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by Luke Muehlhauser on February 10, 2010 in News

In case you can’t wait for me to finish my gajillion-part series on the Kalam argument, Rational Thoughts has a 9-part series on it.

Scott Clifton of General Hospital and One Life to Live critiques the Kalam Cosmological Argument.

Episodes of In Our Time on religion.

Youtuber Evid3nc3 (“Evidence”) has a relatively well-produced series of videos detailing his deconversion from Christianity. Unlike most such deconversion videos, he does not insult believers or ridicule their beliefs. He merely explains what his Christian life was like and very calmly explains how he lost his faith.

Those who wonder about meaning without God may enjoy the new Philosophy Talk episode on Nihilism and Meaning.

Whenever I am sad, I just remind myself: Narwhals exist.

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Nate February 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Love the Narwhals. And if they don’t do it for you on a particularly dreary day, the nudibranch certainly will (bit.ly/2pm9qu). Someone needs to collect all the craziest creatures on a single site, a less ridiculously sentimental pick-me-up alternative to the lolcats.

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lukeprog February 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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The Crocoduck Hunter February 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Great to see you mention Evid3nc3 here. He’s been my favorite youtuber for a long time now, and I’m hoping to show his series to my parents when he finally finishes it.

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Hermes February 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Scott Clifton is one sharp thinker and uses his acting skills effectively. The Kalam video Luke posted is similar to the argument I was working towards when I wrote about the 1st law of thermodynamics on the “Who Designed the Designer” post before it died. (Scott covers much of what I was aiming at in minute 6.)

An episode of Mr. Deity does a good job of humorously covering similar ground to Scott’s minutes 7 and 8;

Mr. Deity and the Really Hard Time

On his channel, he also has quite a few video comments on TAG (Transcendental Argument for God) as debated by Matt Dillahunty (Atheist Experience) and Matt Slick (MattSlick.com).

The Matt vs. Matt TAG debate is here;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb1mfKJU6bo

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ildi February 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Scott’s video articulated what I now realize has made me uncomfortable re. the first premise of the KCA, namely the tacit assumption that things “begin to exist.” I’ve always been surprised to find that many metaphysical arguments still getting serious air time seem to be stuck in a Newtonian universe.

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oliver February 12, 2010 at 3:41 am

SCOTT at 2:25 – 2:46:

“The first law of thermodynamics says that energy (which is what everything is made out of – even matter, even atoms..) can be neither created nor destroyed. It only changes form. So how can we possibly know that anything which begins to exist has a cause when we have NO verifiable account of anything ever beginning to exist?”

Exactly.

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