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We all practice Belief, and it Matters

August 10th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Daniel Dennett famously criticized “belief in belief” in the past: he pointed out that there are many things that many of us no longer believe, but that we still believe it to be good to believe in those things. Consider a series on The Guardian on the question of Should we believe in belief? But […]

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Joss Whedon on Faith and True Believers

March 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Joss Whedon (the guy behind Dr Horrible and Firefly, and recently Dollhouse) on Humanists as “True Believers”: This clip is relevant to the recent discussion as he talks about “faith” and points out that it isn’t the enemy. In fact, “faith” is important, faith is something we have to embrace he says in a wonderful […]

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Dan Dennett sez: Find Yerself a “god”!

July 13th, 2008 · 21 Comments

I wrote about Dan Dennet’s TED talk on memes before. Right now, I want to talk about a 25 second section out of it, between 5:00 and 5:25: I myself am a philosopher, and one of our occupational hazards is that people ask us what the meaning of life is. You have to have a […]

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The fool says in his heart, “There is no God”

March 7th, 2008 · 38 Comments

While taking a look at pages on quote mining, I came across a rather silly example of how the Bible could be quote mined. In Psalm 14 (NIV) the Bible says, “There is no God”. It does, really! Yea, quote mining can be absolutely ridiculous, not so? Refrain from quote mining. Quote mining is dishonest, […]

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A “New” Focus

March 2nd, 2008 · 10 Comments

Much of the high rate of posts on this blog come from a place of wondering what direction to take. I probably contradicted myself often. This weekend, as I was doing a couple of thesis corrections before final publication (highly depressing to make minor corrections to something that seems majorly weak), and as I was […]

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Humanism, Labels and Parenting

February 16th, 2008 · 37 Comments

Here is another wonderful definition of what a “humanist” is. This definition is what Dale McGowan (Parenting Beyond Belief, The Meming of Life) told his six year old daughter, when she asked. It comes from a post on labels: “A humanist is somebody who thinks that people should all take care of each other, and […]

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Are the Freethinkers, Free Thinking?

October 23rd, 2007 · 5 Comments

A Freethinking Maties General Assembly took place last night. There were nine new faces (more than half of those attending), and the direction the discussion took pleased me tremendously. Below I share some thoughts about the society, and mention some other groups, including Stellenbosch Humanists.

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The First Creationism Confrontation (the first of many…)

September 29th, 2007 · 9 Comments

After a nearly six hour session of listening and talking to creationists, I don’t know what to say. I have had ample warning about what it would be like, but did I really believe it? Yes, it was everything they said it would be. All the standard logical fallacies, all the standard tactics, reverse psychology, […]

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On Labelling Myself a Humanist

September 8th, 2007 · 17 Comments

I do hate labels, but they are necessary. Labels serve to classify things, and convey a lot of information in a word or two. As misleading as labels can be, they are necessary for good communication in a limited amount of time and space (for example, a tagline for a blog). Other than announcing I […]

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