God gave me a gift? Bullshit

Via Facebook: [Read more...]

Apparently, PZ didn’t read Sandberg and Bostrom very carefully

So… when I first read PZ’s recent post on uploading, it wasn’t quite clear what his objections were, but I thought maybe he had some good points. But reading his responses in the comments thread, it quickly becomes clear that while PZ claims to have read Sandberg and Bostrom’s paper, he must not have read [Read More...]

Clarifications on uploading

PZ has written a reply to my post on brain uploading. I think he gets some things definitely wrong, but in this post, I just want to make a few clarifications that I should have made in my original post: [Read more...]

Weekend recap

This week, I continued my series on arguments for the existence of God. The most popular post this week was “Why atheists don’t think the Bible is historically reliable.” The series also included a post on Aquinas’ five ways and other classic arguments, as well as an aside on the connection between arguments for the [Read More...]

“The Singularity” and why the world will change more than (almost?) anyone can imagine in the next century or two

This post is apropos of nothing, aside from being something I wish were more widely understood. It has to do with AI and uploading and “the Singularity” (a confusing term that can actually mean several different things). I’m going to focus on uploading because in some ways it’s the most straightforward thing. [Read more...]

Internet flamewars explained by SCIENCE!

Well, not exactly, but while I was reading Steven Pinker’s excellent book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, I came across a section that, while not directly about the internet, seems to explain a lot some of the things that happen here. [Read more...]

Why atheists don’t think the Bible is historically reliable

I’m almost ready to start talking about some modern arguments that many people would say are better than O’Reilly’s or van Inwagen’s. But before I do that, I need to say a little bit about the Bible. [Read more...]

An aside on religious freedom and arguments for the existence of God

After what I said about Aquinas and Clarke in my previous post, you might be thinking something like this about them, “While their arguments aren’t very convincing to us today, they were at least good arguments in the context they were given, at a time when more people shared the assumptions behind the arguments.” [Read more...]

Richard Carrier on overpopulation, technology, and the Pope

I was reading an old essay by Richard Carrier, and stumbled accross this gem: [Read more...]


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