Tag Archives: theism

God does not exist and life is meaningless: existential horror invades a pre-game coin toss

Normally well sublimated atheist meaninglessness rudely and unexpectedly comes to the surface of football players’ awareness in this Onion Network News sports report:

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Is the Universe a Quantum Computer?

A new book by Vlatko Vedral, Decoding Reality (2010), makes the case for this, and according to the reviewer of the book at New Scientist Vedral also gives a bit of intellectual support to some ideas that circulate among Hindu yogis: Vedral holds out … Continue reading

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An Exceptionally Clear Explication of Occam’s Razor

And its implications for the religious reasoning of one particular person:

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The Mind’s Dependency on the Brain? Bryan Appleyard on the Final Frontier of Atheism v. Theism

Two years ago, journalist Bryan Appleyard wrote an interesting review of The Spiritual Brain, a book by neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, and started his review this way: Neuroscience is a combat zone. It is here, in the human brain, that the final conflict … Continue reading

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Just Asking

If you are an atheist, and you think that free will, ultimately, does not exist, but you nevertheless act in your day-to-day life as if free will does in fact exist, aren’t you like someone who doesn’t believe in God, but under … Continue reading

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If You’re a Confidence Atheist or a Confidence Theist, You’re More Likely to Be Happier Than a Confused Agnostic Like Me

So suggests a new study. Fine, but that doesn’t mean that you’re right. Via Steel Phoenix, a nice retort from George Bernard Shaw: “The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the … Continue reading

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This Blog’s Enemies (and Friends)

Because I’m an agnostic, the “enemy” at this blog (if I am to have “enemies”) is really the person who wishes to avoid worry and nuance with regard to his or her intellectual positions. Give me a person who is vulnerable and … Continue reading

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Pretty Good Reasons Not to Believe in God Watch: God’s Apparent Dilly Dallying in Getting Us Here

As an agnostic, I would offer the following as a pretty good reason not to believe that God exists, and for being an atheist (were I so inclined): If God exists, and if one of God’s chief purposes for creating the … Continue reading

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Is God the Ultimate 747? Richard Dawkins v. William Lane Craig

In The God Delusion, one of Richard Dawkins’s arguments against the value of positing a deity as an explanation for the universe’s existence is this: The deity would be more complex than the universe you’re attempting to explain, and so to say “God created the … Continue reading

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Confidence Atheism, Religious Fundamentalism, and Don Quixote

I think that, in large part, the reason people sometimes use the phrases “fundamentalist atheist” or “militant atheist” to describe contemporary atheists has to do with the high expression of confidence expressed by some atheists. Like fundamentalists who express a high … Continue reading

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Advice to Young Theist and Atheist Contrarians

Think! Then think some more. The truth is the whole. You’ve got to have empiricism—it’s crucial—it’s the only way to reality test your mad speculations. But don’t ignore metaphysics and epistemology. Don’t, in other words, ignore the premises underlying your worldview. And … Continue reading

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Atheism v. Theism or Naturalism v. Supernaturalism?

Is a better term for atheist, naturalist? And is a better term for theist, supernaturalist? British philosopher Anthony Grayling thinks so, and in a Gaurdian essay from two years ago he suggests that shifting from the atheist-theist to the naturalist-supernaturalist designations … Continue reading

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Are Things as Bad as They Appear?

In Robert Wright’s interview with Salon.com today, he was asked about the end of his recent book, The Evolution of God : At the end of your book, you say the great divide in modern thinking is between people who … Continue reading

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Has It Ever Occurred to You That You Might Be Wrong?

All atheists assert, so far as I can tell, that MATTER PRECEEDS MIND. But I think it is tricky to assert that if one begins all one’s reasoning on the presumption that matter preceeds the existence of mind, that one … Continue reading

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What I Mean When I Say I’m an Agnostic (and Not an Atheist or Theist)

I think that my agnosticism extends, when it really comes down to it, to keeping an open mind to the possibility that MIND (or telos) somehow preceeds MATTER in some fashion—or even that there might be something recognizably human at the end of … Continue reading

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