July 3, 2020

I recently produced an extensive article debunking the claims, at length, of Heather MacDonald’s Wall Street Journal police “The Myth of Police Brutality” that many on the right held up to pronounce the central claims of the BLM movement to be erroneous. On top of my piece, Thadryan (a Firefighter and Human Services Professional turned Computational Biologist who is inerested in statistics, non-coding RNA, and clean, reproducible science. He writes about assorted topics related to programming, bioinformatics, and data science) has… Read more

July 3, 2020

We won World War I! We won World War II! We won the World Cup! We transported and sold over 3 million African people into slavery! Oh, hang on, no. That’s not… No… We engineered the death of 4 million Indians in the man-made Bengal Famine! Oh, no, hang on… Ah, the old collective “we”, eh! It’s strange how we can take collective responsibility for positive historic outcomes but not for events that had very much a negative association. As… Read more

July 3, 2020

Life is full of risks. We take risks every day when we get in a car or other means of transport. We consider those reasonable and necessary risks to carry out our lives. Naturally, we try to limit those risks most of the time. However, some people put themselves in harm’s way unnecessarily, but for reasons they consider adequate to justify them. Skydiving and bungee jumping are examples of thrill seeking. Mountain climbing, rock climbing, scuba diving, playing violent sports… Read more

July 2, 2020

Enjoy this chat I had with fellow Patheoser Andrew Hall:   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 2, 2020

I wrote a piece yesterday looking at happiness, the meaning of life, and the inherent desire in humans to do more meaningful activities in order to find drive and momentum in life. The idea as that atheism presents a challenge to humans in the fact that there is no ultimate purpose because there is no ultimate entity qua God.  Today, I will present a counter-argument. Telos is the Greek for purpose. Telic activities are those which are purposeful, with meaning;… Read more

June 30, 2020

Bear with me. I think this makes sense. I occasionally, in this lockdown world, play a game called World of Tanks. For those of you who don’t know this game (and probably don’t care), it is usually a fifteen on fifteen team game where you have to destroy the other team’s tanks to gain XP and coins. These then go towards “grinding” away at tank trees to gain the next tank along the tree, and then the next tank, and… Read more

June 30, 2020

This is from Humanists UK: A new report published today by Humanists International has revealed worsening persecution of the non-religious in many parts of the globe. The report, which takes a detailed look at eight countries, finds ‘clear and growing evidence of the targeting of humanist and atheist activists on the basis of their rejection of a majority religion or their promotion of humanist values’. The report is based on a survey of people in Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the… Read more

June 30, 2020

From Humanists UK: An analysis of newly released official statistics reveals that for the first time, there were more humanist marriages in Scotland last year than there were Christian marriages. Humanist marriages made up 23% of all marriages, while Christian marriages made up 22%. Humanists UK has called on the UK Government to urgently recognise the need to bring about legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales, pointing to the new statistics as showing evidence of demand, and the likely… Read more

June 29, 2020

Recently, hateful right-wing political uberfuhrer Katie Hopkins was banned from Twitter. She had previously said all manner of things, from comparing immigrants to cockroaches to claiming dementia sufferers should not block hospital beds. Sussex Police even reported her tweets after 5 (BAME) Londoners drowned at Camber Sands and she mocked their identities. After Dear White People came out on Netflix she tweeted “Dear black people. If your lives matter why do you stab and shoot each other so much”. She has had… Read more

June 29, 2020

I’ll be live with my fellow Patheoser Andrew Hall in just under an hour, if you are bored. Here is the link: It will just be us chewing the cud without any structure, so be warned!   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

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