Cosmos Reboot with Neil deGrasse Tyson

The TV series Cosmos (of Carl Sagan fame) has been rebooted, this time with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as the host.What do Intelligent Design (ID) theorists have to say about it? Here's Uncommon Descent's review. (TL;DR: they're unhappy with the "materialistic message.")Did you watch it? If so, let us know what you thought in the comments below! … [Read more...]

Follow @SecularOutpost on Twitter

If you're the kind of person who uses Twitter, please follow at @SecularOutpost. Also, while you're at it, you should also follow these:@Justinweh (Justin Schieber of Reasonable Doubts)@JohnDanaher (John Donaher of Philosophical Disquisitions)@exapologist (This is Ex-Apologist of the, you guessed it, Ex-Apologist blog) … [Read more...]

Richard Swinburne on Aquinas’s First Way

Aquinas's first way is sometimes said to be a version of the cosmological argument, but it does not count as one on my definition of a cosmological argument, since it argues not from the existence of physical objects, but from change in them. It claims in effect that, given that there are physical objects, change in them is so surprising that we need to invoke God as its source. I cannot see that change in them is so surprising that we need to invoke God as its source. Given the existence of … [Read more...]

The Courtier’s Reply as Post-Theistic Attitude, Not Fallacy

Sam Sawyer, SJ, a fellow a Patheos blogger over at the new blog The Jesuit Post (in Patheos's Catholic Channel) recently plugged the exchange between Edward Feser and Keith Parsons. (Thanks!) I'd like to return the favor by plugging a post on his blog: "Not Even Wrong: Answering the New Atheism with Better Belief, Not Better Arguments." The post provides a Jesuit perspective on the 'New Atheism,' which is well worth a read.In a featured comment, Sawyer mentions his experience of being … [Read more...]

New Paper on the Secular Web by Clifford Greenblatt: David Chalmers’ Principle of Organizational Invariance and the Personal Soul

Abstract: David Chalmers argues that conscious experience is a real but nonphysical feature of nature. However, he also believes that all particular facts about any conscious experience supervene (naturally, but not logically) on physical facts, such that physical facts fully determine any conscious experience. His principle of organizational invariance goes even further to claim that fine-grained functional organization fully determines any conscious experience (naturally, but not logically). … [Read more...]

The Argument from Silence, Part 7: Victor Stenger on the Absence of Scientific Evidence for God

In this post, I want to revisit an argument from silence used by Victor Stenger against the existence of God based on the absence of scientific evidence for God.In his 2010 debate with William Lane Craig, Stenger argued that "the absence of evidence for God is evidence of absence" of God. In his words, "If God plays such an active role in the universe, then his actions should surely have been observed by now." As I understood him, he offered four examples of scientific evidence which could … [Read more...]

New Paper by Taner Edis: “Beyond Physics”

From Taner Edis:I have been working, on and off, on a paper with Maarten Boudry concerning physicalism and the prospects of detecting nonphysical agents.Well, it’s been published, and I thought others on the list might want to take a look, since it concerns supernatural agency and design arguments but approaches these questions from an unusual perspective.Springer is making an e-offprint available for four weeks. Grab it if you like. … [Read more...]

Sean Carroll’s 11 Lines of Evidence for Naturalism over Theism

This is my attempt to summarize the slides from Sean Carroll's recent debate with WLC where he very quickly skimmed through eleven (11) lines of evidence which favor naturalism over theism. I don't claim this is perfectly accurate; any corrections would be welcome and, in fact, appreciated!Facet Theism (Theistic Prediction) Naturalism (Naturalistic Prediction) Lowder's CommentsAmount of Tuning Just Enough Sometimes too much (e.g., entropy). A natural mechanism could incredibly … [Read more...]


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