At Virginia Tech, on Wednesday evening March 21, there was a debate on the question "Does God Probably Exist?" I wanted to post comments on two of the arguments given.
One argument given was the "fine-tuning argument". One of the debaters was studying high-level academic philosophy, and they stated it thus:
Given the fine-tuning evidence, a life-permitting Universe (LPM) is very, very epistemically unlikely under the non-existence of a fine-tuner, and is not unlikely if a…
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WHITLOCK'S BLOOD LIBEL
Linda Whitlock (Dec.18) repeats yet again the "blood libel" against unbelievers, that only Creationism offers any basis for ethics.
Whitlock has it backwards. Religion offers no basis for ethics. Religious morality consists of obeying the alleged will of God, as reported by your chosen authority. But obedience is not the same as morality. If believers wish to make war or keep slaves or oppress…
Tom Jacobs has an article on AlterNet: Why Are People Still Afraid of Atheism?
The major point of the article is that atheists are less trusted because they don't believe that they are constantly watched by supernatural enforcers of social norms.
I suggest this reply:…
From THE AGE OF REASON, Part 2, section 20, by Thomas Paine:
Revelation then, so far as the term has relation between God and man, can only be applied to something which God reveals of his will to man; but though the power of the Almighty to make such a communication is necessarily admitted, because to that power all things are possible, yet the thing so revealed (if anything ever was revealed, and which, bye the bye, it is impossible to prove), is revelation to the person…Continue
Nov. 12, 1995; Why I am a former Objectivist and former Libertarian.Continue
Mike Huben writes: (begin quote)
One of my eventual projects for my Critiques of Libertarianism web site
is to present something on folks who have left, like yourself. If you
have any material about why people leave, including your own personal
history, I'd be very interested to get ahold of it. What first cracks
the certainty, what conspicuously doesn't work, what was the turnoff,…
This is something I wrote Spring 2004. Please forward as you think
appropriate. -John B. Hodges.
August 21, 1998. Defining five terms. Rand used the term "objective" differently than most philosophers.
Some definitions, from Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition.
OBJECTIVE: ... in the realm of sensible experience, independent of individual thought and perceptible by all observers; having reality independent of the mind.... perceptible to persons other than the affected individual... OBJECTIVISM: an ethical theory that moral good is objectively real or…
On Friday March 4, there was an article on a right-wing Christian site:
Atheists Targeting Nation With Godless Media BlitzContinue
WRITTEN BY DAVE BOHON
FRIDAY, 04 MARCH 2011
Preface: The following essay was written in 1998, for the IOS discussion list. More recently I have had an exchange of views on an Objectivist site called "Noodlefood" where they (1) claimed that I had totally misunderstood Rand's argument (2) refused to present her argument, saying only that the choice of whether to live or die was **FUNDAMENTAL**, and that I should go back and do my homework. I have added a postscript at the bottom, in reply to these…Continue
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PASSIVE AND ACTIVE ATHEISM
Atheism is often defined as "the absence of god-beliefs". This
definition is useful in debate, because it does not assume any burden of…Continue
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Some reposts from my "attic":
(JBH) I'm bewildered by this argument. (That this argument happens at all.)…Continue
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