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...]

Boudry’s Hoax on “Sophisticated Theologians”

Dr. Maarten Boudry performs a 'Sokal-style hoax' on two theology conferences. Here is the abstract: The Paradoxes of Darwinian Disorder. Towards an Ontological Reaffirmation of Order and Transcendence. Robert A. Maundy,  College of the Holy Cross, Reno, NevadaIn the Darwinian perspective, order is not immanent in reality, but it is a self-affirming aspect of reality in so far as it is experienced by situated subjects. However, it is not so much reality that is self-affirming, but the c … [Read more...]

Debunking the Myth of Persecution

I have a cartoon on my office door showing a pie chart representing religious affiliation in the U.S. Of course, by far the largest section of the pie is labelled "Christian." All others are represented by small slivers. A speech balloon from the Christian part says "Help! We are being oppressed!" The rhetoric of oppression is still absurdly used by Christian polemicists. Every holiday season we hear about the "war on Christmas." The removal of "Roy's Rock,"--a two-and-a-half ton granite … [Read more...]


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