Category Archives: philosophy

A.C. Grayling on the Colbert Report

by Greg Mayer English philosopher and humanist A.C. Grayling was interviewed last night on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central.  The interview highlighted Grayling’s new book, The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism, which Jerry has noted here at WEIT. Grayling started with a nice definition of humanism that was appreciated by […]

Is the notion of “God” coherent?

There’s been some discussion on this site and others whether it’s even useful to ask if there can be evidence for a god, given that the very notion of God is incoherent.  I’ve maintained that there can indeed be evidence that would provisionally convince at least me of the existence of a divine being. But […]

Yet another experiment showing that conscious “decisions” are made unconsciously, and in advance

In the last few years, neuroscience experiments have shown that some “conscious decisions” are actually made in the brain before the actor is conscious of them:  brain-scanning techniques can predict not only when a binary decision will be made, but what it will be (with accuracy between 55-70%)—several seconds before the actor reports being conscious […]

Troy Jollimore: how do we replace religiously-based ethics with secular ones?

Alert reader Dennis called my attention to a new article in aeon Magazine (free online) by poet/philosopher Troy Jollimore.  The piece is on secular ethics, is called “Godless but good,” and has the subtitle, “There’s something in religious tradition that helps people be ethical. But it isn’t actually their belief in God.” Jollimore’s thesis is […]

On morality and moral responsibility: a final response to Uncle Eric

I wasn’t going to prolong my interchange with Eric MacDonald about “ways of knowing,” as I think we’ve both made our disagreement clear (and let me emphasize again the affection and respect I have for the man), but I want to make a few points connected with Eric’s latest response to me at at Choice […]

Uncle Eric goes all anti-scientistic, argues for “ways of knowing” other than science

I am a big fan of the avuncular Eric MacDonald, our Official Website Uncle™, not only because he abandoned a position as an Anglican priest to become a “strident” atheist, but also because he fights for the right to commit assisted suicide, argues forcefully against the stupidities of theology, and, not the least, has been […]

Blessed are the cheesemakers

Reader M.L. called my attention to the website and comic strip The Atheist Pig, a collection of writings and cartoons that, as in this this strip from October of last year, can be quite amusing—and on the mark:

A Gedankenexperiment on free will

You’re a philosopher with an interest and expertise in science, have followed the latest discoveries in neuroscience, and realize that the idea of contracausal free will is long dead.  You see that people’s choices are completely determined by their genes and environments (internal and external), and that, save for quantum indeterminacy, people could not have […]

A physicist gets muddled about free will

Physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili is apparently a big macher in the UK, though I confess I hadn’t heard of him before today. His webpage notes: Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a British scientist, author and broadcaster. He is a professor of Physics at the University of Surrey where he also holds a chair in the Public […]

Descat’s Meditations

Even philosophers have fun sometimes. From A Philosopher’s Blog comes the lucubrations of a pensive moggie, “Descats’ Meditations on Furry Philosophy“. It starts this way before proceeding to the heavy felinosophy:  Here I sit in my litter box, thinking of the things that I held to be certain in my kitten hood: the tastiness of […]


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