All Blog Posts Tagged 'philosophy' (61)

What's Atheism Got To Do With It? Why Automatically Tagging Philosophy To Atheism Is A Bad Idea.

"So, you're an atheist. What does that mean other than you think you are a gift to the world?"

"How can you call yourself an atheist and support abortion?"

"Atheist men tend to be misogynists."

"Where do you get the right to determine what is right or not? You're an…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 7, 2014 at 10:50am — 13 Comments

Demythologizing Science and Religion (cont'd)

Several people have questioned the dominance of mechanistic thought in the sciences, and I must admit that my understanding of the scientific community comes from reading historical accounts and from conversations with scientific colleagues who began their careers half a century or more ago now -- and from reading works by scientists whose belief systems also go back a number of decades.

The gist of the conversations I recall was that people without an acknowledged commitment…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on July 25, 2014 at 7:36am — No Comments

Demythologizing Science and Religion

The usual way of creating a myth is very straightforward: You simply take an entity as it has come to be defined in ordinary experience and grandly alter some of its basic attributes to remove its limitations.

In Christianity, for example, the god myth was created by…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on July 20, 2014 at 10:15am — 4 Comments

Tending the Epicurean Garden

My new book Tending the Epicurean Garden is now live on amazon. I am very thrilled that, after the many months of hard work that went into the book, I'm finally able to take others on this adventure with me to discover Epicureanism on its own terms.

There are sources on Epicureanism, but many are indirect and some are hostile. It's important for us in the Epicurean movement that…

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Added by Hiram on June 11, 2014 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Are we Dancing Bears?

http://edwardteach100.blogspot.com/2014/04/are-we-dancing-bears.html

If you want to understand a species, observe the behaviors of it's members over time. Bears have specific behaviors that have been exhibited throughout bear history. Bears forage, hibernate, are omnivorous, and so on. While the reactions of one bear in a particular situation may be unpredictable, the…

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Added by Edward Teach on April 16, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Society of Epicurus on Tumblr

http://societyofepicurus.tumblr.com/

The above link is to the tumblr page; it has many shareable secular humanist memes, links to articles, quotes, etc. that can be easily shared on social media.  Please share them!

Added by Hiram on March 19, 2014 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

Happy 20th!, the newsletter for the Society of Friends of Epicurus, is live

January 2014 saw the inaugural issue of the Society of Friends of Epicurus’ newsletter, titled Happy 20th.  SFE is the first contemporary attempt a Humanist missionary work of this kind and is dedicated to the teaching mission of the Epicurean Gardens.  If you’re interested in Humanism, philosophy, prudence, criticizing consumerism, living a frugal and simple…

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Added by Hiram on February 1, 2014 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

On Why Philosophical Materialism Matters

Originally posted in the Society of Friends of Epicurus page.

Karl Marx’s fascination with the ancient atomists led him to base his dissertation on Democritus and Epicurus: an early symptom of his future career as a materialist philosopher.  However, from their respective vantage points in history, Marx and Epicurus both reacted against…

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Added by Hiram on December 24, 2013 at 6:15pm — No Comments

"Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!

A few months ago, The New York Times published a bizarre opinion piece by philosopher Gary Gutting called Did Zeus Exist? With apparent earnestness, Gutting argues that not only did the ancient Greeks have good reason to believe in the existence of Zeus (and presumably their other gods) but that we should take seriously the possibility that they might just have been right. Not that they were right, but that…

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Added by Scott McGreal on October 10, 2013 at 2:53am — 5 Comments

Great Greek Humanist Sermon (English Subtitles)

Added by Hiram on July 14, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments

Project discourse: basic ideas

For an introduction to this project please see this post.

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Here's a string of ideas I aim to draw on to create discourse for thinking about ourselves as having evolved:

  1. There's nothing in the universe except:

       -  matter acted on by physics

       -  whatever's involved…
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Added by Shaun Johnston on April 13, 2013 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Why Religion Persists

Professionally I advertise myself as a “language expert,” which is quite accurate (see www.language-expert.net ), and I get a wide range of contacts from attorneys and private citizens regarding anonymous letters, plagiarism, contract interpretation, copyright infringement, and other issues where money, reputation, or something else of value is at stake. 

I also get questions about grammar and usage, which I answer gratis, just to…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 11, 2013 at 2:30pm — 32 Comments

The Existential Meaning of "Groundhog Day"

“Now that I’ve shed my skin completely, One true reality alone exists.”

Zen saying

 

Zen monk: “How should I escape birth and death?” Zen Master Shih-kung: “What is the use of escaping it?”

 

“In this world, we eat, shit, sleep and wake up.  After that all we have to do is die.”

Inkyu

 

Once again it’s Groundhog Day, which was nothing more than a rather witless locally-oriented celebration (and an American…

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Added by Alan Perlman on February 2, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Whitewashing Hell: or why belief in Hell is still not very nice

There has been some discussion about the topic of Hell over at Psychology Today recently. (I have a blog there by the way in case anyone's interested!) You might even say it's a hot topic! (Sorry.) Psychologist Nathan Heflick wrote about the psychological aspects of the subject…

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Added by Scott McGreal on December 23, 2012 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

The Bankruptcy of the Free Will Defense

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In the philosophical competition of worldviews many Christians use the "free will defense" as a way to excuse their god's apparent moral negligence in this world. Supposedly the value of free will is greater than whatever evils may result from establishing moral beings who have this opportunity to do both good and evil and suffer or profit as a result of it. I've taken the liberty of assembling all of my analysis of this popular move of theirs. Enjoy.…

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Added by Ben on December 21, 2012 at 9:10am — No Comments

The unknown purpose of the universe

Some philosophers, such as Richard Swinburne have argued that there is evidence from fine tuning that the specific laws of physics that allow intelligent life forms to exist are so improbable that it is plausible that these laws were fine tuned by god in order that intelligent life forms could exist (Leslie, 1990). Swinburne argued that a good god would have particular reason to will that beings such as humans could come to exist, e.g. so that we could develop…

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Added by Scott McGreal on August 2, 2012 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Angry Atheist in MO - Morals and ethics without rules (3)

(Note: I decided to change the title - it's one of the great things about episodes! They're adaptable.)

Following the suggestion of AN's own Steph S., I lurked moar before continuing this series on atheist morals and ethics. I'm glad I did. In addition to the discussion Steph S. started, which I found edifying, I was also…

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Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 23, 2012 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

Angry Atheist in MO - Morals and ethics in atheistic anarchy (2)

Last time: I blazed through the observation that a-theism and an-archy share certain similarities, both in how each word is defined, and how each idea is redefined by its critics in order to dismiss either without addressing the problems each poses for ethics. I concluded by mentioning that these redefinitions serve to cut each idea off from the moral center of the individual. This time, I'll clarify what I mean by that, and introduce my thesis - tentatively one could call this a theory of…

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Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 22, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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