Would you bet your life on your philosophy of mind?: Some thoughts on uploading

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The overall reaction to this thread was not quite what I was hoping for, but I’m going to press ahead with some thoughts on consciousness anyway. Specifically, I want to talk about how the problem of consciousness relates to the issue of uploading. [Read more...]

A bit of philosophy of mind: do these quotes on consciousness make sense to you?

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Whenever I open a thread for people to tell me what to write about, it seems someone always brings up consciousness. In fact, that was the very first comment on yesterday’s open thread. [Read more...]

Hirsch numbers for… err… various people

This post was originally going to be titled “Hirsch numbers for theologians,” but I got a little carried away checking Hirsch numbers for people in different fields and now it’s just “Hirsch numbers for various people.” The original intent, though, was to check something that’s been bugging me about chapter two of the book: are the theologians [Read More...]

I’m a liberal

This is a post I keep meaning to write, but keep putting off writing because it isn’t tied to any particular events and therefore isn’t time-sensitive. But increasingly, I’m finding I wish I had it written and out there so I can refer back to it in other posts more narrowly focused on particular events [Read More...]

In praise of boring claims

Leah Libresco is doing a series of posts on Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell. Her two most recent posts (out of three) both seem to make this complaint about Dennett: many of his claims are rather boring (to imperfectly condense the critiques into bumper-sticker form). The first of the two takes aim at this paragraph from Dennett: [Read more...]

Popular atheism

The following is an excerpt from my book in progress. My next point is one I have to address because I need a better way to talk about Dawkins, Harris, and the rest than by calling them, “Dawkins, Harris, and the rest.” What’s important about them, beyond their atheism? [Read more...]

Documenting William Lane Craig’s lies about his opponents: a reply to Jeff Lowder

I thought I was done writing about William Lane Craig, but Jeffery Jay Lowder has done two posts challenging my claim that Craig is dishonest. Reading Jeff’s posts makes me think that in my series on Craig, I was trying to do too many things at once: take down his arguments, expose his dishonesty, do it all in a relatively [Read More...]

Kalam III: The very brief part that actually argues for God

Now that I’ve argued that Craig has no good arguments for premise (2) of Kalam (at least not reasons he can consistently use without also ruling out God as an explanation for the universe’s beginning),  I could move on to the next argument. But I think Craig’s arguments for the claim that the cause of the universe is [Read More...]


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