What believers am I talking about? Mainly those of the Christian fundamentalist type. Although, I think it would be safe to include a majority of Muslims as well. Even some orthodox Jews could fall into this category. I will most often use the term fundamentalist. Fundamentalists believe in the inerrancy of their sacred texts (the … More If Religion Is the Truth, Why Are Certain Believers Afraid of Science and Rationalism?
In this blog post I will explore what realism entails, whether or not it is a valid claim in any domain. At the moment I have in mind four types of realism: Platonic, mathematical, scientific, and artistic. Platonic realism concerns where Plato’s forms or ideas resided. The forms were considered the true reality, where those … More Is Realism Real?
In this blog post I intend to layout the basics of my ethical views. I was introduced to moral subjectivism in Richard Carrier’s book Sense and Goodness without God if I remember correctly; however, a search through this book under the term “subjectivism” yielded no results. It could have been in another book of his I … More What is Moral Subjectivism About?
Have you ever seen a mean person looking happy? I do not recall seeing one myself. Hence, why I have asked the title question. I will admit that I have not done anything near an exhaustive exploration of this question. So, in this post I will go with whatever I have observed, and what I … More Can Mean People Be Happy?
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?