July 12, 2020

We humans often think we have to have some ultimate meaning or purpose: this is one of the draws or perks, supposedly, of religions that usually include some kind of eternal afterlife. Atheists, in the main, are fine with the absence of ultimate meaning or purpose and are content, possibly even happier, to find their own purpose or meaning in the here and now, and in their legacies. I was looking out of the window today and watching two Cabbage… Read more

July 12, 2020

Tucker Carlson has long been known for his racist views and attitudes, including calling white supremacy a hoax. You could fill hours and hours of video with his racist monologues. Recently, his opinions have seen big-name advertisers pull their spots from his show. That is newsworthy in and of itself. However, things have taken an altogether sinister, if not wholly unsurprising, turn. His chief writer, who has previously claimed that every single word on Tucker Carlson’s teleprompter is his, has… Read more

July 10, 2020

Okay, this isn’t so much a debunking as a conversation or a use of Alex O’Connor’s (CosmicSkeptic) recent video as a stimulus for discussion. It’s a commentary of sorts. I’ve got a lot of time for O’Connor: his videos are excellent and he rightfully has a big following because he produces quality content with finesse and intellectual respect. His latest conversation with William Lane Craig himself concerning the Kalam Cosmological Argument was fantastic because he had many talking points that… Read more

July 9, 2020

This was a good little watch to brighten my morning. Long overdue. Let’s get it done, England.   Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher You can also buy me a cuppa. Or buy some of my awesome ATP merchandise! Please… It justifies me continuing to do this! Read more

July 9, 2020

How did it happen? A lot of people are still gobsmacked that we actually elected Donald Trump to be our President, a man with no political experience, little knowledge of government, and well-known moral and ethical shortcomings. His campaign concentrated on escalating all the existing divisive issues in our society. That is the mark of a demagogue. There have been many demagogues in human history. Joseph McCarthy comes immediately to mind, but before him there were many others. Here is… Read more

July 8, 2020

The questions are: Who will vote for Kanye West? Which other candidate will this then hurt? I can’t for the life of me understand why he is running for President. Oh, wait a minute, yes I can. He’s at least two sandwiches short of a picnic; he’s at least a spanner short of a toolbox. I mean, who the hell is advising him? West’s campaign advisers are his wife, the TV star Kim Kardashian-West, and the Tesla founder Elon Musk,… Read more

July 8, 2020

From Humanists UK: A new Welsh Government Bill that will change the law on religious education to make it clear that humanism must be taught about equally alongside the major religions has been laid before the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) this week. Wales Humanists – which has long campaigned for a curriculum that treats religions and humanism equally – has expressed its approval for the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill, saying that it will make Wales ‘a world-leader in inclusive education’. The Bill… Read more

July 8, 2020

I have written variously on this subject before but wanted to bring together two ideas: God cannot have free will. If he does, he could not have used it to create the world. Libertarian free will (as in the conscious and actual ability to choose otherwise in a given scenario, ceteris paribus – LFW) is an incoherent concept. It doesn’t work and can’t work given what we understand of causality and, well, reasoning (both reasons explanations and otherwise). But, let’s… Read more

July 7, 2020

I spend an awful lot of time arguing about racism with people in my personal life, both on Facebook and face-to-face. I have had some unbelievable conversations with people very close to me that show that overt, explicit racism is alive and well thank you very much, and that an awful lot of people not only don’t understand what institutional and systemic racism is, but that they don’t want to understand. One of my very close friends shared with me the Ben… Read more

July 6, 2020

It’s not so much that God is playing truant, it’s that she never really turned up in the first place. And, although her classmates keep telling us they saw her walking into school, it turns out they were mistaken. Or covering for her. In fact, she’s not even on the register. Actually, using the female pronoun isn’t fair because, chances are, if God was female, she would be far less bellicose. As you may have gathered by my predilection for… Read more

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