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by Luke Muehlhauser on January 18, 2010 in News

I added 5 more debates to my atheism vs. theism debates page. Now with over 500 debates!

The Secret Life of Chaos is a superb BBC documentary on how simple things give rise to biology and intelligence.

Greta Christina on Why It’s So Tricky for Atheists to Debate with Believers.

Brief reminder: Radiolab is the greatest radio series of all time. They just published the first episode of their 7th season. And yeah, it’s awesome. Here are my favorite episodes.¬†Also, Philosophy Talk remains my second-favorite podcast.

Newly revised Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry: Darwinism.

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Nonchai January 19, 2010 at 2:12 am

Loved the article by Greta Christina.

As our opponents would say – “amen”,

I loved the RadioLab talk on multiverses by Brian Greene too, although ive not heard the rest in itunes yet but plan to.


Nonchai January 19, 2010 at 3:43 am

I listened to the Demski-Wolpert “debate”.

As an atheist and person keen on science, and knowing just how much of an authority Wolpert is in the area of evolution and cellular bology, I couldnt feel but annoyed at Wolpert for:being so terse and coming across as not having researched any of Demskis arguments.

He spent all his time asking searching questions and then listening to Demskis long waffly answers. Wolpert being a polite old english gentleman also let Demski cut in all the time and hog the show and failed to press him , butit also seems as if Wolpert didnt particularly care to to speak much.

Even if he is an expert – he came off as ( maybe rightly ) assuredly dismissive of the whole ID enterprise without actually tearing down demskis examples of so called design.

I’ve heard wolert in debate before and it seems to me he shouldnt be let near any debatin platform a a representative of us atheists. He is – frankly hopeless, even if he sometimes ask very good “to the core” questions – maybe even socratic at times. Trouble is, he then lets the opponent rattle on and seems to be complacent about just how much argument he shoud have to present for our case – o rin knocking down out opponent.

I find the same thing with Peter Atkins, and it seems to me ( get the feeling you probably agree too ) that scientists on our side have been singularly awful in debate.

I think our side often mistakes these debates to be along the lines of “scientific discourse” whereas our opponents come armed with all the weapons philosophy and rhetoric have to offer.

Basically I think Xtians have the tactics of persuasion down to a tee. This allows them to win when rightly they should not.


Beelzebub January 19, 2010 at 4:37 am

Thanks for listing “The Secret Life of Chaos.” It really is awesome. I can feel the dots connecting. Worth a second viewing!


Roman January 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I second Radiolab being awesome!


Teleprompter January 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I highly enjoyed “The Secret Life of Chaos”. Revealing and entertaining!


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