[Preface: This is my second Christmas blog post, and hopefully it will turn into an annual event. My first blog was Does Santa Claus Exist?.] The first thing I will say is that the meaning of Christmas to an atheist definitely does not include the pious rhyme: “Jesus is the reason for the season.” This … More What Can Christmas Mean to an Atheist?
Or, at least a definition that is satisfactory to me. In this post I will explore what I think are two definitions of spirituality. The first definition I came up with (back in the early 1990s) is spirituality is the search for order. As a teaser, this would be close to the popular*¹ Einsteinian version … More Can Spirituality Be Defined?
I would be skeptical if I were you. Radical skepticism dies before its first doubt. How can you be sure your stance to be skeptical can work? If you are truly skeptical, than you must be skeptical of your certainty to be skeptical? You can never form any opinion of how it really is, … More How Do Skeptics Make Their Way in the World?
In this blog post I intend to explore an exercise metaphor for thinking. I am already worn out from the first sentence. I would say I will leave the rest as an exercise for the reader as I have seen in a few books, but since I have not even started, let me start exercising … More Is Thinking Exercise?
You have probably heard it said that there are no stupid questions only stupid answers. I do not agree—I think it is a bad truism. Answers come in all different sizes and shapes.† There are long answers and short answers and any length in between. Shapes could include simple, complex, technical, abstruse, whimsical, serious, … More When Is an Answer Good?
Does personhood belong exclusively to human beings, or do animals have some of the moral characteristics of personhood too? This is an ethical blog. I intend to explore how we should treat animals, most particularly those that have some obvious kind of consciousness. At the same time I will investigate what personhood might be or … More Is Baxter a People Too?
First, I am not talking about constructivism, where the only mathematical objects thought to be capable of proof are those that can actually be constructed by a finite number of steps. This approach leaves out all infinities, such as cardinal and ordinal infinite numbers, or as Georg Cantor named them transfinite numbers. It also leaves … More Can Mathematics Be Constructed?
This blog is my exploration of what belief is. I find that belief is multifaceted and admits of gradations. The philosophical study of beliefs comes under the field of study called epistemology (theory of knowledge), which is just one aspect of what makes up knowledge. Knowledge is usually defined as justified true belief. There are … More Can You Believe That?
First, let me state that I am an atheist. As such I do not believe there is any god—moral or not. The assumption is that if (this is a super if) there were a god, could that god be moral? I will look at various concepts or definitions of god and see whether these types … More Can God Be Moral?
The concept of human flourishing began with the Greeks and the word they used was eudemonia. According to The Basics of Philosophy web page on the word, it “is a moral philosophy that defines right action as that which leads to the “well-being” of the individual . . .” The word is often defined in English as “happiness;” although, it would … More What is Human Flourishing?