The Argument from Silence, Part 8: The Missing Links Argument against Biological Evolution

I began this series with a Bayesian interpretation of arguments from silence and then proceeded to use that interpretation to evaluate various arguments from silence about Jesus and God. In this post, I want to assess an argument from silence that is extremely popular with anti-evolutionists, an argument I call the "missing links" argument.If we abbreviate "the fossil record does not contain any transitional fossils" as S, let B represent our background knowledge, and let E represent e … [Read more...]

Stupid Apologetics Tricks

Here are some stupid apologetics tricks I've come across lately in things I've been reading. Feel free to add your own in the combox. If I like it enough, I may just add yours to the list!Stupid Apologetics Trick #1:(1) Really crappy debaters used stupid arguments and objections against H. (2) Therefore, H is true.Stupid Apologetics Trick #2:(1) H is true. (2) Therefore, H is true.Stupid Apologetics Trick #3:Step 1. Literally ignore all of the evidence for X . Step 2. … [Read more...]

Sean B. Carroll’s List of 6 Arguments Used by Science Denialists

I finally found what I was looking for. Sean B. Carroll, the noted evolutionary biologist, author, and vice-president for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, delivered a presentation at a 2012 conference on science denialism. He listed 6 arguments employed by science denialists that could be applied to almost any subject. They come from Carroll's book The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution.The six listed arguments were to: 1) Cast … [Read more...]

Daniel Fincke: Dear Fellow Atheists, STOP Saying Christians Believe God is a Bearded Man in the Sky. They Don’t.

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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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