David Hume's 300th

David Hume's 300th birthday was on Saturday, and there's a fair amount of celebration going on around the net. Open Culture has links to some retrospectives, free versions of Hume's works, and this "Three Minute Philosophy" clip about Hume's accomplishments:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3QZ2Ko-FOg] … [Read more...]

Ayn Rand on the Big Screen

From Dangerous Minds, I see that a movie based on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is scheduled to hit theaters in April. This is the first movie of a projected trilogy.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W07bFa4TzM]Now that both The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged are going to be movie trilogies, it seems a good time to remember the words of John Rogers:There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a … [Read more...]

Thoughts of a Dying Atheist

by EdmanI was listening to Muse the other day—specifically the song "Thoughts of a Dying Atheist." Here's a highlight from the lyrics: and I know the moment's near and there's nothing you can do look through a faithless eye are you afraid to die?it scares the hell out of me and the end is all I can see and it scares the hell out of me and the end is all I can see Of course, it got me thinking about my own mortality, and the natural fear of nonexistence. For me, the knowledge that I will end j … [Read more...]

Skepticism vs Denialism

Michael Shermer has written an essay in New Scientist on the difference between skepticism and denial. Here's an excerpt: What is the difference between a sceptic and a denier? When I call myself a sceptic, I mean that I take a scientific approach to the evaluation of claims. A climate sceptic, for example, examines specific claims one by one, carefully considers the evidence for each, and is willing to follow the facts wherever they lead.A climate denier has a position staked out in advance, … [Read more...]

The Rock Question

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