On some things that are not each other

Scott Alexander has a post up responding to Arthur Chu. Much of the post gives the impression that the argument between Scott and Arthur was mainly about Scott’s post on false rape accusations, whereas I think it’s pretty clear that Arthur has a much more general beef with Scott and the LessWrong community in general. [Read More...]

On some criticism of LessWrong

[Welcome Slate Star Codex readers!.] A friend of mine alerted to me a thread on Facebook where someone named Arthur Chu was making some criticisms of LessWrong, and of Scott Alexander in particular, which I suspect a lot of LessWrongers would dismiss out of hand, but which I’m extremely sympathetic to: I just find it [Read More...]

Why do Christian philosophers of religion believe?

Helen De Cruz writes (via Justin Schieber on Facebook): For several authors in Clark’s edited collection* (including Plantinga), the reasons for belief can be surmised as something like this “I’ve been brought up religiously. I’ve always liked religion. I like going to church, and the bible inspires me. I’ve had mentors who were Christian philosophers [Read More...]

Kris Komarnitsky’s Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection

Kris Komarnitsky, author of Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened In The Black Box?, just put out a second edition of the book. He asked me to help promote it, which I was happy to do because I think it’s a great book. Here’s the review I just posted on Amazon: I’m an atheist blogger who’s [Read More...]

When libertarians make me want to go full Social Justice Warrior

Usually, I dislike knee-jerk liberal demonization of libertarians. On stereotypical areas of liberal-libertarian convergence, many libertarian writers do great work. Such issues are sometimes labeled social issues, but that gives an overly-narrow impression of the range of issues we’re talking about here. On issues ranging from war to civil liberties to criminal justice to sex [Read More...]

My debate with Randal Rauser is out!

My debate with Randal Rauser on the rationality of theism is now out. I’m curious to read other people’s commentary on the debate, and will hold off on saying much until other people can get a chance to comment. I will note, though, that the debate ended up containing an unusually thorough discussion of the [Read More...]

Why voting for drug-warrior politicians is like voting for Hitler

I’m should be studying right now, but I just came across a target that was a little to easy to resist talking about: a Slate article that, among other things, attempts to explain “Why buying Cocaine is like donating to the Nazi party.” I don’t want to in any way minimize the horrors described in [Read More...]

Legacy sexism and superheroes

Here’s a post that’s been kicking around in my head for awhile, which I’m finally writing because I have some spare time over the holiday break: Lately within some segments of geekdom some people have been hoping really hard we’ll that soon we’ll get a superhero movie focused on a female superheroine. A major one, [Read More...]

I haz a tumblr

Here. [Read more...]


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