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This might be my last articles blog, I don’t know, are you guys tired of seeing them? Would you rather see some more analytical thought? I post so seldomly, at least these keep you guys informed on events in the world.

Arguments for the Existence of God: Cosmological

Pick up any theistic or atheistic book and you’ll see a run down of this argument, it seems the debate, is never-ending.

Antony Flew and his famous atheist article

Many philosophers including Nielsen, Parsons, Murray and Martin have also tried to separate fallibalistic, verificationist meaning from the now defunct Logical Positivist dogma. I’m far too homunculus brained to contend this issue with a theist, though I like it, I think it speaks to the heart of what the “Gnu Atheists” are trying to say, even if they aren’t eloquent enough to get the point across.

Andrew Brown: there are lots of ways besides science to find truth

Coyne goes from discussing Logical Positivism to scientism. I really like Coyne, he has been criticised here, and that’s fair enough, criticism is good. To say I like him doesn’t mean I think  he is the smartest, bestest person who ever lived and I agree with every single thing he says, I mean he writes a blog I prima facie agree with on many aspects.

John Horgan responds, defends wishful thinking in science

And Coyne goes from Logical Positivism and scientism to determinism, or perhaps more specifically biological determinism. I’m quite interested in determinism at the moment as I’m reading Daniel Dennett’s Freedom Evolves, and also due to the Reasonable Doubts podcasts on it (I would recommend them to people looking to further their knowledge on all things religion and skepticism, but specifically determinism, for our purposes at least, see here, go to episodes 69, RD Extra Jeremy on the Don Johnson show, ep 34, 29 & 30 for more information and a great podcast).

Banning Compulsory Prayer: Unamerican?

More on the issue of church/state separation. As an Australian we have different laws than the Americans, but I’d like to think the core issues, are the same.

Love Does Not Envy

Nick has a whole series of posts on love at the moment (this is his latest), and whether you’re a Christian or not, it seems there is much we can all take from them, even if our theological underpinnings are different.

If you attack the Church, you are attacking me.

The separation of ideas from people is what I think we must all at least try to do, I may dislike Christianity, I may dislike theism, some of my readers may feel the same way about science, atheism, and secularism. The people we debate with, discuss with on the internet, are people, and thus deserve a baseline modicum of respect. It’s ideas for the most part we want to criticise and review, people we should bring into the equation only if circumstance dictates.

Memo to NYC Atheists: Please Don’t Sue

An interesting article on picking our battles.

Secular Adoption Agency Takes In Children the Catholic Church Doesn’t Care About

Turnabout is fair play

More on the evolution/creationism debate, with scientists this time taking creationism seriously and employing creationist strategies.

Exposing an Anti-Gay Pastor’s Ministry

And again, Christians, this is up to you to stop. I can accept differing views, but there is a right way to express it, and there is a wrong way. This is not informative, or educational, this isn’t elaborating on the biblical justification for the anti homosexual position. This is hate speech propaganda pure and simple.

A first without a second

For the Thomists out there (Yes Nick, I’m talking to you), agree, or disagree?

The Ethics of Euthanasia (Part Three)

The other 2 essays in this series are in the post proper.

Overly Dependent On TAG

An article from Triablogue, a group of Christians who collaborate. These guys (and gals?) are pretty serious, and represent a stronger voice than most Christians in general. They actually scare the crap outta me, as they are smart, and they’re intense, and as ironic as it seems, they’re voice reminds me of the “angry atheist” rhetoric atheists are charged with (and have earnt). They spend a lot of time berating and critiquing John Loftus (for examples see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here) and sometimes atheists in general (see here, here, here, here, here for examples) which was something that used to make me feel sorry for Loftus  (as they and others have created whole sites solely based on critiquing and criticizing Loftus see here) but have since come to realise, Loftus brings it on himself, in the sense that, he uses really strident language when referring to theists (“delusional” is not an uncommon word), that is sure to piss some of them off.  They also obviously have the right, and should critique atheism, it’s not like atheists are never guilty of anything. My only problem with their tone is that I wonder if Christians are meant to be as, well mean, with their moral standards, and mottos of “turn the other cheek“. I can respect an ardent defense of the faith, even an intellectual one, but their tone seems a little, well angry. I don’t know, is the stronger tone biblically justified?

I’ve Been Exposed…

A little bit of fun.

Mind-Body Physicalism (Part Four): Absent and Inverted Qualia

Parts 1-3 are attached in the post, definitely worth a read.

Question about PSR

Randy Everist is quite a popular Christian blogger, and you can see why from his posts, here he attempts to substantiate the “principle of sufficient reason“.

An Argument from Intuition

Frank Turek Fired for his Religious Beliefs

If the details in this report are accurate, then obviously Turek was discriminated against, just as the article says, his views outside of work, have nothing to do with his work.

A Dialogue with a Muslim

Interesting stuff. I need to do way more reading on Islam.

Religion and Special Pleading

This is sure to piss some people off, but is he right?

Last year: Arsenic life. This year: Chlorine life?

E. coli is evolving into chlorine based life? Interesting stuff!

The Definition of an Atheist

Well if Ray Comfort calls you a fool, you should probably listen.

US court orders immediate end to military gay ban

To summarize what I think on gays in the military, to quote Bill Hicks: “anyone… dumb enough, to want to be in the military, should be allowed in.

Religious right leader weeps because gay community gains equality

Wow.

Naturalism VS Theology

As Ophelia Benson said when she suggested this article “Thom Stark explores the subject, so you don’t have to“.

Row after India minister calls homosexuality a disease

At least people had the sense, to be incensed.

Scary Maps of the New Climate Normal

Climate change?

On the Web and Forgetfulness. Or: How the Poison of Religion Poisons Everything.

On Hitchens, Haught and much more.

Do Atheists Have Better Sex?

There are links to Darrel Ray’s sex survey he recently did on believers and sex, it is a hugely comprehensive survey with some interesting results, some more in this below.

Atheists Do It Better: Why Leaving Religion Leads to Better Sex

Some really interesting findings.

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  1. July 8, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for the links to my series on love!

  2. July 8, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Not at all buddy. They’re interesting.

    Hope you’re well.

  3. July 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I always enjoy links-oriented blog posts, so I think you should keep them up. Maybe only once a week though?

    (I’m not unbiased in this since I am featured among your links! – Thanks for the mention by the way)

  4. July 10, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Hmm good suggestion.

    Your blog is a really great read, I don’t suppose you have any books published, or in the works?

    Thanks for your comments.

  5. July 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    No; no books I’m afraid. Might do an ebook collection from the blog soon. (By soon I mean, like, september).

  6. July 11, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Too bad, well be sure to inform us when you get something together!

  7. November 15, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Hey man I just saw this link–thanks so much for the kind words!

    • November 15, 2011 at 5:28 am

      Not at all – I love your work!

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