Correction to chpt 2 of Believing Bullshit

Here's an endnote I am adding to a chapter I am contributing to the upcoming Handbook on Humanism (edited by AC Grayling and Andrew Copson [Wiley Blackwell publisher]). I now realize I got something wrong in chapter 2 of my book Believing Bullshit, so might as well set the record straight publicly. Here's the endnote of the chapter I am now writing for the new book [n.b. YEC = Young Earth Creationism]: Elsewhere I have said that because Ken Ham’s theory makes no predictions – … [Read more...]

Event June 8th UK: Can Science Solve Every Mystery?

Centre for Inquiry UK and Conway Hall presentCan science solve every mystery? A scientist, a philosopher and a Christian discuss.Peter Atkins, David Papineau, Peter S. WilliamsCan science answer every question? Should scientists show a little humility and acknowledge there are questions that only religion can answer? Are science and religion “non-overlapping magisteria”, as the scientist Stephen Jay Gould claimed, or is science capable of showing that religion is false, as Richard D … [Read more...]

Dualism is Unhealthy

No, seriously. (LINK)"The fact that the simple priming procedures used in the studies had an immediate impact on health-related attitudes and behavior suggests that these procedures may eventually have profound implications for real-life problems. Interventions that reduce dualistic beliefs through priming could be one way to help promote healthier -- or less self-damaging -- behaviors in at-risk populations." … [Read more...]

Draft for comments please

Here's a rough draft of half of a chapter I am contributing to an edited volume. Comments and feedback please. Very bestStephen   What are science and reason?       Humanists expound the virtues of science and reason. But what are science and reason? And we should we think it wise to rely on them?       By science, I shall mean that approach to finding out about reality based on the scientific method. This is a method that was f … [Read more...]

Bollocks Venn Diagram

Check this out:https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/555126_545134965509748_787704957_n.pngThis is terrific! I note that Scientology lies in the intersection of all four categories of nonsense. I guess that means that it is the most irrational of all. … [Read more...]

A Taxonomy of Interlocutors

This post is mostly addressed to nontheists who engage in online debate with theists. If you discuss a topic as controversial as religion in a public forum, you will get challenged. The resulting debates are sometimes intellectually stimulating, instructive, and fruitful. Other times…not so much. Here at SO I recently engaged in two discussions on the problem of evil. One debate was engaging and edifying, the other a pointless waste of time. If you want to avoid useless debates it helps, e … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins finds Jesus

Hot news from Oxford, England: Noted atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins has declared that he is no longer an atheist and has become a Christian. Dawkins, author of The God Delusion was quoted as saying, "Really, there is just a bit too much evidence of design in living things to attribute it all to a blind process like natural selection." Dawkins, has long argued that science undermines religious beliefs and denied that the universe needs a creator. He has been one of the most … [Read more...]

Bias in the Philosophy of Religion

An interesting post over at Prosblogion. … [Read more...]


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