Those of you have been following my writing for years know that I am very cautious about questioning another person’s integrity. (If you’re not familiar with, do a search on Jeff Lowder, William Lane Craig, and dishonesty or lying.) But this time I have stumbled across something so egregious I am having a very hard time coming … Are Norm Geisler and Frank Turek Dishonest?
I began this series with a Bayesian interpretation of arguments from silence and then proceeded to use that interpretation to evaluate various arguments from silence about Jesus and God. In this post, I want to assess an argument from silence that is extremely popular with anti-evolutionists, an argument I call the “missing links” argument. If we abbreviate … The Argument from Silence, Part 8: The Missing Links Argument against Biological Evolution
I met a fellow skeptic at a Starbucks a month or two ago. We recently bumped into each other, had a brief chat, and I found out that he was also interested in questions about the historical Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and the historicity of Jesus. He was especially interested in my thoughts about … Some Skeptical Thoughts on the Resurrection
Here are some stupid apologetics tricks I’ve come across lately in things I’ve been reading. Feel free to add your own in the combox. If I like it enough, I may just add yours to the list! Stupid Apologetics Trick #1: (1) Really crappy debaters used stupid arguments and objections against H. (2) Therefore, H … Stupid Apologetics Tricks
I finally found what I was looking for. Sean B. Carroll, the noted evolutionary biologist, author, and vice-president for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, delivered a presentation at a 2012 conference on science denialism. He listed 6 arguments employed by science denialists that could be applied to almost any subject. They come … Sean B. Carroll’s List of 6 Arguments Used by Science Denialists
I remember a few years ago there was a link posted on this blog, possibly by me, to an off-site article talking about themes in the arguments used by people who deny science. But I cannot find it, even when I manually go through old posts. Does this ring a bell?
Reader GGDFan77 asked me for my thoughts on the exchange between Dr. Richard Carrier, who I respect and consider a friend, and Dr. Luke Barnes regarding fine-tuning arguments. I initially responded in a series of comments in the combox for my post about Hugh Ross’s estimates for the probability of life-permitting prebiotic conditions. But those … The Carrier-Barnes Exchange on Fine-Tuning
One of my favorite blogs, Philosophical Disquisitions, just announced the Philosophical Disquisitions Journal Club. Essentially, it will work like any normal academic journal club wherein academic papers are read and critically analysed and discussed by a group of interested people. So every month a paper will be nominated (by me or someone else), those who … The Philosophical Disquisitions Journal Club