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

Chapter 1 – Vacillating the Semblances

YouTube video here: Chapter 1 - Vacillating the Semblances In this second lecture of Less Than Nothing, we are starting the first chapter, which is the first of three chapters in Part 1 — The Drink Before, and entitled “Vacillating the Semblances”. In Vacillating the Semblances we are going to be focused mostly on what … Continue reading Chapter 1 – Vacillating the Semblances

The Real of Ayahuasca Visions

The following are narrative representations of the phenomenal content of ayahuasca visions.  These representations attempt to capture a depth and richness of cognitive activity that are admittedly "beyond representation".  The context of these descriptions are as follows: Each of the three events were the first three events of my personal experience experimenting with the states-of-mind … Continue reading The Real of Ayahuasca Visions

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

What Is More of a Threat to Science: Scientific Racism or Unscientific Creationism?

As an evolutionary anthropologist, I am uniquely situated within science to encounter racist and/or creationist thought.  Evolutionary anthropology produces the authoritative story of who we are and where we came from.  As such, it is impossible to de-politicize the subject.  It is also impossible to achieve complete objectivity.  The narrative evolutionary anthropologists construct of our … Continue reading What Is More of a Threat to Science: Scientific Racism or Unscientific Creationism?

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

Creationism in Public Schools

Creationism in Public Schools Creationism is still commonly taught in biology classrooms throughout North America.  Several states teach it 'along side' evolution.  What role should religion play in public school?  And specifically how should biology teachers approach creationist philosophy in class? Full Article: Creationism in Public Schools in The Advanced Apes

Evolutionary Thought Pre-Darwin Pt. 1

Evolutionary Thought Pre-Darwin Pt. 1 Intellectuals have been discussing the idea of biological evolution for much longer than is generally believed.  Evolutionary thought has its roots in ancient Eurasian intellectual traditions and was widely discussed for centuries before the rise of Christianity. Full Article: Evolutionary Thought Pre-Darwin Pt.1 on The Advanced Apes