Category Archives: religion

Imaginary Evidence

Does the fact that we can imagine something provide any evidence about it? The practice of philosophy and some other disciplines ends with the use of the imagination as a source of argument. As soon as you leave the realms … Continue reading

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Another Hymn Before Action

We’re fed up with your scripture Quran and hadiths too your Bibles and your Guru Granth Sahib… and you who read the words of teachers and refuse to move beyond the rantings of your preachers and all the lies they’ve … Continue reading

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Opinions, Judgements and the Bayesian Revolution

This article on what it means to “have an opinion” is not bad, but it muddles two fundamentally different types of “opinion” and as such fails to get at the root of the problem, and misses important ideas about diversity … Continue reading

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On Interpretation

“The cat is on the mat” is a reasonably clear statement, not subject to a huge range of interpretation. If anyone reading it claimed it justified killing blasphemers most people would look at them funny. And remember: this is the … Continue reading

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The Narrative of Fire

I’m a very lucky person. I was born in the best nation at the best time in the best place on Earth, into circumstances that at once gave me a certain degree of humility (although I often keep it well-hidden) … Continue reading

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Reification Revisited

I think very slowly and I’m not very smart. Unlike every other human being on Earth, who “just knows” exactly what is the right thing to do in all circumstances and is never, ever wrong about it, I sometimes make … Continue reading

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Religious Reification

I’ve written about our tendency to treat certain ways of putting people in to abstract groups as “real” before, and how this can distort our relationship to reality, often in socially and personally negative ways. Scott Lynch tweated today: Maybe … Continue reading

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Blasphemophobia

I have always had unpopular opinions, and argued for them forthrightly, vigorously and–I like to think–honestly. I have sought out the weaknesses of my own positions and done my best to modify them in the face of new evidence. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Prophet and the Carpenter

The Peaceful Prophet’s followers were shooting infidels, beheading them with axes and flinging them down wells proclaiming, “I’m for Paradise!” while making Earth a Hell. Apologists snapped angrily because they thought the war against Enlightenment and law was all of … Continue reading

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Islamism is Stupid

In the past few days Islamist nutjobs have killed two Canadians. Why they are doing so is pretty clear: they are stupid. It is stupid to attempt to intimidate Canadians by killing a few of us. It is stupid to … Continue reading

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