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What is deism? Is it possible?

Steve Zara - 13 February 2012 231 Comments

This is the subject of some personal research, and I hope this site will indulge me, as I'm sure it can be an interesting discussion topic. I see that Richard along with other atheists don't...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING, RELIGION

The Blind Watchmaker-Maker

Steve Zara - 13 January 2012 211 Comments

Arguments for a creator god aren't always as convincing as they might at first seem, even on their own terms. Here is one of the most well-known: In crossing a heath, suppose I pitched my foot...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, CRITICAL THINKING, EVOLUTION

The Atheist Wager

Steve Zara - 24 December 2011 13 Comments

I recently had a conversation about Islam, and I got the impression that if you didn't know you were sinful then you were safe from punishment by god. This reminded me of a similar point of view at...

TAGGED: FAITH SCHOOLS, RELIGION

What are you agnostic about?

Steve Zara - 14 November 2011 274 Comments

Agnosticism isn't only about uncertainty, although it may seem like it is. To be agnostic is to be open to possibilities, to accept that reality may not be the way you believe it is. It's also...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

There can be no evidence for God (revisited)

Steve Zara - 30 July 2011 333 Comments

With time, some arguments can become simpler. I'm optimistic that this is the case with arguments I put forward last year on the subjects of theism and the supernatural, and so it's worth...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, PHILOSOPHY, REASON

The WTF Fallacy, and others

Steve Zara - 26 June 2011 118 Comments

Some (I think) new fallacies of argumentation I have encountered. They may not all be new, but I believe most are. They are fallacies that are too stupid to have made it onto usual lists of...

TAGGED: REASON, RELIGION

Brain Simulations - an ethical issue

Steve Zara - 24 June 2011 404 Comments

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13577120 There can be few competitions with such a rich prize - a massive one billion euros. That's what a team of European scientists are aiming to win. In...

TAGGED: MEDICINE, MORALITY

Down with Secularism!

Steve Zara - 19 June 2011 98 Comments

Secularism is commonly stated as a goal of Humanists and atheists. It seems like an awfully good idea, with faith kept out of state business, and yet individual and group expression of religious...

TAGGED: SECULARISM

When the magic works

Steve Zara - 18 May 2011 38 Comments

I'm still finding myself in discussions about what the supernatural is. To help show again why I consider that the supernatural is beyond the reach of evidence, I'll try and show what the...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING, SCIENCE

Why Multiverses don't help with Fine Tuning

Steve Zara - 02 May 2011 223 Comments

It's often said that the idea of a multiverse helps to solve the supposed problem of “fine tuning”. The apparent unlikeliness of the values of physical constants in our universe, the values that...

TAGGED: PHILOSOPHY, SCIENCE

God and grounding

Steve Zara - 26 April 2011 70 Comments

Theology is a fertile source of statements that seem to have meaning but when you look at them closely they are revealed as empty. There is a particular class of such statements that turns up...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING, RELIGION

Yes, we do have free will, and here's why

Steve Zara - 15 April 2011 316 Comments

There are very many who have written wise words about free will who are far more knowledgeable than I, but there is one point about free will that I think can be easily explained and that could...

TAGGED: PHILOSOPHY, REASON

How to debate theology: Jonathan Miller vs. Denys Turner

Steve Zara - 31 March 2011 84 Comments

It's hard to deal with theologians in debate. They aren't using the same kind of language as scientists. They are using outdated philosophy combined with appeals to emotion. Again and again we...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, DEBATE POINTS, RELIGION

Down with the supernatural! But why?

Steve Zara - 19 March 2011 130 Comments

So the supernatural is bunk, and god is beyond proof. That's what I believe, and my position is shared by other (but not all) Gnus. What now? What's the point of all this? For me it's...

TAGGED: COMMENTARY, CRITICAL THINKING, RELIGION

Are you a Gold Atheist?

Steve Zara - 19 February 2011 243 Comments

I have been wondering what happens to a New Atheist with time. Already New Atheism appears to have morphed into Gnu Atheism, which may be either a homonymn of new or an indication of the substantial...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, CRITICAL THINKING, DEBATE POINTS, RELIGION

On the edge of nothingness

Steve Zara - 05 February 2011 22 Comments

Some look at the world we live in and see it maintained, full of purpose. Let's follow a rough history of our reality and a possible future history as well, and see what things look like. The...

TAGGED: PHYSICS, SCIENCE, SPACE

Dear PZ, Hitler was a vegetarian

Steve Zara - 31 January 2011 12 Comments

Yes, I realise I have probably doomed any discussion, because the first sentence has broken Godwin's Law . But here I go anyway. I hear that you don't like "dictionary people", especially when it...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, COMMENTARY, DEBATE POINTS

A clockwork revolution

Steve Zara - 26 January 2011 269 Comments

There have been long and fruitful discussions about the nature of mind and consciousness on RichardDawkins.net. I will try here to express the nature of the problem of mind, and the consequences of...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING, SCIENCE

The Sign of Abuse

Steve Zara - 29 December 2010 196 Comments

Across the world, children are being shown torture. Even the youngest minds are being terrified. This isn't something going in the shadows, it is open and it is explicit. The implements of pain...

TAGGED: MORALITY, POLITICS, RELIGION

Roast Dinosaur at Christmas

Steve Zara - 24 December 2010 21 Comments

I was shopping in a local Morrisons when the label on a packet of frozen food caught my eye: "Turkey dinosaurs". They are some vague pulp of turkey made into dinosaur shapes so as to appeal to...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION