Help Needed: Looking for Old Link on Themes among Science Deniers

I remember a few years ago there was a link posted on this blog, possibly by me, to an off-site article talking about themes in the arguments used by people who deny science. But I cannot find it, even when I manually go through old posts. Does this ring a bell? … [Read more...]

The Carrier-Barnes Exchange on Fine-Tuning

Reader GGDFan77 asked me for my thoughts on the exchange between Dr. Richard Carrier, who I respect and consider a friend, and Dr. Luke Barnes regarding fine-tuning arguments. I initially responded in a series of comments in the combox for my post about Hugh Ross's estimates for the probability of life-permitting prebiotic conditions. But those turned out to be so lengthy that I think the topic deserves its own dedicated post. Here's some brief context for readers not familiar with the … [Read more...]

The Philosophical Disquisitions Journal Club

One of my favorite blogs, Philosophical Disquisitions, just announced the Philosophical Disquisitions Journal Club. Essentially, it will work like any normal academic journal club wherein academic papers are read and critically analysed and discussed by a group of interested people. So every month a paper will be nominated (by me or someone else), those who are interested can read the paper, and then join in a discussion about it here on the blog. You can even join in if you haven't read the … [Read more...]

Sketch of an Argument from Substance Dualism to the Falsity of Classical Theism

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How Hugh Ross Calculates the Improbability of Life on Earth due to Chance Alone

As someone who knows a thing or two about probability, I've always wanted to dive into the technical details for how proponents of cosmic fine-tuning arguments justify the probability estimates associated with such arguments. Along those lines, I just found this page on Hugh Ross's¬†Reasons to Believe¬†website: Probability for Life on Earth (APR 2004) Ross arrives at the conclusion that the probability of life on earth, conditional upon the hypothesis that it arose by chance alone, is 1 in … [Read more...]

Index: Larry Arnhart on the Case For (and Against) Life After Death

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Near Death Experiences Part 3: Kantian Dualism Part 4: Neuroscience, Consciousness, and Free Will Part 5: Does Morality Require the Cosmic Justice of Heaven and Hell? … [Read more...]

Perceptronium and Consciousness as a State of Matter

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WLC’s Debate Quotation of Anthony Kenny

Here is WLC's quotation of Kenny: A proponent of the Big Bang Theory, at least if he is an atheist, must believe that the universe came from nothing and by nothing. And here is a critique: LINK … [Read more...]