Questions for Atheists: Why is the human mind intentional?

I'm still working on my series of posts answering the eight questions posed to atheists by Michael Egnor and some of the ones coming up have me a little baffled.  I'm digging up my notes from Directed Studies freshman year to be able to tackle the question about Aristotle's four causes, but when it comes to question six, I don't even know where to begin.  Here's the prompt: Why is the human mind intentional, in the technical philosophical sense of aboutness, which is the referral to … [Read more...]

Questions for Atheists: Why is there Anything?

This is part of a series of posts answering Michael Egnor's eight questions for atheists. I am taking the questions out of order, as suits my fancy, but you can see all questions and my responses here. On the question Why is there Anything? my answer is nearly identical to Luke's from Common Sense Atheism: I will say it has always struck me as an odd question. The assumption seems to be that non-being (“nothing”) is somehow more fundamental than being (“something”), and that we … [Read more...]

Questions for Atheists: Why is there Regularity/Law in Nature?

This is part of a series of posts answering Michael Egnor's eight questions for atheists.  I am taking the questions out of order, as suits my fancy, but you can see all questions and my responses here. I can default to the standard atheist response to this question and reply that the probability of regularity in nature, conditional on my own existence as a living conscious creature is one, but I'd like to go into a little more detail on why I believe that is true. Go ahead.  Try to … [Read more...]