, “if the universe has an explanation of its existence, that explanation is God.” It seems to me a pretty clear example of Craig’s tendency to falsely claim his opponents agree with him, but there’s one way of defending Craig’s claim that I know occurred independently to both [Read More...]

Discussion: what’s the best way to deal with apologetics-spouting evangelists?

I got a question in a previous thread, typed out a quick response, and then realized this would be a good question to dedicate a thread to. First, the question: [Read more...]

There are no good arguments for the existence of God (complete)

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 “There are no good arguments for the existence of God.” (I had previously posted an incomplete [Read More...]


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