“Persuasion” sounds like an insidious thing; a perfect persuasion technique could convince you to do anything, regardless of whether you want to do it. And yet, by writing this post, there is some level of persuasion happening; anyone who has opted for a personal trainer has chosen to be persuaded; and social media thrives on… Continue reading 1,000 People Want You to Click This!!!
Throughout history people have attributed many phenomena to God and then shown them to be caused by natural mechanisms. The attribution to God was a move of faith, whereas natural mechanisms stand as discoveries. An inductive argument could be formed from that to show that it is rational to not believe God is responsible for… Continue reading If You Do Not Know How the Universe Was Created, How Do You Know For Sure There Is No God?
I watched ‘12 Years a Slave’ the other day. To be honest, I don't know whether I like it. I think there is a certain art in film making which includes being able to tell the story without the graphic and overwhelming demonstrations ‘12 Years a Slave’ relied on. However, there was a conversation between… Continue reading If the majority of people stopped believing in God, what would stop the world from falling into anarchy?
A few weeks ago I posted on my blog to state that Richard Dawkins was actually wrong and religion is not a delusion. My argument was that the term “delusion” belongs to psychiatry (it is also a clinical and judgement-free term; if others bandy it around as an insult then they are being unkind), and… Continue reading Is religion a delusion?
Imagine being at the pub and hearing two people talk about the colour of Allallt's shirt. The man is convinced the shirt is purple, and the woman is convinced the shirt is pink. They quibble over different sentences from different posts on my blog and build convoluted arguments about how my syntax unambiguously informs them… Continue reading What Colour is Allallt’s shirt?
In February, I read the case of the ‘Inexplicable Omelette’, in which the author played off a difficult question: how can you tell whether something has come into its current form ― been constructed or altered ― with intent? His argument was that some things are too complex to consider unintended, and even an omelette… Continue reading How do you identify intent?
The beauty of determinism is hidden in the tragedy and injustice of freewill. I don’t believe in freewill (but I do believe it is one word). More importantly than that, I don’t see ‘no freewill’ (“determinism”) as a miserable or stale thing. The implicit assumption (and explicit in the full question asked: “God gave us… Continue reading What is Beautiful about Determinism?