15 April 2015

The new blog is live

For those interested in what I write about humanism, atheism, and "philosophy," please point your browsers at http://filsalustri.blogspot.ca/, which is my new, integrated blog of everything.

If you're only interested in the humanism stuff, go to http://filsalustri.blogspot.ca/search/label/humanism.  If you want to get an RSS feed of only the humanism stuff, use this URL: http://filsalustri.blogspot.ca/feeds/posts/default/-/humanism.

13 April 2015

The winds of change are blowing

I have four blogs; this being one of them.  That's a problem, because (a) I can only post to them at 1/4 the speed I post overall, and (b) it's hard keeping track of them sometimes.  So I've started integrating them all into one single blog.  This will take some time.

I won't delete this blog, but I will post the new URL here when the conversion is done.  Thereafter, this blog will remain but be dormant.

07 April 2015

Morality and instincts

Make a list of all the things that you think are "good."

I imagine that love, home, sex, a great meal will likely be on the list.  A career, living in a safe and beautiful neighbourhood, a happy marriage, and healthy children are likely on that list too.  If you're a bit capricious, you may have a few odd things on your list too; on mine are Lamy fountain pens, my wife’s Phở, Firefly, and wide-brimmed fedoras.

Now make a list of all the things that you think are "evil."

You’ll probably have murder, hate, lying, violence, and unnatural suffering on your list.  Bullying, rage, and jealousy might make your list too.  I also have Justin Bieber, Fox News, and the stock market on my list; but that’s just me.

But WHY are these things good or evil?  Can you explain why you think that murder is evil and love is good?

Well, I can explain all these things using two, simple principles derived from modern conventional science: evolved instinct and socialization.

18 February 2015

No, no, no.

I came across a 2011 article by John Gray on the BBC News Magazine website called Can religion tell us more than science?  As a glaring example of Betteridge's Law, the answer to this question is an emphatic NO!  It's an old piece (of crap), but I still find myself driven to write about it.

30 August 2014

Social media and ethics and abortion

There's been a bit of fuss lately on some social media about abortion, largely between PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins, and involving "abortion rights."  I'm less concerned about the abortion issue as I am about the nature of the ethical considerations and the quality of argumentation I'm seeing via social media.

26 July 2014

The importance of scientific consensus

I wrote a blog post on my other blog about the nature of scientific consensus.  I won't transcribe it here, but rather only suggest that it is a relevant part of developing a non-theistic successful society, because in combination with the general enterprise of science, it guarantees a steady (though possibly slow) progress and deepening of understanding.  It can stand as a guide to help create the social institutions that can keep societal progress happening without recourse to any religious or theistic frameworks.

20 July 2014

Updates to pages

A brief administrative note: I've recently been updating some of the subpages of this blog.

I often find items that are worth noting, but not worth a whole post in themselves.  I don't like blogs that post a thousand times a day.

I didn't really know what to do with those items, till I decided to start collecting them into various subpages.  For the last couple of days, I've added a number of items to the theistic errors page, and the odd item to other pages too.

Depending on your free time and inclination, you may wish to take a gander.