So true: 29 Semi-Productive Things I Do Online When I’m Trying to Avoid Real Work. Because of my interests, I would add “30. Watch courses on science and religion at the Faraday Institute website.”
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Finally, a beer for atheists.
Because I criticize some of Richard Dawkins’ arguments, some people think I’m not a Richard Dawkins fan. But it’s worth noting that, for example, I can’t find anything to disagree with in this long interview with Dawkins on religion.
William Lane Craig – “The New Atheism and Five Arguments for God.”
Richard Carrier – “The Argument from Biogenesis.”
Many of my critics fault me for not engaging more directly with the academic literature on moral philosophy. There are two reasons why I haven’t done this: First, while I have read a fair amount of this literature, I did not arrive at my position on the relationship between human values and the rest of human knowledge by reading the work of moral philosophers; I came to it by considering the logical implications of our making continued progress in the sciences of mind. Second, I am convinced that every appearance of terms like “metaethics,” “deontology,” “noncognitivism,” “anti-realism,” “emotivism,” and the like, directly increases the amount of boredom in the universe. My goal, both in speaking at conferences like TED and in writing my book, is to start a conversation that a wider audience can engage with and find helpful. Few things would make this goal harder to achieve than for me to speak and write like an academic philosopher. Of course, some discussion of philosophy is unavoidable, but my approach is to generally make an end run around many of the views and conceptual distinctions that make academic discussions of human values so inaccessible. While this is guaranteed to annoy a few people, the prominent philosophers I’ve consulted seem to understand and support what I am doing.