Do Atheists believe in God and deceive themselves?

Lindeman, M et al (2013) Atheists become emotionally aroused when daring God to do terrible things is available for free from the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. The study measured different people's emotional arousal by proxy of their skin conductance. The participants were given statements in three categories: neutral, offensive and God. As… Continue reading Do Atheists believe in God and deceive themselves?

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Scientism

Wikipedia defines scientism thusly: “Scientism is a term used, usually pejoratively, to refer to belief in the universal applicability of the scientific method and approach, and the view that empirical science constitutes the most authoritative worldview or most valuable part of human learning to the exclusion of other viewpoints. It has been defined as "the… Continue reading Scientism

Does Studying Science Make You a Better Person?

I thought I’d take two minutes (I’ll add a footnote telling how long this really took to write) out of my uneventful morning to answer a question I just found in my WordPress feed: “Does studying science make you a better person?” The answer is no. That might sound weird coming from me, as I… Continue reading Does Studying Science Make You a Better Person?

Blogging out of Sexual Tension

Someone did some research quite recently that showed that female research professors published new research papers at an ever-slower rate as they aged, whereas male research professors published new research at the same rate up until an age, where it suddenly trailed off almost completely. This pattern follows the same pattern as each gender experiences… Continue reading Blogging out of Sexual Tension

Probability and the Lottery: can I make you rich?

Oh dear, he’s going to try to teach us again… Using Probability to Cheat the Lottery The number that has come up the fewest number of times in the National Lottery in the UK is the number 20 (175 times). The number that has come up the most frequently is the number 44 (244 times).… Continue reading Probability and the Lottery: can I make you rich?

Physics is an Eternal Truth

I don’t challenge the claim that God could exist forever. I do use some clichéd arguments, but that is not one of them. I accept that if a thing can exist independent of time then it can—for the lack of better expressions—exist forever. But God's complexity, as intelligence capable of controlling the universe, does demand… Continue reading Physics is an Eternal Truth

Why Noah’s Flood Couldn’t Have Happened

There are arguments defending the Genesis account of Noah’s flood. I wish to deal with them because they are almost comically stupid. The arguments attempt to reconcile the physical impossibility of Noah’s flood and the idea that it happened. The reason the flood is impossible is that it depends on violations in the laws of… Continue reading Why Noah’s Flood Couldn’t Have Happened