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.

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.