Recently and quite serendipitously I have been privy to a number of conversations between atheists and theists in which logical proofs from the imagination of the theist have claimed the efficacy of the transcendental argument and its many cousins for the existence of god. What is fundamentally wrong with the absolute reliance on philosophical “proofs” … Continue reading
Bill Gates Is Trying To Kill Africans!
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has been very active in Africa and has been responsible in no small part for the significant reduction of Malaria. Those of us who grew up in Malaria infested regions know how bad things were. I first contracted Malaria when I was 11, and that was considered late. For … Continue reading
The Case for Doubt
“Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt, for truth leads to reassurance and lies lead to uncertainty.” -From The Hadith Our beliefs are comfortable. They are the space in which we seek an inner refuge and create a sense of certainty in a life that more often than not … Continue reading
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that as a general rule I tend to disagree quite strongly with traditional biblical and quranic literalists. Amazingly, and disturbingly even in the 21st century antiquated concepts of acceptable punishment for what are now commonly accepted human behaviors still linger on. These range from burning in hell … Continue reading
To The Forgotten Women.
In 1927 the Belgian Catholic priest George Lemaitre proposed a model of an expanding universe that rejected Albert Einstein’s spatially finite cosmological model. This work, which is often attributed incorrectly to Edwin Hubble, became the theoretical basis for the model we currently adhere to. For his part Edwin Hubble was able to use the (by … Continue reading
How Warm Is Your “Why”?
A few months ago I purchased a new condo in downtown Montreal, and took possession of my first home determined to make it a livable space that reflected my incredible personality (umm.. yeah). I was immediately faced with the task of both conjuring up a vision of the space I would like to live in … Continue reading
A Life With Meaning
I’m often asked (as are many non-theists): “If you don’t believe in God what do you believe in?” It seems to me that the question being asked here is more than a question of origins. Rather it is a question of what my life’s purpose is. When approached this way even atheists wonder (perhaps more … Continue reading
Criticizing Religious Beliefs: What Karen Taught Me.
This past month I was fortunate to enjoy two very good conversations with two new acquaintances: Karen and Emily, whose world views couldn’t be further apart. While Karen identifies as a Christian with a biblical world view, though perhaps not in the literalist style of many fundamentalists, Emily was at best an agnostic theist. In … Continue reading
Five Things (I’ve learned) To Remember When Discussing Religion.
TAKE YOUR EGO OUT OF IT: At some point in any debate or argument both sides start to lose sight of the goal, which should of course should be to inch or leap closer to the objective truth. Instead we become invested in winning, because of course, that is what feels best to our egos. … Continue reading
What Happens When Critical Thinking Meets Superstition Early Enough?
“Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” These words were famously attributed to the Jesuit order and are as profound as they are disturbing. In essence the Jesuits (and I would argue most clergy of any religous persuasion) knew that indoctrinating a child as early as possible … Continue reading