February 23, 2020

Sorry for my hiatus over the last half week or so – I’ve been ill. My friend put me onto this YouTuber recently and again pointed me towards this 101 of election funding – a very useful video for those who need to know about the very complex nature of US election funding. Check it out:   Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher You can also buy me a cuppa. Please… It justifies me… Read more

February 23, 2020

Google eugenics and you will find yourself buried under a mountain of different definitions. Some are fairly objective, but the vast majority disparage, even demonize, the idea. A few examples: “The study of how to arrange reproduction within a human population to increase the occurrence of heritable characteristics regarded as desirable. Developed largely by Sir Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, eugenics was increasingly discredited as unscientific and racially biased during the 20th century, especially after… Read more

February 21, 2020

This video is well worth a watch. I’ll leave it here for now and then write a post on it soon. The idea of having a loving relationship within a power-dynamic that involves such imbalance and fear is really problematic. H/T Katarina Persson for the video. Read more

February 20, 2020

This was a comment in reply to my piece on William Lane Craig and an issue with apostates. I like the parable aspect to it: The thing that really borks the instrumentality argument is the resulting consequence of apostasy (i.e. eternal suffering). Without that bit, it’s perfectly acceptable for a deity to create a being that will either never believe in the god’s existence in the first place or subsequently permanently fall away from such a belief, since belief would… Read more

February 20, 2020

Holy hell, what the bejesus is going on with this man. It’s like Trump is trying his hardest to win a game of chicken with the American electorate, playing who will pull out first, the electorate, or the man trying his hardest to be the world’s most powerful douchebag, openly flaunting rules, protocols, general morality and decorum, to see what he can get away with. After being acquitted during the impeachment, he continues to have Guiliani do they very things… Read more

February 19, 2020

Here is a recent question to William Lane Craig on his Reasonable Faith website: Hi Dr Craig, I’ve been studying the Perseverance of the Saints and I found your paper on the subject very thought-provoking. I have been wrestling with this subject as of late and there appear to be certain difficulties with the traditional understanding of Perseverance, some of which you have highlighted in your paper. However, I would like to ask about a difficulty I see on the other side…. Read more

February 19, 2020

My grandson Jerome, who graduates from the University of Rochester in May, has become interested in Colonial history. He sent me an Email a couple days ago with the following: Recently I’ve found myself interested in the lives of the early New England colonists, so during some down time I was reading through some historical files, and I found that a distant ancestor of ours was notoriously at odds with the Puritan Church of the Massachusetts colony, and was fined… Read more

February 17, 2020

Pew Research Center recently carried out some research with regard to science and voter preference. The piece is interesting and worth a read, but what stuck out for me was the confidence in the scientific method. As Pew stated: Factual knowledge alone does not explain public confidence in the scientific method to produce sound conclusions. Overall, a 63% majority of Americans say the scientific method generally produces sound conclusions, while 35% think it can be used to produce “any result a… Read more

February 14, 2020

I wrote some time ago, when you couldn’t have a conversation with someone even slightly right of centre without being accused of virtue signalling, that everyone virtue signals. Almost all the time. In the clothes you wear, the music you listen to over-loudly, in the politics you spend your lunchbreaks trying to convince others of adhering to. Virtue Signalling: Everybody Does It. All of the Time. A Defense of Virtue Signaling Identity Politics, Virtue Signaling, and Special Snowflake Syndrome One… Read more

February 13, 2020

Sometimes, I think too much. And here might be an example. Okay, so this might depend on your moral value system in the first place. Let’s take the faith vs works/deeds argument. Does faith in JesusGod get you into heaven (or simply please God), or is it the good actions that you do on Earth? Or both? I have been questioning recently whether I do enough good in the world. I sit here preaching about morality, being on the right side… Read more

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