Infidel publishing in Turkey

The publisher of the Turkish translation of Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion might run into trouble, due to an obnoxious Turkish law against insulting religious sentiments.Since I have a Turkish background, and I have written books critical of supernaturalism in general and Islam in particular, I often get questions about whether my stuff will get translated and published in Turkey. I've generally figured no. Mainly because I've made some inquiries, and it seems to hard to get a publisher to … [Read more...]

Quantum magic

One unfortunate consequence of being a physicist is that occasionally someone inclined toward New Age spirituality will tell me "how nice, I'm very interested in quantum physics, as a matter of fact." Even worse possibilities lie in wait if I happen to mention that I teach quantum mechanics, because invariably, the reason for this deep interest turns out to be that this person has read something newagey and laced with quantum mysticism. Quantum physics, they think, validates magic, gives the … [Read more...]

Whence Physical Laws?

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, physicist and Templeton Laureate Paul Davies revisits an age-old question:"The most refined expression of the rational intelligibility of the cosmos is found in the laws of physics, the fundamental rules on which nature runs. The laws of gravitation and electromagnetism, the laws that regulate the world within the atom, the laws of motion — all are expressed as tidy mathematical relationships. But where do these laws come from? And why do they have the f … [Read more...]

GOD AND THE “LAWS OF LOGIC”

Taner’s post on the argument that the “laws of logic” require a transcendent ground (i.e., God) understandably dismissed that argument. It is silly. However, it is the kind of silliness that has just enough of a plausible ring to it to give it rhetorical impetus. So, to prevent it from doing mischief, it is good to point out its fallacies. Here is the quote Taner gave from creationist Jason Lisle:Laws of logic are God’s standard for thinking. Since God is an unchanging, sovereign, immaterial Bein … [Read more...]

Establishing liberal religion?

Some intelligent design proponents have begun to object to the way the relationship between biological evolution and religion is presented, when public funds and institutions afre involved. Their argument is that when defenders of evolution argue that evolution presents no challenge to religion, they favor liberal over conservative religon. This is not religiously neutral.Intelligent design proponents at the Discovery Institute are now objecting to how PBS is handling things:The PBS teaching … [Read more...]

New Chick Tract

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L’AFFAIRE FLEW

Was Tony Flew’s “conversion” book ghost written by a religious apologist? It wouldn’t surprise me at all. Pious frauds and forgeries have a long history, dating back at least to the Donation of Constantine. But, really, what does it matter if Flew did convert to some form of deistic belief? Many atheists, including yours truly, were once devout Christians. Of course, being less famous than Flew, we have less propaganda value, but the fact remains that conversions go both ways. Suppose, for the sa … [Read more...]

Talks in the Los Angeles area

I'll be giving two talks on "Science and Religion in Islam" in the Los Angeles area, on Sunday November 18. See the CFI-Los Angeles web site for more details. … [Read more...]


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