Hostility of the Universe to Life: Understated Evidence about Cosmic Fine-Tuning?

I've blogged before about the fallacy of understated evidence. Here I want to explore further how it applies to fine-tuning arguments.Let us define the "general fact of cosmic 'fine-tuning'" as follows.FT: some universe or other has the initial conditions, laws, and constants which make the existence of complex intelligent life of some sort possible. Even if we assume that so-called cosmic "fine-tuning" is evidence favoring theism over naturalism, that argument commits the fallacy of … [Read more...]

Ryan Stringer on Nonbelief and Hope

Here is the abstract for Stringer’s new paper published on The Secular Web: Many people hold on to supernatural beliefs because they feel that certain psychological needs could not be met without them--in particular, they feel that they would not be able to have any hope without such beliefs. However, nonbelief need not be the "recipe for despair" that it is often assumed to be; in fact, not only can it leave ample room for hope, but it can help people hope in a realistic, psychologically h … [Read more...]

Another Example of Theistic Mind Reading: Mark Driscoll Says Obama Isn’t a Christian

Here is a link to Hemant Mehta’s post at Friendly Atheist. … [Read more...]

In Conversation with Richard Dawkins

Location: Sheldonian Theatre Friday, February 15th, 7:30Professor Dawkins and philosopher Stephen Law discuss the major issues of import to humanists and atheists at a time when opposition to rationalist thought appears to be on the rise.Other Oxford THINK week events here. Tickets on sale though the above sold out. I am also chairing the Wednesday 13th event "Do you fear death, or dying?" 7pm. … [Read more...]

If There Is No God, Then Why Do So Many People Believe in God?

A reader recently asked me this question. I was raised Catholic and even as a child I just couldn't believe that if there was a God who created the universe and, by extension, us, that He wouldn't expect us to use our brain to reason and learn was was real and unreal.  My major concern, I guess, is that so very many educated, intelligent, and respected people claim to believe.  Why do they believe when I don't?? What am I missing?  Or perhaps, what are they missing?  I'm … [Read more...]

Prometheus Books strikes distribution deal with Random House

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Call for Papers

While I am blogging about the Internet Infidels, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that I.I. is always interested in publishing new essays on The Secular Web. Our “Call for Papers” page lists essays and book reviews we would especially like to publish, but if you are interested in writing on another topic, please let me know. … [Read more...]

Internet Infidels Board of Directors

I just rejoined the Internet Infidels Board of Directors for the first time in 8-10 years. We are looking for a couple of more people to join the Board. If you are interested, please respond to the post and I will contact you off-line. … [Read more...]


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