The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – Distinguishing the Epistemic and the Persuasive

Evangelizing

The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook is a guide to evidence-based activism for atheists, agnostics, Humanists, and all freethinkers, designed to help us communicate better. Current posts in the series include: The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – Evidence-Based Atheist Activism Go for the Gut – On the role of emotion in persuasion Framing for Freethinkers - Introducing Lakoff’s concept of [Read More...]

The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – What Do I Mean by “Evidence”?

Books

The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook is a guide to evidence-based activism for atheists, agnostics, Humanists, and all freethinkers, designed to help us communicate better. Current posts in the series include: The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – Evidence-Based Atheist Activism Go for the Gut – On the role of emotion in persuasion Framing for Freethinkers - Introducing Lakoff’s concept of [Read More...]

The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – Evidence-Based Atheist Activism

Evangelizing

This is a repost from the Humanist Community Project website, a project designed to host useful materials to help non-theist communities around the country develop and grow. It introduces the Freethinkers’ Political Textbook, my effort to bring together mountains of research into effective activism and persuasion into a mini book specifically dedicated to the challenges of [Read More...]

Should Alan Turing Be “Pardoned”?

AlanTuring-Bletchley

Today Alan Turing, computer science pioneer, inventor of the “Turing Test”, and Second World War Hero, was pardoned by the British crown. The pardon repeals his conviction for “gross indecency” – he admitted to having a homosexual relationship after his house was burgled by an acquaintance of his lover, and was promptly prosecuted and plied [Read More...]

An Introduction to the Aesthetics of Nelson Goodman – Part One: When Is Art?

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This is the first in a series of posts introducing the aesthetic philosophy of Nelson Goodman, which has been extremely influential in my thinking. The Problems and Potential of Aesthetics Much philosophical aesthetics is terrible. Frequently, philosophers who take any interest in art at all (a depressingly small minority) do it scant justice, obsessing over [Read More...]

Meet Me in St. Louis

The Ethical Society of St. Louis

This Summer, if everything goes to plan, I’ll be moving on from Harvard after 7 years. When I first came to America to begin a one year Master’s degree in Arts in Education, after two years teaching high school English in the UK equivalent of Teach for America, I had no idea what I wanted [Read More...]

Compassion and Moral Judgment – A Response to “Atheists at the Pulpit”

Dialogue

It is not every day that I get called out in the pages of the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, so Sigfried Gold’s piece Atheists at the Pulpit grabbed my attention. Most striking was Gold’s assertion that I lack a certain amount of compassion in my treatment to the religious right: apparently “Martin Luther King showed more compassion for his [Read More...]


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