Category Archives: philosophy

Philomena Cunk takes on philosophy

In today’s “Moments of Wonder”, everyone’s favorite Science Presenter, Philomena Cunk, takes on philosophy. In her relentless inquiry about whether we truly exist, Philomena encounters Philosophy Lady: Marianne Talbot, director of philosophy studies at Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education: It’s time to show you what this series is on about. In the video below, Philomena Cunk and her […]

Philosopher Maarten Boudry shows the incompatibility between science and religion—in the pages of NCSE Reports

Although I’m an admirer of the anticreationism work of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), I’m not a fan of their pervasive accommodationism. They not only have a “faith project” designed to show that science and religion are compatible, but their writers and employees regularly defend the view that science and the supernatural are […]

So you don’t think people believe in dualistic free will?

If you don’t think anybody accept dualistic free will, then you’ve forgotten about the huge majority of religious people in the U.S. (and many other places). I’m not saying that the infamous neurosurgeon and creationist Michael Egnor, Friend of the Discovery Institute, has free-will beliefs identical to those of every other faithhead, but he’s clearly […]

Monday entertainment: Deepak Chopra tries to attack Dawkins, fails miserably

Let’s start off the week with something light and amusing, and by that I mean the recent lucubrations of Deepak Chopra, always good for a giggle or guffaw. This PuffHo Live video was made last November, so I’m late to the party, but I haven’t seen it posted anywhere else. Click on the screenshot below […]

Alvin Plantinga savages Philip Kitcher’s new book, but makes dumb philosophical errors

My friend Philip Kitcher (a philosophy professor at Columbia who also teaches courses on James Joyce!) has written a new book, Life After Faith: the Case for Secular Humanism, based on his Terry Lectures at Yale. After dismissing religions as fairy tales (not his language. for he’s a gentleman), Kitcher gets down to his real […]

The only Ontological Argument worth wanting

Over at Evolving Perspectives, reader Pliny the In Between made a cartoon inspired by the discussion we had (which was, in turn, inspired by a Jesus and Mo cartoon) about the Stupid Ontological Argument for God.  Pliny has his own version that is much improved over the old one: Studying the philosophy of religion, I’ve always […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Anselm

In today’s strip, the Jesus and Mo artist picks out the fatal flaw in the Ontological Argument for God: Why not define the crisps into existence as well? I’m baffled that the Ontological Argument had any traction among philosophers (theologians, of course, are polluted by confirmation bias), especially after science arose. There’s simply no way that one […]

Sam Harris and The Very Bad Wizards

No, it’s not a new novel from Terry Pratchett. If you’re in the mood for discussion about religion, free will, morality, drugs, guilt, blame and vengeance, then you are in luck. Sam Harris joined philosopher Tamler Sommers and psychologist David Pizarro on their December 15th podcast. You can listen either on Sam’s site here or on The Very […]

E. O. Wilson: Only science (and not philosophy or religion) can tell us the meaning of human existence

From The Big Think we have famed biologist E. O. Wilson talking about “the meaning of meaning,” and telling us that the answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” must come from science alone, with no input from religion or, especially, philosophy. Massimo Pigliucci will be incensed! Wilson is talking about some material from his new […]

Another unconvincing redefinition of free will

I can’t remember whether a reader or someone else recommended that, since I’m interested in free will, I should read Michael Gazzaniga’s book Who’s in Charge? Gazzaniga, a well known neuroscientist at the University of California at Santa Barbara, gave the prestigious Gifford Lectures (an annual series of endowed lectures in Scotland that have been […]

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