What’s In A (Nick)name?

At the men’s issue blog The Art of Manliness there was an interesting post recently which helped me make sense of two separate phenomena — the ubiquity of nicknames in groups of men and our affectionate use of put-downs — that have puzzled me before. The post briefly discussed various types of nicknames by introducing the […]

Atheism’s Bad Arguments: Who Designed The designer?

Atheists have bad arguments, too. Consider the perennial favorite “if God created everything, then who created God”? The supposedly fatal infinite regress (IR) has appeared in the writing of atheist icons Dawkins and Hitchens, not to mention in the comments threads of an uncountable number of internet debates.  I’m not guiltless either, as I frequently brandished […]

The First Roundup of Links

I’ve been reading a lot about the Enlightenment lately.  Here are some sources that have been useful: http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/hum_303/enlightenment.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/enlightenment/ All three are good, but the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (3rd link) is a particularly good resource on anything related to philosophy. Going hand in hand with this, I’ve also recently finished reading Candide by […]

Sam Harris on Death, I.

(Rough) Outline The reality of death and what it means (00:00 – 20:00) What is now? (21:30 – 25:00) Shifting perception and a small experiment (27:30 – 37:00) Consciousness and experience (37:30 – 40:00) Words of advice (40:15 – 45:00) Summary At the 2012 Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne Australia, Sam Harris delivered a talk […]