Materialists and dualists

There's an interesting blog-debate between skeptic Steven Novella and intelligent design proponent Michael Egnor. Both Egnor and Novella come from a neuroscience background, though Novella's materialism is by far the more scientifically mainstream view than Egnor's dualism.I am entirely in Novella's camp, I confess. The materialist position is continuous with the rest of science, is making steady progress, and occasionally comes up with surprising explanations rather than just rephrasing folk … [Read more...]

Reasonable Doubts interview part 1

I got interviewed by the Reasonable Doubts podcast while I was visiting CFI-Michigan last month. Part 1 of the interview, concerning Islam, is available online now.Reasonable Doubts seems to be an interesting program. It started last year, I hope it catches on. … [Read more...]

Another fundamentalist death sentence in Afghanistan

Nonbelievers have to put up with a good deal of nonsense in places where fundamentalist Christians have a lot of influence. But then, there are fundamentalist Muslim environments, where never mind outright nonbelief, you can get your life ruined just for exploring more liberal interpretations of Islam.Afghanistan, which Western powers "liberated," is at it again. According to the UK newspaper The Independent, Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, a journalism student, "was accused of blasphemy after he … [Read more...]

No Atheists on MySpace

According to the Secular Student Alliance, MySpace.com has deleted what was the largest atheist grouping in the world. They say this was "due largely to complaints from people who find atheism offensive."Interesting. I wonder what to make of this. Conservative Christians demonstrating that they can be as nasty as conservative Muslims? The very existence of active nonbelievers being threatening to some people? Some religious people deciding they need to be more aggressive in the culture war? … [Read more...]


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