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.

04 July 2014

Why people can trust science

The point of this blog is to advocate for preferred alternatives to religion and theism.  Religious faith is often described as a "way of knowing."  Clearly, though, as ways go, religious faith isn't any good at all.  While it's important to clarify what "knowing" is, I don't want to write about that today. Instead, I want to write about how science is a trustworthy - more trustworthy that religion - as a "way to know" stuff.

Warning: this is a rather long and rambling post.  Some of the points I'll raise here merit much more attention than they'll get here. Eventually, I'll come back to them in future posts, but I wanted to "get them down on paper" in a single place.

20 May 2014

Showing off their misanthropy

Jerry Coyne received a marvelous email from a religulous fundiot. (And it's not the first by any stretch.)  It reads:
"An evolutionist is born to die. Christians have eternal life with Christ."

23 March 2014

Religion stifles curiosity

Ed Brayton wrote a nice short post about the execrable Jim Inhofe, an American Republicant Senator.  There's a key point that I think is worth focusing on in that post: that religion stifles curiosity.

25 December 2013

PZ and me and Pope Frankie

This doesn't happen all the time, but I actually agree with PZ Myers opinion of Pope Frankie's latest and rather limp attempt to reconcile with non-Catholics.  I'd even go one step beyond PZ's assessment.

14 October 2013

A.C. Grayling's wonderful new book on humanism

I recently had the pleasure of reading A.C. Grayling's latest book, The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism.  Grayling is a wonderful writer, creating prose that is rich with content while also being very easy to read.

24 September 2013

Faulty reasoning, faith, and belief

I've written a short note about faith, belief, knowledge, and trust on Google+ that describes how I take these four terms.  I think it's important to consider these four terms together to make sure that they are defined consistently with respect to one another.  Focusing exclusively only on any one of them opens one up to, I think, significant opportunity for reasoning errors.