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Conversation from the Pale Blue Dot

June 21, 2010


As I mentioned earlier, I have just recently done an interview with Luke Muehlhauser. It is now up on the Common Sense Atheism website. Luke and I cover a lot of territory in the talk, basically running over the breadth of most of my research. I’d be interested to hear what people think of it. […]

Common Sense Atheism interview

May 13, 2010


Luke Muehlhauser runs a podcast series of interviews with various philosophers and scientists that focuses on issues connected to atheism – one of his previous guest was Graham Oppy, who is an Australian atheist philosopher of religion and, as it happens, the guy who helped John Bigelow supervise my doctorate. The discussions tend to be […]

O’Hear’s Tensions

February 17, 2010


As I’ve mentioned in a couple of posts, I attended a conference toward the end of last year during which Anthony O’Hear presented a paper. Afterwards, I wrote a lengthy paper, “Evolution, cognition, value: the ingredients for a naturalist philosophy”, critiquing his views and putting forward an alternative, naturalist view. The paper will probably be […]

Behavioral & Brain Sciences article available

February 12, 2010


The McKay and Dennett article and discussion in BBS 32.6 is now available on the web, including my own commentary to it. The other commentaries are nearly all as interesting. One thing that I found particularly striking was that many of the authors seem to be now moving toward the kind of dual inheritance explanation […]

A couple of older posts about religion

February 6, 2010


I am getting ready to head off to Budapest, where I am going to give a talk to the Philosophy crowd at the Central European University this Tuesday. I have been trawling the net for some things and come across again a couple of posts about religion that I found most interesting when I’d originally […]

In the works

January 27, 2010


I have been working on the much delayed habilitationschrift recently but, also, have been writing a few other things that are tied to the book and are responding to things others have written. One thing I have mentioned is a Behavioral and Brain Sciences commentary on an article by Ryan McKay and Dan Dennett concerning […]

Naturalist accounts of religion and evidence for God’s existence

September 22, 2009


Another issue that was raised during question time after my Bristol talk was that of the evidence for the existence of God. One of my main points is that religions try to protect their claims against counterevidence, making it also unlikely that any evidence for such claims can be obtained in their normal social context. […]