Monthly Archives: February 2014

Is Sam Harris Getting Frustrated?

It looks to me like Sam Harris is getting frustrated: In recent years, I have spent so much time debating scientists, philosophers, and other scholars that I’ve begun to doubt whether any smart person retains the ability to change his … Continue reading

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Reviewing the Stenger Method paper

Let me summarize Demonstrating the Non-existence of God with the Stenger Method. First, you will note that I begin with two empirical facts: 1. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Victor Stenger, Jerry Coyne, and PZ Myers all misinform the public that … Continue reading

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Demonstrating the Non-existence of God with the Stenger Method

More and more leaders in the scientific community have uncovered the non-existence of god. This scientific conclusion has been reviewed by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins[1], neuroscientist Sam Harris[2], physicist Victor Stenger[3], evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, [4] and developmental biologist PZ … Continue reading

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Good Advice for Internet Christians

I think Crude nails it here: Here’s something I’ve seen happen over and over: a theist makes an argument, or a criticism of atheist or popular secular reasoning. It happens to be strong. Atheists realize – well, THIS conversation can’t … Continue reading

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Are the New Atheists Fading?

It’s beginning to look like the New Atheism movement is fading. Consider some basic facts: In August 2013, PZ Myers published his book on atheism. While Myers was the internet’s most famous atheist, and he often bragged of having millions … Continue reading

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Does Sam Harris Know How to Think Like a Scientist?

After reviewing some of the scientific literature about reasoning, psychologist Jonathan Haidt summarizes it by noting: But the benefits of disconfirmation depend on social relationships. We engage with friends and colleagues, but we reject any critique from our enemies. Harris, … Continue reading

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Sam Harris Just Won’t Admit He is Closed-Minded

Sam Harris is a man who is obsessed with maintaining his public image. Thus, it is no surprise to see him lashing out (in his typical low key manner) at psychologist Jonathan Haidt for drawing attention to Harris’s closed-mind. Harris … Continue reading

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More Evidence that New Atheists are Closed-Minded

Leaders in the New Atheist movement insist there is no God because, they claim, there is no evidence for the existence of God. They do this while posturing as if they are open-minded, being willing to become theists if only … Continue reading

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The Hypocrisy and Nihilism of Extreme Atheism

When Coyne, the extreme determinist, criticizes Dan Dennett for doing something that was “unnecessary,” we get to witness the intellectual bankruptcy of his extreme ideology. Interestingly enough, someone on his blog noticed the hypocrisy and Coyne actually let that comment … Continue reading

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More Coyne Logic

From the essay where Coyne attacks Dennett: I had a discussion with someone yesterday: a smart person who hadn’t ever considered the consequences of determinism for agency, but was immediately resistant to the idea that she could not have chosen … Continue reading

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