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Category Archive: Critical Thinking

Apr 04 2014

“A Greater Fool Than The Atheist”

There’s fools and then, there’s greater fools Like those who went to fancy schools For silly stuff like Kepler’s rules And other science stuff The planetary hows and whys Show God at work—that’s no surprise. You need to back your case with lies? The bible is enough So my aggregator threw a site at me …

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Mar 29 2014

The Best Advice I Ever Got

I would write it in letters, eleven feet tall— And how they would shine; they would glisten!— The advice I once got, the most useful of all: “Just shut the fuck up… and listen.” and hey, it applies across any number of different contexts!

Mar 13 2014

Intrinsically Worthless

From a comment at an article “The Empty, Boring Atheism of Richard Dawkins” (from the Catholic World Report, naturally): “What is an “appetite for wonder” in an intrinsically meaningless universe but simply an appetite for diversion and entertainment?” I love my spouse and children— Well, I say I call it “love”, But it doesn’t hold …

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Feb 17 2014

Natural Experiment On Gun Availability

If you give the people weapons, is this good or is it bad? I suppose it all depends upon their aims Up to now, there’ve been no data, so the arguments we’ve had All rely on someone’s a priori claims “But of course we’d be much safer if most everyone was armed!— Cos the criminals …

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Feb 16 2014

Templeton Funded Research Finds Science & Religion Compatible (or, that evangelicals have their own definition of “science”)

Evangelicals will tell us, they are unafraid of science; They assume it proves the bible to be true. There’s a scientific method into which they put reliance But it looks a little strange, to me and you. They’ll evaluate hypotheses experimentally Then, conclusions will be carefully inspected: Do results remain consistent with the bible? And …

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Feb 10 2014

Random Thoughts On Alvin Plantinga’s Rambling Thoughts

So… there’s an interview with Alvin Plantinga on the New York Times’ “Opinionator Blog”. It’s… horrific. Embarrassing. Such a national platform for arguments from ignorance, false dichotomies, and special pleading. Really, it’s astonishing. The questions, by Gary Gutting, are reasonable, and are followed up nicely; if anything, Gutting is not brutal enough, perhaps feeling a …

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Feb 02 2014

Which Team Is God’s Team?

You can hear the pundits prattle Over Denver and Seattle As they set off to do battle In the Super Bowl today And I’m left a bit befuddled Cos the logic’s gotten muddled— As I see the players huddled Not for football, but to pray Seems a strange thing in this setting, But I think …

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Jan 12 2014

Neurophrenology

Scannily, cannily, Neuropsychologists Use pretty pictures to Search for the mind; Sadly, it’s no more than Neophrenology— Looking for lumps of a Different kind I think if I read one more article using fMRI (or any other brain scan) to find the substrate for this that or the other experiential phenomenon, I may have to …

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Jan 09 2014

Ken Ham Clearly Doesn’t Believe (I Hope)

So I was just out walking the cuttledogs, and it occurred to me that the whole notion of a Noah’s Ark Theme Park showed either an incredible lack of belief on the part of the planners, or a psychopathic lack of empathy. I mean, it’s a theme park. Think Disney. But it’s built around the …

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Dec 10 2013

Nonhuman Rights On Trial

An octopus solves puzzles; A chimpanzee can add An elephant expresses When it’s happy or it’s sad A finch that’s after grub-worms Uses twigs and thorns as tools We thought them foolish animals They showed us we’re the fools A honeybee has language, and A cunning corvid plans— Though different in important ways From those …

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