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Sep 20 2013

“Christmas and the Religion of Atheism”

There is nothing religious Americans hate Like the phrase “separation of church and state” Their claim, if they note the construction at all Is that Jefferson wanted a one-way wall Now the latest new step in the desperate dance Is “religion is one ontological stance” Thus atheists’ faith in material stuff Is the same as …

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Aug 01 2013

Presupposing Zeus

Is there really any reason We should not believe in Zeus? Or at least to say he possibly existed? A professor of philosophy Believes there’s no excuse, Though his writing seems, to me, a bit ham-fisted. If we presuppose existence Of the Father of the Gods Or of anything at all, for what it’s worth …

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Jul 20 2013

Oh, Nothing, Really….

When philosophers talk about “nothing” Why, their nothing has nothing at all No time, and no space, and no matter, Not even the quantumly small When philosophers talk about “nothing” It’s a special and magical word But it isn’t the “nothing” that physicists see, Cos the thing is, it must be inferred Now, this doesn’t …

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Jul 15 2013

The Effing Ineffable

We need a sort of language To describe the indescribable— To build a firm foundation To discuss what no one’s seen A light to shine on empty space To highlight shared experience So others of my tribe will know Exactly what I mean We’ll say it’s all quite cryptic But that faith will make it …

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Jun 19 2013

Does Life Have A Purpose?

What does it mean to be alive? What is life’s purpose, if any? Material stuff that wants, that strives, To turn its one self into many What does it mean to have an urge? What does it mean to struggle? Must we ensure that our gametes merge, Or is it ok just to snuggle? What …

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Feb 25 2013

On Free Will

Our free will, or its illusion, Is the source of much confusion; We make choices all the time, but can we say that they are free? Mind and body in cohesion Make us think we are Cartesian, But the whole of modern science makes me want to disagree! A causal mind’s existence, Though a meme …

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Jan 25 2013

At The Dalai Lama’s Science Conference…

They’re analyzing consciousness By means of introspection And none of them have noticed that They’ve looked the wrong direction. The Dalai Lama saw the moon Was not lit from within He shared his observation (To his tutors’ great chagrin) Tibetan thought did not survive Objective observation The moon was not a lantern— That was just …

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Dec 17 2012

Mechanism, Contextualism, And The Limits Of Brain Science

Over at NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog, Alva Noë writes about “Science And The Allure Of ‘Nothing But“, a topic near and dear to my hearts. Reductionism in science has led us to some frankly silly stances, but stances held and strongly defended by major players, and (probably, but I have not counted) a …

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Jul 26 2012

Absolute Truth(s)

It’s fun* sometimes, to look at what other people think atheists must think. I saw an example of this recently: Atheists love to tell Christians we’re just about as atheistic as they are. We’re atheistic about millions of gods; they’re atheistic about millions plus one more. Okay, it’s silly, but I’ll address it one more …

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Jul 19 2012

The Philosophy Of Atheism

So, this pops up in my inbox this afternoon, and it’s the most beautiful bit of writing I have seen in a long while. Nobody writes like this these days–who is it? I ask. Ah. Emma Goldman, writing in 1916. (hat tip to Eagainst.com, who also have the essay in Greek, if you prefer)

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