‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

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The Split Personality of Big Brother

“And Bert, well I just guess that Bert is typical of the kind who complain about Big Brother while asking the same Big Brother to fix all of their problems.” The above comment was posted in a thread that I was participating in recently. My first response was to reject it. And then, I thought [Read More…]

Running the Country Like a Business; CEO as President

I found this video interesting. It’s almost so obvious that we can just look straight past it to the powerful ramifications it has.     [Read more…]

Brain Bugs, part one

  I was reminded at work this week of the quip amongst developers and programmers, ‘It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.’ Image from I’m a Programmer http://www.improgrammer.net/not-bug-feature/   So, I wanted to take a look at two particular features of the brain, and the “features” (hereafter, bugs) in thinking that these lead to. Unlike [Read More…]

Countries with a Strong Religious Culture Are Worse at Maths and Science

This comes from the Daily Mail, of all places. Oh, the cognitive dissonance that must have been going on there! The actual headline reads: “Countries with a strong religious culture are WORSE at maths and science, study claims”. They love a capitalisation, and the use of “claims” kind of says it all (though is technically [Read More…]

Naturalistic Gods?

I have argued here before that there can be no supernatural beings. Anything that could characterize, or be evidence for, any being whatever, will necessarily be natural evidence: a statement of regularities about how the universe–i.e., nature–works. That is, whatever could qualify as evidence for a belief would be a description of how the universe [Read More…]

Morality: Regulation, Trump and Brexit

I give myself a wide remit here at ATP, and today I want to talk a bit about regulation. For free marketeers, libertarians and small government and tax right-wingers, “regulation” is a very dirty word. But what is regulation? I think when the word is used, people really don’t think about what it is. Regulation [Read More…]

Sharia in the Light of Pluralism

Moral diktats are always on dodgy ground, since they depend on a perfect revelation. Both the Bible and the Qu’ran are thoroughly imperfect revelations. Issues about who wrote what, and when, why and how, are seemingly never satisfactorily answered. As far as he Qu’ran is concerned, how do we know that Muhammad was telling the [Read More…]

Three Reasons Why Entropy Does Not Conflict With Evolution

I recently came across a few strangers who objected to evolution because, according to them, it violated the second law of thermodynamics. This is the law that focuses on how entropy behaves over time. There are plenty of refutations to this claim, such as this concise but informative one from Talk Origins. Of course, many [Read More…]

Amazing (dis)Grace

An amazing thing happened in the 2016 election. Donald Trump’s victory was, in large part, the result of overwhelming support from the Religious Right. Trump won 81 percent of the white evangelical vote, higher than George W. Bush, John McCain or Mitt Romney. An article in the April 2017 issue of New Republic magazine asks: [Read More…]