Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Life-Unfriendly Design

I listened to May 1, 2010 episode of Unbelievable? while I was mowing the lawn today, and as always it was a valuable experience. The non-Christian guest was Stephen Law, a philosopher at the University of London, and one of my favorite bloggers. The topic was about Science and God, although they ranged quite a bit farther, because both Dr. Law (Great name! Don't you expect him to be a masked vigilante, fighting crime with twin .45s and an insight into epistemology?) and the Christian guest, Dennis Alexander, made the standard digressions this kind of show always has.

One thing that came up in life was that old saw that the universe is well-suited to life. This is one of those big lies that people repeat but never think about.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

One Thousand Thursday Words -- Euthyphro's Dilemma

People have often accused the "New Atheists" of using old arguments against religion, and these people are right. Apart from Victor Stenger's hard-line, physics-based arguments, every argument the new polemicists raise against religion are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old.

A Picture of Mohammed

First, just to get this out of the way:

Mohammed, as shown on our US Supreme Court.

Not the best rendition, but it makes up in verve what it loses in swerve.