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Right for the Wrong Reasons?

There’s a famous definition of knowledge, attributed to Plato, that says knowledge is Justified True Belief (1).  One of the points of Justified True Belief is that it is not sufficient for an idea to be right, it must be … Continue reading

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National Center for Science Education

Quote: “The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents, and concerned citizens working to keep evolution and climate science in public school science education. We educate the press and … Continue reading

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What’s a Thinking Social Primate to do?

We climb the trees in search of fruit, pick critters off each other’s back, keep the little ones safe, and hope to mate one in a while.  But that’s the stuff of animals.  We get that for free.  Sure, we … Continue reading

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Evolutionist Through and Through

They started calling us atheists a long time ago, unable to sense the double-negation through the fog of their own confusion: we didn’t believe in something that doesn’t exist.  Nowadays there’s a bunch of them calling us (some of us) … Continue reading

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Any Port In A Storm?

This is about the fictional world views that many humans embrace, and how they need, seek and find validation to feel existentially whole without the solace of axiomatic knowledge and rational thought. The universe is a really big and complex … Continue reading

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Are You Living In Your Imagination?

My Stammtisch recently delved into the idea that people’s world views are infused with their imagining of things to varying degrees, some a little, some a lot.  I know it took me years to break out of wanting the world … Continue reading

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How Much Supernatural Can You Tolerate?

The person sitting on your left on the subway might believe that an unseen all-knowing white male is in control of the universe.  The person sitting to your right might believe in a vague ethereal interconnectedness in the universe that … Continue reading

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