Bruce Schneier: get rid of secondary screenings at the airport

I had mixed feelings about Sam Harris’ endorsement of profiling at the airport. The rest of the blogosphere reaction was more uniformly negative, and when security expert Bruce Schneier wrote a rebuttal to Harris (which Harris posted on his own site), this was taken as a decisive refutation of Harris. But I think people have [Read More...]

From the archives: Re-reading Sam Harris’ The End of Faith

I linked to this post the other day. It inspired a good discussion thread when originally posted; here’s hoping it does so again. PS my comment about Seoul is really weird to re-read now that I live a half-hour’s drive from the city. Sam Harris seems to catch a special kind of flak among atheists. [Read More...]

From the archives: More on Luke’s endorsement of William Lane Craig

From May of last year. Discusses what it means to “win” a debate, and points out a number of dumb tactics Craig uses in his debates. Note that at the time I wrote it, I wasn’t totally happy with the use of the word “endorsement” in the title, and I’m still not sure what word [Read More...]

From the archives: The state of biblical scholarship, philosophy, and atheism

This was originally written in April of last year. It’s a response to a long question that I had gotten in a blog comment. Note that even though the question included a lot of mistaken assumptions, it was still a very useful springboard for writing a post, in part because it gave me an idea [Read More...]

From the archives: The Sam Harris-William Lane Craig debate

Hey y’all. Very happy to be now joining Freethought Blogs. I intend to write a full-up introductory post later, but for now, the best introduction I can give is to re-post a piece from my old blog to give people not familiar with that blog a taste of what they can expect here. Two pieces, [Read More...]


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