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Potentially, the Atheist Nexus is home to many philosophers, professional or amateur. This group will be the place for them to debate philosophical standpoints, share new ideas, or help each other understand various philosophical propositions.

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The Philosophy Group on Atheist Nexus

Potentially, the Atheist Nexus is home to many philosophers, professional or amateur. This group will be the place for them to debate philosophical standpoints, share new ideas, or help each other understand various philosophical propositions.

Do you ever find yourself discussing the philosophy of science or the philosophy of mind, or do you ever consider yourself a cynic, an existentialist, a nihilist or a skeptic? Join up and launch yourself into interesting discussions and analyses. Connect with your fellow thinker!

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The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris

Started by Rodney A Sayre. Last reply by JP Carey Sep 4, 2013. 3 Replies

The Masochist's Wager

Started by Nathaniel Summers. Last reply by Steph S. Jan 7, 2013. 1 Reply

Can You Imagine Nothing?

Started by JP Carey. Last reply by Steph S. Dec 1, 2012. 3 Replies

Living the Examined Life

Started by JP Carey. Last reply by Steph S. Dec 1, 2012. 1 Reply

STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY UPDATES

Quantum Gravity

[Revised entry by Steven Weinstein and Dean Rickles on May 27, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Quantum Gravity, broadly construed, is a physical theory (still 'under construction') incorporating both the principles of general relativity and quantum theory. Such a theory is expected to be able to provide a satisfactory description of the microstructure of spacetime at the so-called Planck scale, at which all fundamental constants of the ingredient theories, c (the velocity of light in vacuo), ℏ (the reduced Planck's constant),...

Darwinism

[Revised entry by James Lennox on May 26, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Darwinism designates a distinctive form of evolutionary explanation for the history and diversity of life on earth. Its original formulation is provided in the first edition of On the Origin of Species in 1859. This entry first formulates 'Darwin's Darwinism' in terms of five philosophically distinctive themes: (i) probability and chance, (ii) the nature, power and scope of selection, (iii) adaptation and teleology, (iv) nominalism...

The Biological Notion of Self and Non-self

[Revised entry by Alfred Tauber on May 21, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Fundamental to biology are (1) defining the characteristics of identity, which distinguish individual organisms from those of similar kind, and (2) describing the mechanisms that defend organisms from their predators. Immunology is the science devoted to these problems. A progeny of late 19th-century microbiology and the clinical discipline of infectious diseases, immunology did not attain a formal theoretical construction until after World War II, when "the self" was introduced as the conceptual foundation of a new theory of immunity. In...

Johannes Kepler

[Revised entry by Daniel A. Di Liscia on May 21, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630) is one of the most significant representatives of the so-called Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries. Although he received only the basic training of a "magister" and was professionally oriented towards theology at the beginning of his career, he rapidly became known for his mathematical skills and theoretical creativity. As a convinced Copernican, Kepler was able to...

Temporal Logic

[Revised entry by Valentin Goranko and Antony Galton on May 20, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The term Temporal Logic has been broadly used to cover all approaches to representation and reasoning about time and temporal information within a logical framework, and also more narrowly to refer specifically to the modal-logic type of approach introduced around 1960 by Arthur Prior under the name of Tense Logic and subsequently developed further by many logicians and computer scientists. Applications of Temporal Logic include its use as a formalism for clarifying philosophical issues about time, as a framework within which to define the semantics of temporal expressions...

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Comment by Keith Brian Johnson on September 1, 2013 at 3:42am

I don't see a way to edit that, so just mentally add an end parenthesis at the end of the second paragraph.

Comment by Keith Brian Johnson on September 1, 2013 at 3:41am

No. No, no, no, and again, no. There is a lot of room between "Yes, God definitely exists," and "No, God definitely does not exist." Not all versions of God are logically impossible or even conflict with what we know about the world, and nobody halfway rational could absolutely rule out the possibility that one of the not-impossible versions of God exists. And that is enough to be claimed as agnostic.

Of course, this is a technical form of agnosticism. One cannot rule out the possibility that Santa Claus exists, either. (Maybe there's an invisibility shield cloaking his North Pole home, and maybe his sleigh has an anti-gravity device, and maybe he uses a Star Trek-style transporter to get into and out of homes, and maybe his bag reaches into a fourth spatial dimension and is therefore effectively bottomless, so that it can hold all of the presents he has to deliver, and maybe he has a time dilation device that slows the passage of time outside its bubble so that he can get to all the homes in one night, and so on.

Do I think human beings invented the idea of God? Sure. Of course. But if I say simply, "No, there is no God," theists jump on my statement as a statement of faith--"See? You have faith, too!"--and then think that nonbelief doesn't have any epistemological advantage over belief. I'd rather say that I do not see sufficient reason to think it's actually true that God exists, so that as a reasonable person, I don't believe that God exists, and that in the absence of such sufficient reason, nobody else should believe that God exists, either. But that's a mouthful. I'd love to find a quick way of saying that. So far, I haven't found one. "Nontheist" is a label I use, and perhaps "rational nontheist" would do. I'm unaware of a single, one-word label for my position, though.

Comment by D R Hosie on August 31, 2013 at 9:37pm

Why so many still claim to be agnostic.

Re-examining our God of the gaps

Comment by D R Hosie on August 24, 2013 at 1:38pm

For anyone still in the dark about Bradley Manning.

Bradley Manning's still a Good ol' Girl.

Comment by D R Hosie on August 20, 2013 at 6:11pm

Childhood religious indoctrination is Child Abuse.

Suffer not the little children

Comment by George Gordner III on August 3, 2013 at 11:01am

Existential Atheist

 

 

Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on March 14, 2013 at 4:35pm

Currently reading some of Jean Paul Sartre's fictional works.

Comment by JP Carey on October 16, 2012 at 2:34pm

Yes! I've made it home to here -I finally have some minds for conversations :)  Today I am 42yo, I've always been a thinker and alone. In fact I've spent 13 YEARS as a carpet cleaner STARING AT THE FLOOR, LOST IN THOUGHT.  In that time I've had some pretty profound ideas. amazing to be here, today

Comment by Smiley Courtney on September 21, 2011 at 8:13am

Board moderator;

You have some good sources here. Can you put up an expandable biblio? A place for us all to share books, etc. we've founf informative?

Comment by Bryon on December 11, 2010 at 3:24am

ummm... If you are a southerner you can crash on my couch for a night or so while you find your way out of hell....free even.

 

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