WWITTMYLYF?

I have shared a thought experiment here before, one which I was actually introduced to here on this blog by a commenter almost a decade ago. It focuses on the question, “What would it take to make you lose your faith?” It came up here again relatively recently. And it is also one that IĀ use [Read More…]

Do You Want To Know The Truth?

Hemant Mehta shared a really useful thought experiment/discussion starter, which deserves to circulate widely. It is inspired by a newspaper column by Robert Kirby, and takes the form of a simple question: if there was a button that you could push, which would tell you definitively whether there is a God, and more specifically, whether [Read More…]

Mad Engineers

A friend shared this cartoon on Facebook. Given the importance of the caricature of the mad scientist in a lot of science fiction, often used to warn of the dangers of scientists “playing God,” the cartoon usefully highlights that the caricature does not fit well with the description of the individuals as scientists. Some fit, [Read More…]

The Great Pharyngulation Experiment

The Urban Dictionary defines the verb “Pharyngulate” as To crash an online poll by publishing its link so that large numbers of blog readers will make their opinions known there, often shifting the results dramatically. The term comes from the name of P. Z. Myers’ popular blog Pharyngula. As someone interested both professionally and personally [Read More…]