Daily Archives: July 27, 2009

Orwellism Watch: Biologist Jerry Coyne Takes Down Robert Wright a Peg

Atheist biologist Jerry Coyne, in his recent review for the New Republic of Robert Wright’s new book, The Evolution of God, catches Wright out on an Orwellian euphemism that Wright deploys to describe Islamic historical setbacks on the road to greater tolerance: … Continue reading

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Is Religion a Tolerant or Intolerant Human Phenomenon?

Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God, has a theory. He thinks that religions tend to be morally neutral in terms of tolerance—and that their ranges of tolerant expression are dependent on the contingencies that they find themselves in. Hence, for … Continue reading

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Afairyism and Atheism: Are Disbelieving in Fairies and Disbelieving in God Epistemically Equivelent?

Ah, no. There are no good reasons that I can think of for believing in fairies (nor have I ever heard any advanced). There are, however, a multitude of good reasons that I can think of for believing that mind … Continue reading

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Hell is Other People?

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Mental Health Break

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John Gray’s Phrase for Missionary Atheism: “Enlightenment Fundamentalism”

With all the “hoo-haw” back and forth on the Internet about whether there is such a thing as “fundamentalist atheism,” I noticed that the philosopher John Gray today used a curious phrase in an essay for New Statesman: Enlightenment fundamentalism. Below … Continue reading

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Yes, It’s the Beginning of a Real Wedding

Hey, Apollo! Who let Dionysus into this wedding ceremony early? Isn’t Dionysus supposed to slip in at the end—with the wet and lusty kiss?  And yes, the video has gone viral:

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Is It Legitimate to Use the Phrase “Fundamentalist Atheist”?

In support of the claim that “fundamentalist atheist” has at least some descriptive value, it should be noted that Stephen Gould used a similar phrase in his early disputes with evolutionary psychologists who imagined a reductive Darwinian “just so” story accounting … Continue reading

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