Julia Galef With A Rational View Of Tradition

Thanks to Daniel for this find: … [Read more...]

Wednesday Links – Bye-Bye Prop 8, Kicked-Out Komen, Alt Med In Universities Interview And Love Love Love

Firstly, another thought-provoking post by Daniel Loxton on Skeptic Blogs - "Russell's Hedgehogs and Hirst's Shark": This straightforward advice—try not to take people’s word for stuff, especially when we’re promoting a position in public—is a core skeptical concept. It underpins all of skeptical scholarship, for responsible skeptical outreach demands the due diligence exercise of checking everything twice. Someone says they saw something? Maybe they did, and maybe they didn’t. We ought to try to … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Interview With Alain de Botton – On Religion For Atheists

There's been a recent spate of blogposts here on Freethought blogs (some in verse, by The Digital Cuttlefish - The Grandest One Of All and An Atheist Monument? Or, On Herding Cats), which address the claim that Alain de Botton has been proposing an "atheist monument" or "temples for atheists".Today I got a response to my questions to the author - he will be touring Australia in February:There's a growing number of books that bring a greater understanding (or at least awareness) of atheism to … [Read more...]

‘Dare To Think’ – Attending Philosophy In Schools Conference In Melbourne (2011)

Currently in Melbourne, attending a three-day conference: VAPS 2011 Conference 'Dare to Think: Philosophy in Schools'.So far a highlight has been an opportunity to chat to Alan Saunders of ABC Radio National's Philosopher's Zone and discover that my podcasting equipment is better than his. :pThe Friday night lecture by Dr Nurin Weise was excellent - she is the curator of several exhibitions at the Melbourne Museum, such as the Mind/Body exhibition and she had some fascinating insights as to w … [Read more...]