Monthly Archives: October 2017

How I Defeat Sam Harris’s Attack on Pascal’s Wager

Several years ago, Sam Harris set out to refute Pascal’s Wager in the pages of the Washington Post. Harris began as follows: The coverage of my recent debate in the pages of Newsweek began and ended with Jon Meacham and … Continue reading

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The New Atheist Movement: An Autopsy

There seem to be more and more articles out there trying to explain the demise of the New Atheist movement.  Jerry Coyne recently commented on one and offered his own analysis.  Since none of these articles seems especially insightful , … Continue reading

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The Dark, Pseudoscientific Side of Determinism

Jerry Coyne is relying on his free will denialism once again, this time to defend the sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.  We can’t blame Weinstein for his behavior.  He is not at fault.  For he couldn’t help it.  Something made him … Continue reading

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He Lives is Back

There are some good blog postings over at the He Lives blog. In Science v. Science+, David exposes a core problem with the “science and religion are incompatible” talking point that is so commonly embraced by New Atheists.   It turns … Continue reading

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How can you study if Republicans are in the building?

Another day, another example of postmodern campus madness.  In today’s installment, a small group of social justice warriors decide to protest a meeting of college Republicans and demand the student Republicans should not be able to meet in the library.  … Continue reading

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Free Will: Evidence for God

Does atheism entail determinism?  Jerry Coyne seems to think so.  He makes it quite clear how his views of determinism follow from his acceptance of atheism/materialism: The best answer I can give (besides reading Sean Carroll’s “The Big Picture”) is … Continue reading

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Social Justice Determinists

As I have argued before, atheistic determinism and social justice ideology complement each other very well.  Thus, it is rather amusing to watch a hardcore determinist like Jerry Coyne engage in his constant battles with various social justice atheists and … Continue reading

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Social Justice Laughs

Activist Jerry Coyne points to an example where a book which received a positive prepublication review had the review downgraded because of complaints from the social justice crowd.  Here’s a brief description of the book: The setting is the Midwestern … Continue reading

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The Healing Profession?

Lisa Marchiano is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and recently wrote an article about transgenderism that you can read here. Included in her analysis is the story of a young woman with a history of mental health problems who spent … Continue reading

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Mythcon and the Friendly Atheist

As we all know, the Mythcon debate between Sargon of Akkad and Thomas Smith generated a lot of buzz in the atheist community.  But I don’t seem to recall The Friendly Atheist blog weighing in on this.  Did I miss … Continue reading

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