Monday, August 27, 2012

List of arguments against physicalism about consciousness


Some of these arguments are clearly better than others. #5 seems like the best way, if only I could believe any of the data it cites in support. In contrast, #4 and #6 strike me as the weakest of the bunch; and #7 simply begs the question.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Guardian: Atheism Itself Isn't a Movement


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Off-Topic: Woman's Missing Fingers Grow Back in Phantom Form

This has no connection to naturalistic atheism, but this story reminds me why I find the science of neuroscience so fascinating.
McGeoch said the study indicates there is a hardwired representation in the brain of what the body should look like, regardless of how it actually appears in real life. It showed more about the balance between the external and innate representations of a limb, he said.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Is Evil Evidence for God?

(Another backlog item)
Over at The Secular Outpost, I recently blogged about a 'turnaround' argument used by some critics of the argument from evil (AE). According to this turnaround argument, not only is evil not evidence against God's existence, but evil is evidence for God's existence. In this post, I want to examine one specific attempt to use this strategy, by Melinda Penner at Stand to Reason.

My basic plan will be as follows:

1. Provide an overview of a specific version of the argument from evil.
2. Provide an overview of Melinda's use of the turnaround strategy.
3. Assess the evidential value of Melinda's turnaround strategy against the argument from evil.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Three Debate Invitations in One Week, But I'm Not Currently Debating

In the last week, I've received an amazing three separate invitations to participate in some kind of debate! (See here, here, and here.) Alas, as I mentioned in my very belated post on a possible Craig-Lowder debate, I'm not actively participating in the debate circuit right now. The two main obstacles are (1) I've been out of the loop for quite a while, having only just recently returned to the blogosphere; and (2) I don't have the time needed to prepare for and devote to a debate.

I do hope to do more debates in the future, but that is probably years, not months, away.