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Andrew Brown on Libraries *

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Under the pretence of abolishing elitism, you actually entrench it in the cruellest way.… Read the rest

Riots in Acre *

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Peres said ‘there are several religions in Israel, there is only one law and one police.’… Read the rest

John Lewis: McCain is Sowing Seeds of Hatred *

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Lewis’s comments follow widely reported outbursts of anger against Obama at McCain campaign events. … Read the rest

Paul Krugman Wins Nobel Prize in Economics *

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Thinks readers may have more tolerance when he’s being boring, but will not think he’s infallible.… Read the rest

Mill refuses

Oct 13th, 2008 10:58 am | By

On page 301 of C S Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion John Beversluis has a lovely passage from Mill. At the end Mill gives what I have long thought of as the Huck Finn response, but Huck seems to have derived it from Mill, so I will attribute it to Mill in future.

From Mill’s Examination of Sir William Hamilton’s Philosophy:

‘If in ascribing goodness to God I do not mean what I mean by goodness; if I do not mean the goodness of which I have some knowledge, but an incomprehensible attribute of an incomprehensible substance, which for aught I know may be a totally different quality from that which I love and venerate – and … Read the rest

David gets jiggy

Oct 12th, 2008 6:14 pm | By

I read a funny story in II Samuel 6 today. (I was reading about what a shit god can be. There’s this bit in II Samuel 6 where David and some friends are transporting the ark of the covenant somewhere in a cart, and Uzzah put his hand on the ark to steady it because the cart was shaking – so god killed him. That makes a lot of sense – Uzzah tries to help and god kills him for it. Nice guy. David gets cold feet then and puts the ark in storage, not wanting to get smited, then he runs some experiments and confirms that god helps people who have the ark [apart from Uzzah, but that’s not … Read the rest


Oct 12th, 2008 6:05 pm | By

I’m writing a review of C S Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion by John Beversluis. It’s a gripping read, at least if you’re interested in argument and belief and arguments for belief in god and the problem of evil and theistic epistemology and the difference between rhetoric and argument. Beversluis shows carefully and in detail what is wrong with Lewis’s various claims. It’s a gripping read if you’re interested in reasons for believing things, and if you’re not interested in that, you ought to be; everyone ought to be.

The most gripping chapter, in my view, is chapter 10, ‘C S Lewis’s Crisis of Faith.’ Beversluis argues (and shows, I think) that in his despair after his … Read the rest

Times Higher on Academic Blogging *

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Many philosophers seem quite happy to post early drafts of their research papers online.… Read the rest

Tom Clark on ‘Misrepresenting Naturalism’ *

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Naturalism is perfectly supportive of moral responsibility, human flourishing and an open, democratic society.… Read the rest

Steven Poole on ‘Don’t Get Fooled Again’ *

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The author hopes to give us the tools to avoid being fooled by ‘pseudo-news’ and pseudo-experts.… Read the rest

Monbiot on Wilson on Booker on Asbestos *

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‘Since 2002, [Booker] has published 38 articles on this topic, and every one of them is wrong.’… Read the rest

Are You Right-on Enough to Teach Here? *

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Which of your achievements in the area of equity for (____) gives you the most satisfaction?… Read the rest

Religion v Science Round 4,857 *

Oct 11th, 2008 | Filed by

Strident secularists, fanatical fundamentalists, Dawkins, Beattie, Reiss, Baggini, etc.… Read the rest

Maclean’s Wins ‘Hate Speech’ Case *

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BC rights tribunal dismissed the case as did Ontario and Canadian HRC.… Read the rest

Responses to Sam Fleischacker’s Series *

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‘The alternative to ethnic nationalism is civic nationalism and a regime of equal rights for all citizens.’… Read the rest

Anthony Appiah at Philosophy Bites *

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One on experiments in ethics, another on cosmopolitanism.… Read the rest

Stephen Law’s ‘The God Delusion’ Book Club *

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Dawkins marshals empirical work on the evolutionary roots of morality to defend godless morality.… Read the rest

Jesus and Mo Solve the Problem of Evil *

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Free will; appreciation; character formation; mystery. My shout.… Read the rest

Christians, Buddhist ‘Offended’ by Cartoon *

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Cartoon seen as mockery of Pentecostals. (And Palin, and McCain, and God.)… Read the rest

Reiki “cannot do harm” – or can it?

Oct 11th, 2008 | By Christopher A. Moyer

What would it be like to have world-class athletic ability, and to spend years of intensive training honing that ability, only to suddenly lose it all in the instant it takes your physician to utter a few words?

Hayden Roulston, a professional cyclist from New Zealand, has experienced this. After several seasons competing for the top-flight professional teams Cofidis and United States Postal Service, Roulston was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD), a rare and incurable heart disease known to cause sudden death in athletes. Notably, the prognosis is good for ARVD patients who refrain from exercise early in the course of the disease, which is why medical experts advise ARVD patients that they “should not do vigorous exercise.”[1] … Read the rest