[Turing] Atheist Answer #5

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines here. What's your best reason for being an atheist? Anything which is true is known by the senses and also at the same time explained by reason. Experientially or experimentally, there is no test for God. Rationally or logically, all definitions of God fail. The first scientific experiments by Empedocles 2500 years ago showed that … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Privilege

The Turing Test is ongoing (two more entries going up today, and more through the week), but I want to interrupt that for a second to try to talk about privilege and sexism one more time. In the two posts about Rebecca Watson’s experience at an atheist conference, some discussions about whether women are being ‘oversensitive’ when we talk about privilege got tangled up in disputes over the way Rebecca had called out the people she disagreed with. Let me give a different example (that … [Read more...]

[Turing] Atheist Answer #4

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines here. What's your best reason for being an atheist? There is no evidence that gods exists, and a lot of evidence to the contrary that humans are psychologically predisposed to invent gods. Both the lack of evidence for deities and the presence of evidence for bias are products of scientific inquiry. So science is what makes me an … [Read more...]

[Turing] Atheist Answer #3

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines here. What's your best reason for being an atheist? See, I hate this question, because you don't NEED a reason to be an atheist. You don't need to justify nonbelief, people who believe in a God need to produce a "reason" for that belief. I think it was Dawkins that started the comment of "Christians are atheists when it comes to most … [Read more...]

[Turing] Atheist Answer #2

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines here. What's your best reason for being an atheist? The evidence. The God of the Bible-- and what else could "God" mean, in our culture?-- just doesn't seem to be operating in today's world, speaking to prophets, working miracles, and so forth. It's logical to extrapolate backwards and assume that such a being never did exist. If God is … [Read more...]

[Turing] Atheist Answer #1

This post is part of the Ideological Turing Test Challenge. Go to the tab above for an overview and remind yourself of the voting and commenting guidelines here. What's your best reason for being an atheist? The best reason for being in atheist is that there is quite simply no reason not to be. I mean this in the most basic terms possible: There is no verifiable evidence for the existence of a supernatural force(s) and/or "creator" of the universe. It is unnecessary to posit such a … [Read more...]

The Turing Test Begins

I'm about to post the first of the Turing Test Contest entries. For ease of reference, I've created a new tab at the top of the blog that you can use to easily find entries and (starting Friday) voting links.  I'll be posting 2-3 entries per day from now til Friday afternoon, and then I'll open up a Google Form you can use to vote on which ones you thought were really written by atheists and which you think are Christians ineptly imitating atheists. I don't want too much homogenization of … [Read more...]

Handling Sexism Among Skeptics

This is a continuation of a post from this morning about an incident of possible harassment at a skepticism conference.  Read that one FIRST. Even among people who agreed that not all harassment has to result in physical assault to be threatening and dangerous, there was a lot of disagreement about the appropriate way to handle the incident and the ongoing discussion in the atheist blogosphere.  Some of the people I disagree with have premises about privilege and gender that are too out … [Read more...]

Sexism Among Skeptics

If you follow the atheist blogosphere, you're probably aware of an internal debate about sexual harassment and the appropriate way to respond to it.  Very briefly: skeptic activist Rebecca Watson gave a speech about religion's "War on Women" at an atheist conference.  During the conference, she and a group of people hung out in the hotel lobby sharing stories until around 4am.  When she left to go to bed, one man followed her and buttonholed her in the elevator, asking her to come back to … [Read more...]

Turing Test Teaser

Everyone entered in the ideological Turing Test challenge is finishing up their answers to the atheist slate of questions, and I'll be starting to post them on Monday.  But, since a lot of people were interested, I had to draw lots, so there wouldn't be an unmanageable number of responses.  I may repeat the experiment in the future, but, for now, Verbose Stoic has decided to play along on his own blog.  So, if you can't wait for Monday, head over to his blog and read through his answers … [Read more...]