Watching a debate between Matt Dillahunty and Mike Licona on whether Jesus was raised from the dead was a weird experience. Licona’s approach relied heavily on the supernatural is real therefore literally anything could have happened. And his defence for the supernatural also helped a lot in defining the supernatural. And it is to that… Continue reading Is there a supernatural realm?
In previous posts I argued discussions that aim at a representation of reality are a game, bound by rules of rationality and evidence. But, it’s not the only game in town and another one is apologetics ― bound by rules of contrived reason, aiming to look like rationality but aiming in a completely different direction.… Continue reading A Case Study in Apologetics
The question of whether a God character is “good” has continued for thousands of years. Since Epicurus, since Job. The position of the sceptic tends to assume the idea that humans have some idea of what morality is and approximate ways to benchmark it against God’s actions (either in Books or in nature), but the… Continue reading Why do theologians and sceptics talk past each other on the question of God’s “goodness”? And which have a better point?
Science can be seen as a method of creating reasoned knowledge through reliance on evidence, incredulous scepticism and human imagination. Each of these has its own function within the knowledge-creating methods of science. Evidence is probably the most easily recognised cornerstone of science, as evidence directs our thinking and grounds our area of scope. Imagination,… Continue reading Are science and God Irreconcilable? Another perspective
In my last post I said I have science to do. That may have been a little misleading, because this is about to be another example of why some science simply hasn't been done. I've been into my fitness for a while now, including on-and-off use of protein supplements (and creatine, but never for long).… Continue reading Doing Science (2) Sports supplement index.
An ex-colleague of mine has written a book in which he purports to have devised a way of predicting the lottery. It is called How to Predict Future Lottery Results: know tomorrow’s numbers today on a month-by-month basis by Francis Isaac. I was initially doubtful because he has a job. If I knew how to… Continue reading Predicting the Lottery with Dr Isaacs
A blogging buddy, Fourat Janabi, has written two books now. And you need to read them both! They are called Random Rationality (R2) and Science, Statistics and Scepticism (S3). If I'd had my way the second book would have been called Dutiful Diligence (D2 - giving the name R2D2 - but I should have voiced… Continue reading Random Rationality.