John B Hodges's Blog (52)

Campaign for 2012?

This will sound like a joke. But I'm asking everyone to consider it seriously.



Suppose that lots of us on the left half of the political spectrum pulled together an independent campaign, not connected to the Democratic Party. We set up an organization, raise money, recruit volunteers, print buttons and bumper stickers and lawn signs and all that, organize rallies and marches, spend money on media ads if we get enough to do that. With this theme:



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Added by John B Hodges on August 19, 2011 at 2:24pm — 2 Comments

1995 essay: Why I am a former Objectivist and former Libertarian.

Nov. 12, 1995; Why I am a former Objectivist and former Libertarian. 



Mike Huben writes: (begin quote)

One of my eventual projects for my Critiques of Libertarianism web site

is to present something on folks who have left, like yourself. If you

have any material about why people leave, including your own personal

history, I'd be very interested to get ahold of it. What first cracks

the certainty, what conspicuously doesn't work, what was the turnoff,…
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Added by John B Hodges on August 3, 2011 at 1:46pm — 6 Comments

The Ethics of Jesus

 

This is something I wrote Spring 2004. Please forward as you think

appropriate. -John B. Hodges.

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Added by John B Hodges on May 27, 2011 at 6:12am — 5 Comments

Defining Five Terms

August 21, 1998. Defining five terms. Rand used the term "objective" differently than most philosophers.



Some definitions, from Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition.



OBJECTIVE: ... in the realm of sensible experience, independent of individual thought and perceptible by all observers; having reality independent of the mind.... perceptible to persons other than the affected individual... OBJECTIVISM: an ethical theory that moral good is objectively real or…

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Added by John B Hodges on March 13, 2011 at 1:48pm — 3 Comments

A Short Reply for an "Objective Basis for Ethics"

On Friday March 4, there was an article on a right-wing Christian site:

Atheists Targeting Nation With Godless Media Blitz



WRITTEN BY DAVE BOHON



FRIDAY, 04 MARCH 2011



<http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/culture/family/6571-atheists-targeting-nation-with-godless-media-blitz>…
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Added by John B Hodges on March 13, 2011 at 6:49am — 2 Comments

Rand's "Epistemological Argument"

Preface: The following essay was written in 1998, for the IOS discussion list. More recently I have had an exchange of views on an Objectivist site called "Noodlefood" where they (1) claimed that I had totally misunderstood Rand's argument (2) refused to present her argument, saying only that the choice of whether to live or die was **FUNDAMENTAL**, and that I should go back and do my homework. I have added a postscript at the bottom, in reply to these…

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Added by John B Hodges on February 6, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Instant-Runoff malfunctions in Burlington, Vermont

Just for the record, I'd like subscribers of this list to be aware of

the 2009 Mayor's election in Burlington, Vermont (USA).





http://rangevoting.org/Burlington.html


Candidate(Party)..............1st Round.........2nd Round.....Final

Bob KISS(Progr)................2585(29%).........2981.............4313 (wins)

Kurt…
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Added by John B Hodges on November 7, 2010 at 2:27am — No Comments

News: Openly Atheist Candidate runs for Congress in Virginia (forwarded material)

(Begin forwarded material)





-------- Original Message --------

Subject: Openly Atheist Candidate Runs







http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2010/10/openly_atheist_candidate_runs.php





*Openly Atheist Candidate Runs Against Forbes …



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Added by John B Hodges on October 12, 2010 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

On Philosophical Arguments for God

(JBH) Greetings- I have a thought I'd like to toss out for discussion.


A blogger I read recently said he had "backslid" from atheism to agnosticism, because he had read a new and improved version of a certain philosophical argument for the existence of God. He was aware that many such arguments have been refuted, and some past refutations have been overcome by revisions in the pro-god arguments, and so forth. There are still some professional philosophers…
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Added by John B Hodges on September 19, 2010 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

Passive and Active Atheism

PASSIVE AND ACTIVE ATHEISM



Atheism is often defined as "the absence of god-beliefs". This

definition is useful in debate, because it does not assume any burden of…

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Added by John B Hodges on August 29, 2010 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Deconstructing "Christian" Morality: Leaflet, Jesus' Ethics in Ten Easy Lessons

Those who claim to believe in "absolute" moralities usually don't actually follow them, and don't even pretend to try.


A few years back I decided to study the ethical teachings of Jesus. I sat down with a notebook and pen and a Bible, and (over the course of a week, off and on) read through the four Gospels, taking note every time Jesus said something about what we should DO. I skipped through the biography,…
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Added by John B Hodges on August 3, 2010 at 1:52pm — No Comments

"Ought". Where I part ways with Objectivism.

August 16, 1998. First post to IOS discussion list. All "oughts" are
hypothetical.


Greetings-
I do not call myself an Objectivist (large "O"), because I differ on
a number of significant points. Rather, I call myself a Secular
Humanist, and at times a Freethinker. These are broader terms,
referring to larger sets, than Objectivist. All Objectivists qualify
as Secular Humanists, and all Humanists…
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Added by John B Hodges on July 30, 2010 at 4:13am — 10 Comments

Stuff I've written on abortion



Some reposts from my "attic":

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(JBH) I'm bewildered by this argument. (That this argument happens at all.)…

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Added by John B Hodges on July 24, 2010 at 11:22am — No Comments

Sequential Reincarnation

I received a revelation from God last Thursday.


God has decided that the system of Heaven and Hell was just not working. Torturing prisoners had grown boring, and hymns of praise even more boring. So he has abolished Heaven and Hell and set up a new system of sequential reincarnation. When you die, your soul will go to the back of a line. When you reach the front of the line, you go into the next available human body.


He has declared…
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Added by John B Hodges on July 24, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Who is the Enemy?

(This was written shortly after September 11, 2001, for a general audience.)


I've followed, more or less, the discussions about who the "enemy" is, in the "war on terrorism"; the "Clash of Civilizations" thesis, and so forth. I confess I think of it in different terms. The enemy is theocracy. It comes in Islamic, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, AND secular forms.


The freethinking, skeptical, scientific "frame of mind" is functionally and…
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Added by John B Hodges on July 12, 2010 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Jesus on Hell

I have sometimes encountered Christians who argue that the concept of a fiery Hell was not part of Jesus' original teaching; rather that it was introduced some centuries later by Church theologians. For easy reference, I have collected the following.
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Matt 3:12…

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Added by John B Hodges on July 12, 2010 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Atheist Ethics in 500 Words

ATHEIST ETHICS IN 500 WORDS. John B. Hodges, Dec. 21, 2007.


How can you have any ethics if you don't believe in God?


The question must BE questioned. How can you have any ethics if you DO believe in a god?


Religious folk misunderstand morality at its roots. Religion teaches a child's view of ethics, that "being good" means "obeying your parent". Just as religious faith is believing what you are told, so…
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Added by John B Hodges on July 12, 2010 at 1:07pm — 2 Comments

"The Rapture Has Already Happened"

I propose, as an idea for a bumper sticker, "The Rapture has already happened."



Elsewhere on this blog I have posted an essay, "The Ethics of Jesus", in which I reported what I had found by collecting everything Jesus is reported to have said about what we should DO. I…

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Added by John B Hodges on July 10, 2010 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Corliss Lamont's Definition of Humanism

August 24, 1997. Corliss Lamont's definition of Humanism.


Recently I sent in my dues to join the American Humanist Association. They sent me a "welcome packet" including the Humanist Manifestos I and II, and a book, THE PHILOSOPY OF HUMANISM, by Corliss Lamont. First published in 1949, considered a classic. (Copyright currently held by Half-Moon Foundation, Inc; all rights reserved.)


There is a lot in that book, but I thought I would…
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Added by John B Hodges on July 10, 2010 at 8:45pm — No Comments

Determinism Irrelevant

Years ago I decided that the issue of "free will vs. determinism" is irrelevant to questions of ethics, and untestable with respect to matters of science. Since then I have tried to avoid wasting time on it. But it comes up every now and then in Freethinker circles, and many people are lured into arguing at length over it.


Our ordinary practice is to ascribe "free will" to beings which are conscious and intelligent. "Conscious" meaning that they have an internal…
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Added by John B Hodges on July 7, 2010 at 2:33pm — 13 Comments

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