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...]

Vedanta Philosophy – Part 2

In my last post on the subject I introduced Advaita Vedanta (Hindu) ontology and the three categories of reality: necessary existence (sat), impossible existence (asat), and world-appearance (mithya).So where does God fit into this ontology? The Western concept of God is not something that can be projected onto the Vedanta system. For now, forget everything you've been told about the theistic God. Done? Good, let's proceed along logical lines and see where we end up. The "prime mover" (Brahman) … [Read more...]

Dawkins Supports Genocide?

There's a little kerfuffle in the blogosphere recently about Dawkins. No, not the Haggard video. As the LifeSite story reports, and several fringe abortion blogs have picked up and elaborated, Dawkins "advocates eugenics" and "says Nazi regime's genocidal project 'may not be bad'". The article goes on to quote other geneticists in a negative fashion in order to weave a science-fiction horror story of a future ruled by sterilization, eugenics, and genetic engineering.Of course if you read the … [Read more...]

Vedanta Philosophy

Over time I'd like to say a few things about important points in Vedanta (Hindu) philosophy. This is a neglected area not just among Western philosophers of religion but also among nonbelievers who are naturally curious and interested in what other religions have to say. And hopefully it will be something a little different and maybe even fun.[Disclaimer: I am not an academic expert! I have practiced yoga for several years now and I've read and studied Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Yogavashishta, and … [Read more...]

New Article on Relationship between Degree of Religious Belief and Societal Health

I've only skimmed this article, but I'm linking to it for others who might be interested. (Thanks to Charles Echelbarger for tipping me off to this.)LINK … [Read more...]


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