Scalar Connection to Meaning of Life?

Because I've written so much about arguments from scale lately, the following statement in Dennis Prager's op-ed on atheism and consolation caught my eye. "'And we promise to work for more gun control. But the truth is we don’t have a single consoling thing to say to you because we atheists recognize that the human being is nothing more than matter, no different from all other matter in the universe except for having self-consciousness. Therefore, when we die, that’s it. Moreover, … [Read more...]

Tom Flynn on Dennis Prager

As always, Tom Flynn has written another spirited essay, this time in response to Dennis Prager on atheism and consolation. LINK I agree with pretty much everything he writes. Yet I find myself thinking, "Yeah, but ..." as I read it. I think the first thing that needs to be said is that what counts as "consolation" is inherently subjective: it's going to vary from person to person and from time to time. Some people will find it consoling to know that the dead cannot suffer, whereas … [Read more...]