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The Concept of ‘Intentional Action’: Knobe, Wittgenstein, and Descriptive Ethics

This is a paper that I wrote in 2008. I will present it at next year's Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) in Canada. It's somewhat technical but those who are more philosophically inclined may be interested in checking it out. I take a "Wittgensteinian" approach to analyzing the concept or use of 'intentional action.' The paper focuses on whether it is possible to give a prescriptive account of ethics. In plain English, this is an attempt to answer the… Continue

Added by Beto on December 11, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

‘Moral Facts’ and Moral Arguments for the Existence of God

The following is rough articulation of a position I wrote a while back. I"m currently thinking of how to bring it "up to date" with my current reflections, which take a much more subtle understanding of religious belief. Comments are welcome!


Many philosophers, particularly Christian philosophers, are fond of giving rather weak arguments for the existence of God based on a presumption of moral facts. A moral fact is the claim that there is a way things ought to be. In… Continue

Added by Beto on December 10, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Gone with the Wind

Summer day,

leaves, green and vibrant,

the morning dew drips off

serving the thirst of wild geraniums below.

Autumn comes,

and the leaves begin to wither and die,

spectators gather

to admire the beautiful colors.

Winter, the trees are barren,

the leaves have all fallen off,

and have been mulched

to fertilize the now frozen grass for next year.

Spring arrives,

the grass is green and healthy again,

and on… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on December 10, 2008 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Space isn't the only Vacuum UPDATE


I've justified, to myself, allowing people to make stupid purchases. I analyzed what my problems with people buying useless pieces of paper and here's what I have come up with. If I were to ask myself the question, “Should it be illegal for people to spend money on useless pieces of paper even if it doesn't hurt me and makes the people feel good? It is their money, should they be free to spend it on whatever junk they'd like?” I have to concede that even if I STRONGLY… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on December 10, 2008 at 8:58pm — No Comments

Telemarketing Jehova's Witness

I see the Jehova's Witnesses are getting a bit more timid in their sales strategies. I was rudely disrupted one Saturday morning to a Telemarketing Style Conversion Call to save my non-existent soul not too long ago. By the end of the half-hour conversation I had turned her from a word-for-word bible believer into accepting that evolution is a more likely explanation than the two conflicting creation stories in Genesis, and that primitive nomads likely aren't the best people to get plausible… Continue

Added by c on December 10, 2008 at 4:20pm — 8 Comments

Office Christmas Party

For some reason we are having our office Christmas party mid-January. It would be nice if they called it a New Years party. I wish all Christmas parties would become New Years Parties instead. I am not alone in this I am sure.

Supposedly attending a company sponsored Christmas party is up to the employee. But, is it really? No! Peer pressure forces one and all to celebrate Christmas whether they like it or not. It's not good for your career if you don't play along.

I have… Continue

Added by Lori Gilliland on December 10, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments


The death-like frigid air

sharpens its blades upon your sputtering lungs

having burrowed its way through twin nasal cavities

it crystallizes your breaths from the inside out.

Suffocating your zephyr with its own,

upon exhale, your life visibly evaporates before you.

And so it was with us that in defense of this nipping assault

with hands split and fractured like dried up ravines

we struggled to even adjust our wooly scarves over each others chapped… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on December 10, 2008 at 10:33am — No Comments

Space isn't the only Vacuum

I do not think like other people. Of this, there can be no doubt. Sometimes, others think along the same lines as I. Many times, I am in agreement with what others think. Yesterday, I was confronted by an issue that, so far, no one else I have talked with agrees with me. Therefore, I submit, I could be wrong. Not a rare occurrence, but one that I would like to correct if indeed I am wrong.

It all started with the Skeptoid episode on buying space property. As I listened to the… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on December 10, 2008 at 9:14am — 2 Comments

Why you can't win religious arguments

I Stumbled Upon this site today: by way of this page: (caution - word wrap link effect)

As good an article about this problematic endeavor as I have seen and a good site overall. I don't see it listed on the A/N links page. Maybe it should be there. I found that it's owner is a member of A/N.

By chance I also happened another site:… Continue

Added by Rexerex on December 9, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Guess who went to PZ Myers' lecture at UCF on the 5th

Me! I even touched him. I hope genius is contagious.

I tried really hard to get some beard clippings to sell on Ebay but he was wily and agile, evading my scissors every time. Damn his cat-like reflexes!

Added by Lego Robot on December 9, 2008 at 12:43pm — 2 Comments

Jewel of Medina

I was lucky, and was able to go see author Sherry Jones who wrote the controversial book "The Jewel of Medina". She spoke at Carroll College in Helena, the 4th of December.

Sherry is a Novelist, journalist and once was an Independent Record Reporter, and a Montanan.

The publishing company Random House, self censored themselves and dropped plans for printing Jones' book because they were told “The Jewel of Medina” would offend Muslims and could “incite acts of violence by a… Continue

Added by Lori Gilliland on December 9, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

feathers, toilets, snakes, and gays

Added by Krista on December 9, 2008 at 11:07am — 3 Comments

Don’t Hear the Whisper

As darkness creeps in,

As the shadow eats the light,

-the hawk glides low,

-the vulture stands still to observe,

-a bat shrieks cutting the silence,

-the dog howls sending a chilling,

-the owl stares with empty eyes,

-the black veil covers the night,

completing what’s required,

it welcomes The Coming.


A baby cries.

A man trembles while his guts is emptied.

A woman grabs a knife and aims it to her heart.

A child… Continue

Added by Oboids on December 9, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

The perfect President

In a perfect world, our president would hold both a law degree and an MBA.

The idea that malfeasence would get him or her disbarred would aid in keeping them from looting the treasury as the Neocons have done.

Even a lawyer as president lessens the bellacose dynamic we've had for the last 8 years. I think the reason is that the bills that land on the president's desk can be considered on points of law and constitutional misability (congruence) instead of a mere "favor… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on December 9, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Clean Feed Shenanigans

Wow, it's been a bit of a big day on Twitter and in the blogosphere when it comes to the Clean Feed issue. Looks like we're going to get a much-welcome backflip from Labour and they've decided the net is actually useful as a tool for consultation.

AND Kevin Rudd is on Twitter. Wonder if he writes his own Tweets. He's following WAY too many people.

Added by Ms Naughty on December 9, 2008 at 2:55am — 1 Comment

Fucking thieving prick

I wright a song, a funny song, a joke and this fucker steals it! (copy and past in address bar (I'm not increasing there stance on google))

And this prick didn't just use some bot that steels from RSS feeds, no he highlighted copyed and pasted from my blog to his. He didn't even have the decency to link to my blog.

Oh and the people at Google Google owns Blogger) apparently do not like to get DMCA… Continue

Added by Lone Wolf on December 8, 2008 at 11:13pm — No Comments

The Origin of Existance?

I was watching Journey To The Edge of The Universe, and what startled me is the complexity of the universe. Stars, Pulsars, Blackholes, Environments of other Planets, there has to be a perfect harmony of circumstances to carry life like a planet like Earth. Maybe it's impossible? Maybe its rare? Maybe the rarity is so high, that we cannot even calculate or fathom the odds!

I always theorized myself that we are super evolved bacteria. It's not our skins or athleticism that helps us… Continue

Added by Jennifer W on December 8, 2008 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

New to Atheist Nexus

Hi all
I've only just joined this place. Just wanted to be part of the group, even though I'm not huge on social networking sites. I have my own sphere of online sites and blogs so if you want to know more about me please visit:

Yes, that's not safe for work.

Added by Ms Naughty on December 8, 2008 at 12:44am — No Comments

"I'll respect your beliefs if you respect mine."

"I'll respect your beliefs if you respect mine."

How many times have you heard that? Too many, I assume. I've heard it (or a variation) so many times that I haven't even thought about what it means, until now.

Let me dissect this.

"I'll respect your beliefs..."

My...beliefs? I am an atheist, I don't have beliefs. An atheist by definition lacks beliefs. So you'll respect my non-existent beliefs if I respect yours? Hmm...

Ok,… Continue

Added by zack on December 8, 2008 at 12:17am — 4 Comments

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