No way!? Is that ‘Possible’?

Introduction There is an argument for the existence of God called ‘The Modal Ontological Argument for the existence of God’ (MOAG). A major part of MOAG is the idea that something is ‘possible’. The “something” is a ‘maximally great being’, or something similar depending on which version you read. The vagueness of the “something” ―… Continue reading No way!? Is that ‘Possible’?

Boltzman Brains and a False Universe? Does the content of Naturalism undermine the philosophy?

I have recently been introduced to Evolution News; in particular, their opinions on the physicist Sean Carroll. One particular author ― Michael Egnor ― takes umbrance with Carroll’s discussions, discoveries and publications in physics, and this comes up in two of his articles: An Infinite Number of Universes Is More Plausible Than God and Is… Continue reading Boltzman Brains and a False Universe? Does the content of Naturalism undermine the philosophy?

Can I trust my brain?

According to some apologists, the mind can only work if it is designed or permitted to work by a God. The mind can only access ‘logic’ and reason because such things are authored and exist in some sort of platonic realm. If the world were different to this ― i.e. if it were strictly natural… Continue reading Can I trust my brain?

Does our solar system point to God?

Obviously, our solar system is not arrow shaped: if it has a shape, it’s a slightly oval disc. It literally does not point to anything. But, is there something remarkably unique about our solar system that would lead a sufficiently curious and rational mind to believe it counts as evidence in favour of the existence… Continue reading Does our solar system point to God?

God looks a lot like no God

We are willing to claim things don’t exist. I don’t mean atheists; I mean thinkers in general. Do you believe in unicorns, Santa, leprechauns, the tooth fairy or the Flying Spaghetti monster? I know they’re cliché examples, but that is intentional: I want you to realise these arguments aren’t new, but apologists have been ignoring… Continue reading God looks a lot like no God

On the Contrary: defining “New Atheism”

Apparently, I am a New Atheist. In all meaningful timelines, this is true; I am only 25. On the scale of the universe, geology, biology, human culture or even Western Culture, I am new. But I am not sure the ideas I associate with nonbelief in a god are new. Atheism is the lack of… Continue reading On the Contrary: defining “New Atheism”

“Atheists go one God further”?

I posted a while ago announcing the meme “We are all atheists with respect to Thor and Zeus… atheists just go one God further” is a bad argument. I still believe that. However, a discussion has started over on Prayson Daniel’s post and I wish to weigh in to reiterate my position. However, this time… Continue reading “Atheists go one God further”?

Atheism and Community

There is a certain need for humans to work as groups. The needs seem to be different for the genders. Men need collaborative work, like team sports, where stubborn determination is key, but emotions need to be subdued (anyone who has seen a 9 year old throw a tantrum in the middle of a football… Continue reading Atheism and Community

The Resurrection: actually, group hallucinations are a real thing

A long time ago I was caught in an argument regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We considered a number of possibilities: (1) The resurrection story was made up. That makes sense to me. After all, the Bible doesn't report any body to have seen all the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, at… Continue reading The Resurrection: actually, group hallucinations are a real thing

To Investigate Psychological Differences between Atheists and the Religious

On a cycle ride the other day I just made it through the traffic lights but it caught my friend and she had to stop. This happens often. The last time it happened I wondered what the odds were that my friend would be caught in traffic lights so often. The answer is simple. But… Continue reading To Investigate Psychological Differences between Atheists and the Religious