Archives for December 2006

Kuo Counters

Interesting counterattack by David Kuo against Focus on the Family's hit job against his book. … [Read more...]

From Keith Augustine: There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so

I recently watched an excellent interview-style debate between professional philosophers over the objectivity (or lack thereof) of moral propositions such as "Murder is wrong." The program, "No Dogs or Philosophers Allowed," discussed the issue in an episode titled "Beyond Morality," named after a book by one of the guests, Richard Garner out of Ohio State University.I was vaguely aware of Garner's book at the time, and so knew who Garner was by reputation. (I've subsequently learned that his … [Read more...]

From Keith Augustine: Does Consciousness Depend on the Brain?

Chris Carter has recently posted an article challenging the idea that consciousness depends (for its very existence) on the brain. I've read it carefully and am underwhelmed. I have two general comments.First, though Carter summarizes the evidence for mind-brain dependence well in the beginning, he has merely asserted--and comes nowhere near demonstrating--that William James' "transmissive hypothesis" (a variant of what Paul Edwards' called "the instrument theory," the notion that the brain is … [Read more...]

Number of Atheists Worldwide

ReligionFacts.com has a chart on their site, "The Big Religion Chart," summarizing the major "religions / sects / groups / philosophies / belief systems." Atheism is included in the chart and is listed as having 1.1 billion adherents worldwide. I'm virtually certain that this number is wildly overstated. The only way they can come up with a number that big is to include everyone who says they are "nonreligious." The problem with that approach, of course, is that a person can be "nonreligious" … [Read more...]


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