The God Delusion: Towards a Materialist Atheist Synthesis

YouTube video here: The God Delusion: Towards a Materialist Atheist Synthesis I this [article] I want to both introduce you to an interesting tension in modern philosophical theory and also introduce you to a potentially interesting new way to approach this tension. The tension I am speaking about is the tension of the existence or … Continue reading The God Delusion: Towards a Materialist Atheist Synthesis

Underselling Science

Underselling Science I am an atheist, and I care about the way non-religious belief is communicated by atheists to the public.  Over the years, I have become increasingly disappointed with the way atheists explain our origins to the public.  In the future, I hope that we stop underselling how much science knows about “how we … Continue reading Underselling Science

Welcome to the Strange World of Ken Ham

Welcome to the Strange World of Ken Ham Ken Ham is a Young-Earth Creationist (YEC) and president of the Creation Museum.  On August 29th he released a response video to Bill Nye's viral Big Think video re: the dangers of teaching creationism to children.  Within his response we get a chance to dissect what it … Continue reading Welcome to the Strange World of Ken Ham

Why New Religions?

Why New Religions? Despite the recent global decline in traditional religious belief, new religious movements (NRMs) have grown significantly over the past 50 years.  Why have they become such a dominant cultural force in the western world?  And what can be done to reduce their continued growth? Full Article: Why New Religions? on The Advanced … Continue reading Why New Religions?

The God Hypothesis

The God Hypothesis God is essentially a hypothesis.  Throughout human history all populations assumed that the hypothesis was true (i.e., God exists).  However, during the scientific revolution and enlightenment, humans were able to test The God Hypothesis for the first time.  And it crumbled.  Full Article: The God Hypothesis on The Advanced Apes

Global Religiosity

Global Religiosity A recent global religiosity and atheism survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center.  The results indicate that overall religious belief is declining and atheism is growing.  However, most humans on the planet still adhere to a religion and that belief seems to be dependent on a number of predictable variables. Full Article: … Continue reading Global Religiosity

The Decline of Violence

The Decline of Violence Steven Pinker is a world-renowned psychologist and cognitive scientist.  In The Better Angels of Our Nature Pinker explores the history of human violence to attempt to understand if we have become more or less violent.  He approaches this topic from a multi-disciplinary perspective incorporating data from history, anthropology, biology, psychology, and … Continue reading The Decline of Violence

Disrespecting Social Theory

Disrespecting Social Theory A recent Gallup poll revealed that belief in creationism has not declined over the past few decades.  The majority of scientists have responded to this as a disturbing trend.  However, a few social scientists have pointed out that this trend may have more to do with cultural identity than it does with … Continue reading Disrespecting Social Theory