Or, There and Back Again This is the story about my “spiritual journey,” or not, so far.* I started out life as an agnostic, as I believe all of us have, and fell into being an atheist by default. Then, there was a relatively brief period of belief, and finally I once again became an … More How Did I Get Here From There?
A couple of Baxter’s Christmas time activities. Of course, cats do not ask questions, but I ask them for them. Well, Baxter for the most part. And, I do much more than that; I attach all sorts of intentions (belief, feelings, wants, etc.) to him. But, this question comes up fairly often. You put something … More “What’s That Doing There?“ asked the Cat.
The topic of this blog post is reductionism. Although I could currently lose some weight reducing, I am going to write about philosophical reductionism. One of the questions I will try to determine is could I be reduced to atomic and subatomic particles and the four fundamental forces of universe? Another is how to deal … More Could I Use a Little Reducing?
[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?