I don’t think Answers in Genesis quite gets science Pt. 2

Previously, I managed to address one sentence of this article from Answers in Genesis. We find that creationists often use the “correct” words – observation, testability, repeatability, falsifiability, etc – however, like the common layman confusion about the word “theory” as used in science, they often get the other words off-the-mark as well. [Read more...]

Matt Dillahunty hands Sye Ten Bruggencate the beating for which he begged.

Ordinarily I don’t enjoy watching a professional in anything stomp the shit out of somebody of significantly lesser talent who only got a shot at the title because they made enough noise.  But because Sye Ten Bruggencate is such a loathsome person, I really enjoyed watching Matt Dillahunty slap him around: From his first argument [Read More...]

Red Hot Victorian Atheism: What We Can Learn

Victorian. Chances are, that word conjures in your mind either a bewhiskered chap laboring under several layers of wool as he adjusts his morality-enhancing penis chassis and dreams of imperialism, or a demure lady of unspeakable virtue dying in childbirth while putting the finishing touches to a devotional needlepoint. Certainly, there was quite a bit [Read More...]

Sam Harris: it’s always now.

Last night in the Q&A I got asked how I deal with the prospect of my own mortality.  I responded in two ways, the first is that knowing that it’s all finite makes me rush to take it all in.  I won’t be able to smell the roses forever, so I’m sure to smell them [Read More...]

Peter Payne debate: do ethics need a foundation in god?

Here’s my debate with Dr. Peter Payne at UC Santa Cruz.  Leave questions in the comments and I’ll try to answer them over the next week. Huh…I just finished watching the video, which was posted by the Institute for Credible Christianity (a group for which Peter Payne is the managing director).  At around the 56:00 [Read More...]

Learn philosophy this fall with Dan Fincke.

I’ve been making so much damn fun of Dan.  He’s teaching philosophy this fall, and he might even teach you, and he’s announced it in a post titled: Learn Philosophy Through Face to Face Conversations With Dr. Daniel Fincke This Fall.  I mean sure, Dan’s one of the best, clearest, and most fair thinkers I’ve [Read More...]

Response to Jen McCreight – on social justice, Bria Crutchfield, and the “third group”.

Comments closed. If you’re uninterested in the dust up between myself and Bria Crutchfield, consider scrolling to the bottom to read the meta of this post. Jen McCreight wrote a response to my piece about Bria Crutchfield.  This post was linked to by Greta Christina, Rebecca Watson, and countless others in that camp, many saying [Read More...]

On the Bria Crutchfield outburst at the Great Lakes Atheist Convention.

I wasn’t going to write about the one hiccup at the Great Lakes Atheist Convention, but someone on twitter has convinced me that I need to.  First, I’ll say that the convention was freaking awesome and that the organizers were phenomenal.  It was seriously one of the best-run first-time conferences I’ve ever attended. The problems [Read More...]

God’s burning orphanage and the problem of divine hiddenness.

A while back, while I was preparing for a debate, Matt Dillahunty turned me on to a youtube channel called Theoretical Bullshit.  The guy behind the channel is solid, amusing, communicates well, and has produced arguments I’ve never heard before.  You should definitely check him out. [Read more...]

Email: how do you think critically?

I got the following email from someone we’ll call “Pad Britt” after my interview on The Thinking Atheist. I just heard the episode of The Thinking Atheist on which you were a guest and I had a question. I’ve been an atheist for a couple of years (I was raised Southern Baptist…. so yeah….) and [Read More...]


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