Joseph Hilton has not received any gifts yet
There is one matter I should fess up to before my blog project here goes any further.
In the eBook I have put together, I have framed the worldview material I want to get around to discussing as a project to find the person with the best mind on the planet (which I cleverly christened as The BMOP Challenge).
I'm not really concerned with justifying the substance of the project, but I would like to make the tone of the challenge clear -- which I can best do by telling…Continue
We always act on some mixture of facts and beliefs. It's just a question of how rich the mixture is with facts.
Life being the way it is, though, there is probably no issue that doesn't involve some element of belief because just thinking that we have all of the facts in a given case is itself a belief that is a part of the fact-belief mixture.
But as convoluted as the issue can become, there are commonsense rules to apply -- a prime one being that the more fundamental the…Continue
Atheists, by and large, have let their opponents define them in the public mind by what they do not believe. And I strongly suspect that actually is a fair way to describe most atheists.
But there is another breed of atheist: An atheist with a body of positive beliefs that either makes the existence of god irrelevant or implies that god does not exist.
An atheist of this sort can fairly be called a technical atheist…Continue