Reading Time: < 1 minute Mark Nelson knows that there’s no God, but he’s been feverishly rooting through his copy of Black’s Law Dictionary “just in case.”
Reading Time: 3 minutes Is it more logical to say that the universe arose from nothing? Also, advice on how to kiss your wife on your anniversary.
Reading Time: 2 minutes A thought experiment on the beginning of the universe. Open if you like dominoes. (Not the pizza.)
Reading Time: 5 minutes “We must distinguish between truth, which is objective and absolute, and certainty, which is subjective.” —Popper
But is there a difference between knowledge and certainty?
Reading Time: 3 minutes “You are no more responsible for the state of your brain in this moment than you are for your height…thoughts simply arise in the mind. But the idea that we as conscious beings are…responsible for the characters of our minds, simply can’t be mapped onto reality.”
Reading Time: 2 minutes Dr. Michael Ruse has an excellent piece called, “Is Rape Wrong on Andromeda: An Introduction to Extraterrestrial Evolution, Science, and Morality.” He goes through a thought experiment utilizing his own point of view. Let’s say that we start human evolution over again. Rewind it to the beginning and start out anew. Through randomization, a very different creature might evolve with different values and duties. Perhaps they act like bees, and…
Reading Time: 2 minutes Do you believe in good and evil? Professor Michael Ruse, a noted atheist and philosopher of science, has correctly noted what morality is in a world without God. In “The Darwinian Paradigm,” he noted: “Morality is a biological adaptation no less than are hands and feet and teeth. Considered as a rationally justifiable set of claims about an objective something, ethics is illusory. I appreciate that when somebody says, “Love…
Reading Time: 2 minutes What does it mean to love with the heart, soul, and mind? How does the mind relate to the brain? What does science teach us?
Reading Time: 2 minutes “You dummies,” he added. “You can do what you decide to do, but you cannot decide what you will decide to do!” He quickly asked an aide if he’d used a double-double single negative-positive and if his last statement made any sense whatsoever.
Reading Time: < 1 minute There is no truth. You can take that to the bank.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Finally some good news in this world! In a stunning rebuke of all faiths everywhere, but especially of the really stupid ones, like Christianity, Professor Richard Dawkins has delivered a killing blow.
Reading Time: 2 minutes In 2009, the Pew Research group surveyed the American Association for the Advancement of Science with the goal of ascertaining levels of belief in God or a transcendent “spirit.” Surprisingly, 51% of scientists believed in some type of higher spirit or God, while 41% didn’t believe that such existed. Perhaps more surprisingly, in 1914, a similar survey was conducted among scientists by psychologist James Lueba. Of 1000 American scientists in…
Reading Time: < 1 minute “You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behaviour of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.” —Dr. Francis Crick, Human Genome Project It’s this “no more than” that is important, I think. Under this view atheistic worldview, you don’t exist in a meaningful sense at the level of personal…