September 24, 2012

So I came across this site on my internet travels (actually, through a naturalism group on facebook) and it provides a really good introduction to a number of difficult topics within the realms of physics and cosmology. In this piece, physicist Andrew Thomas elucidates on the topic of the reality of the universe, the nature of time and its implications in revealing that the universe seems to be a dimensional block. This also has huge ramifications for the notion of… Read more

September 23, 2012

As you’ve probably guessed, I am interested in all things free will. Recently, I was reading a chapter from “Are We Free?” entitled Free Will Is Un-Natural by John A. Bargh. Bargh sets out the obvious issues: The psychological issue of whether free will exists thus boils down to whether undetermined choices of action exist and occur. No one today would deny that people have preferences, motivations, desires, goals, and so on, and that these at least influence what we do…. Read more

September 22, 2012

I have decided to compile a list of my favourite atheistic /agnostic / philosophical songs. There are many on other lists which I do not know and feel I would like to, but here is my short list. I have made a comment with each and maybe copied the odd lyric to explain why it is in the list. I will also try to list any YouTube links or videos to the songs. Please add your own selections in the comments below and… Read more

September 21, 2012

 ScienceDaily (Sep. 20, 2012) — A new study suggests that a poor sense of smell may be a marker for psychopathic traits. People with psychopathic tendencies have an impaired sense of smell, which points to inefficient processing in the front part of the brain. These findings by Mehmet Mahmut and Richard Stevenson, from Macquarie University in Australia, are published online in Springer’s journal Chemosensory Perception. Psychopathy is a broad term that covers a severe personality disorder characterized by callousness, manipulation, sensation-seeking and… Read more

September 21, 2012

This article introduces a subject which is both fascinating and ridiculous. Theories of how aliens have started our societies or life on earth abound, and some people base their ‘religions’ on such concepts. Do they stand up to scrutiny? Welcome back skepticism. Aaron Adair, who has written some excellent posts here before, introduces the subject and his video presentation debunking the such theories from various angles. Check the video out. Thanks again to Aaron for this. So there has been… Read more

September 19, 2012

It’s time for another video instalment! This time I concentrate on issues surrounding the coherence of a famous chap named Jesus.   Read more

September 17, 2012

This fascinating piece of research has been reported by the British Humanist Association, which I have reproduced here. What is clear is that it would be incorrect to call Britain a Christian or even a religious nation. What will be really interesting is when the official census statistics from the last census are finally analysed and published. Results of the 29th British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA) have been released today, with 45.7% of respondents claiming that they do not belong… Read more

September 16, 2012

Sam Harris, author of Free Will (obviously not as good as my book Free Will? which has a question mark and then a subtitle, so it must be better…;)), has written this great little essay. I’ll let him do the talking: One of the most common objections to my position on free will is that accepting it could have terrible consequences, psychologically or socially. This is a strange rejoinder, analogous to what many religious people allege against atheism: Without a… Read more

September 14, 2012

Having looked at the issue of causality in the last post, I would like to continue to analyse the first premise in the KCA. This objection is connected to the last objection in its implications on the KCA. To remind people of the KCA: 1) The universe that begins to exist has a cause for its existence; 2) The universe begins to exist; 3) Therefore, the universe has a cause for its existence. 3.2 Nominalism and “everything” being “the universe”… Read more

September 13, 2012

Cody Rudisill here for my first short foray into ATP. The guys over at Philocosmology released a draft of Sean Carroll’s paper “Does the Universe Need God?” which is set to appear in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. Click the article title to check it out. It was a great read; quick, to the point, and informative relative to where cosmological studies are epistemologically, and how Theistic theories of creation (will) fit into what is known (or ever… Read more

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