Question asked here Because they learn that subjectivity exists. Both categories are – if I should say this as a historian – relatively new. The preceding concept was one of the truth, the full truth versus any half truth of mistaken... Read More | Share it now!
Statement on the death of CC friend and colleague Bassel Khartabil
by Ryan Merkley, August 1, 2017 https://creativecommons.org/2017/08/01/bassel/ [see also our previous post http://positivists.org/blog/archives/5296] We are deeply saddened and completely outraged to learn today that our friend and colleague Bassel... Read More | Share it now!
Ein kurzer Zwischenruf gegen das angeblich so positive Engagement der Verschwörungstheoretiker
Das wäre schön, ist aber doch wohl am wenigsten der Fall. Verschwörungstheoretiker haben kein Interesse an irgendetwas, was ihnen selbst ein positives Engagement abverlangen könnte. Die Umweltzerstörung? – Verschwörungstheoretiker gehen über... Read More | Share it now!
What is the best answer to someone who says the universe is only 6,000 years old?
I had this problem more than once as a teacher of history with university students and there is one thing I found extremely effective: I ask them to contact the creationist author they admire the most, usually an expert who claims that he started as... Read More | Share it now!
Atheist Dogmatics (1): Atheism is not a belief but the *absence* of belief
Sorry to begin with this part of really tricky dogmatics. It will be a dance around minute decisions, but, promised!, of tremendous consequence (as any encounter with dogmatics – yes, I know). A tour with Godless Mom™ can, perhaps,... Read More | Share it now!
Lorraine J. Daston & Peter Galison, Objectivity (New York: Zone Books, 2007) | Review
Objectivity has a history, and it is full of surprises. In Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison chart the emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences—and show how the concept differs from its alternatives,... Read More | Share it now!
Some Thoughts on Objectivity, Subjectivity and Interpretation (1)
This was a recent Quora question and it keeps puzzling me. Is reality subjective or objective? If it is subjective is every interpretation of it correct? It is not that difficult to reject this question as what it is: an assumption supported by an... Read More | Share it now!
Drei Tage in einer Facebook-Hass-Gruppe “vernunftorientierter Atheisten”
Was brachte mich auf diese Seite? Gar keine so abwegige Frage. Eine Rekalibrierung meiner politischen Koordinaten durch Facebook, nachdem ich mich mit mehr Spaß mit einem Facebook Freund unterhielt, der hier schon war? Vernunftorientiere... Read More | Share it now!
Three Days in a Facebook Hate Group of “Atheists Guided by Reason”
How did I get into this group? And where is it gone all of a sudden? It has left my Facebook stream of notifications – I did not receive a note that I have been excommunicated. The content is “no longer available”, as if Facebook has... Read More | Share it now!
Some More Thoughts on Secular Humanism and Its Special Brand of Scientism
Stephen LeDrew’s Book on the Evolution of Atheism has apparently asked the right questions – if I read Patrik Lindenfors’s considerations at Humanistbloggen correctly. (The Google Translate English version is actually quite readable). What... Read More | Share it now!
Two documents with the power to anticipate the age of modern crowdfunding. The first is provided by Bernard Quaritch Ltd who are presently offering the original for the price of £200: A printed receipt with manuscript insertions dated Paris, 9... Read More | Share it now!
4 Years Later 400 Facebook Fans: Insight
We have silently taken the 400 fans threshold this week with our Facebook page. That is not very much and I will make this a silent post just with a bit of statistics and insight. We are making 100 new fans per year. You really do better with an... Read More | Share it now!
Yanis Varoufakis’ #DiEM25 – The European Union will be democratised. Or it will disintegrate!
“DiEM25 – The European Union will be democratised. Or it will disintegrate!” Nine pages of a classical manifesto in the tradition of André Breton’s memorable Surrealist Manifestos signed by by the DiEM25 movement. The letters are... Read More | Share it now!
Is Germany just really good at preventing terrorist attacks or do Islamic terrorists just not choose to attack them?
Quora, and I have once again no clue whether it makes sense to give all the answers anyone could give. Perhaps in order to state that even Islamic terrorism might not be completely irrational, a simple dehumanization, the result of the Quran now taken... Read More | Share it now!
And finally the biscuit
From my Twitter stream – and so sad: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. pic.twitter.com/2KEgrXQ9CJ — Rapture Oct 7th 2015 (@oct7th2015Rapt) December 17, 2015 ... Read More | Share it now!
Fighting terrorism – we are making friends again
These are the present calls to register for the German Army and to get involved in the “global war on terrorism” — pictures taken at Gotha’s train station, 2015. “You will not extinguish the fires of the world with... Read More | Share it now!
Why I am already fed up with #Praying4Paris
All this #Praying4Paris is already getting on my nerves (just as the atheist counter memes, that we’d all be happier in a world without religious fanatics). What we are watching here is a massive production of wool that is immediately creeping into... Read More | Share it now!
Patheos | An Interview with Dale McGowan, managing editor of the Patheos Atheist Channel
The following is an interview with Dale McGowan, managing editor, of the Atheist Channel on Patheos – an interview about what is probably the most exciting web platform of inter- and supra-religious dialogue to be found on the web:... Read More | Share it now!
Designed to Mislead Its Own Believers: The Creationist Bible
David Rives posted this wonderful meme on Twitter with the offer to illustrate Isaiah 40:22. "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth." – Isaiah 40:22 pic.twitter.com/iPD2Fjqs8l — David Rives (@TheDavidRives) September... Read More | Share it now!
Must Christianity be Empirically Falsifiable? A Reply to Dave Armstrong
Must Christianity be Empirically Falsifiable? It was the subtitle that caught my attention in Dave Armstrong’s recent Patheos post: — …in Order to be Rationally Held? Positivist Myths and Fallacies Debunked by Philosophers and... Read More | Share it now!