Jerry Coyne Blogs about Three Critical Reviews of Nagel’s Book

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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...]

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...]

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...]

Theism, Atheism, and Tragic Loss

This is the response by one Dennis Prager to an earlier article published in the NY times by Susan Jacoby:http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/337673/atheist-response-sandy-hook-dennis-prager# Does atheism offer less to those who mourn than theism? Let’s start by asking what theism has to offer. Well, naturally, there is the hope of eternal life, right? Surely, mourners are deeply comforted by the promise that their bereavement is only temporary and that they will be reunited in heaven … [Read more...]

Atheism and Intraorganizational Free Speech

That is the title of a 1996 essay by Michael Martin on the Secular Web. Martin concludes: The suppression of expressions not only has harmful results but is inconsistent with atheists' criticism of religion's suppression of speech. It also defeats what is in the atheistic organizations' own best interests. I conclude therefore that atheistic organizations should not suppress expression of opinion in their ranks unless such expressions are defamatory, seditious, invasive of privacy, or incitive … [Read more...]

Oxford Handbook of Atheism contents

Here's the contents list of a book coming out in about a year, with some chapters appearing online earlier. It should be interesting... The Oxford Handbook of Atheism[FINAL CONTENTS LIST]Editors: Stephen Bullivant (St Mary’s University College) and Michael Ruse (Florida State University)Introduction: The Study of Atheism – Stephen Bullivant (St Mary’s) and Michael Ruse (Florida State)Part 1: Definitions and Debates   … [Read more...]

Adversarial Communications between Theists and Nontheists

I think it's really unfortunate that some people are adversarial in their exchanges with people who do not share their views. In exchanges between theists and nontheists, I have seen people from both sides do this. Furthermore, the problem seems to be getting worse.I am not sure what to do about this other than try to raise awareness, especially of behavior that is verbally abusive (see here for categories.). Here are some examples. Feel free to post others in the combox, but please try to … [Read more...]


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