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by Luke Muehlhauser on June 5, 2010 in News

Quick kudos to Tom Gilson of Thinking Christian, who admitted in this interview that he may have misrepresented desirism here, or at least that he hasn’t studied the theory well enough to know if he misrepresented it.

Yale offers a free video course on evolution.

Frontline: The Vaccine War.

Upcoming guests include Stephen Law (on atheism), Steven Porter (on the atonement), Andrew Melnyk (on physicalism), and also Zachary Moore (on how to build atheist communities). If you have specific questions you’d like me to ask them, post them below.

Wow, racism is still quite prevalent in some places:

An Arizona elementary school mural featuring¬†the faces of kids who attend the school has been the subject of constant daytime drive-by racist screaming, from adults, as well as a radio talk-show campaign (by an actual city councilman, who has an AM talk-radio show) to remove the black student’s face, and now the school principal has ordered the faces of the Latino and Black students to be changed to Caucasian skin.

Sorry, atheist ladies:

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DoAtheistsExist? June 5, 2010 at 10:22 am

I love academic earth.
And lol at that sexy beast.

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Bill Maher June 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm

That is cool of Yale to post that. I hope other great universities follow suit and have classes on other big topics.

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DoAtheistsExist? June 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Bill, there are loads of other courses on the academic earth website too, covering loads of different subjects from top universities (though predominantly Yale I think). Oxford university also has a few good courses on Itunes U or here http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/, for example “General Philosophy”, “Philosophy for Beginners”, “Critical Reasoning”, “Quantum Mechanics” and one on Nietzsche are the ones I know, I’m sure they’ve got countless others.

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piero June 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Kudos to that guy for fearlessly promoting atheism…

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Hermes June 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Yeah, I bet he gets all the priests!

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MC June 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Perhaps you could ask Melnyk about…

(1) The difference between naturalism and physicalism.

(2) The relationship (if any) between physicalism and atheism/theism.

(3) His evaluation of the “arguments from consciousness” (Moreland et al.) and “arguments from reason” (Reppert, Lewis, et al.)–both of which are arguments from the existence of nonphysical minds to theism.

(4) His evaluation of “Christian Materialists” such as Kevin Corcoran, Lynne Rudder Baker, Trenton Merricks, Hud Hudson, Nancy Murphy, Peter van Inwagen, Clifford Williams, Peter Forrest, among others.

(5) If nonreductivism about mental properties counts as evidence for theism.

(6) His discussion/debate with Goetz and Taliferro at Infidels.org.

(7) Other immaterialisms besides theism and their relation(s) to physicalism, e.g. platonism.

(8) Related to (3), his thoughts on the appropriation of property dualism and non-reductivism about mental properties by the Discovery Institute fellows (Egnor et al.) and other creationists and apologists:

(see: http://www.theness.com/neurologicablog/?p=307
http://fragments.consc.net/djc/2008/10/the-problem-of-consciousness-meets-intelligent-design.html )

(9) His thoughts on Plantinga’s EAAN (which is strongly related to the argument from consciousness/reason).

Melnyk is highly adept, and I’m sure he’d have lots to say about any one of these issues and topics.

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Bill Maher June 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I would say ask Melnyk about Fine-Tuning and Plantinga’s EEAN just because so many people bring them up and I have not heard his reply (not that I take them seriously).

Also,

http://www.facebook.com/pages/we-can-find-1000000-people-who-dont-believe-in-Evolution-befor-June/262702360070?v=wall&ref=mf#!/pages/we-can-find-1000000-people-who-dont-believe-in-Evolution-befor-June/262702360070?ref=mf

here is an anti-Evolution group on facebook. it is full of fail.

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Justfinethanks June 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

here is an anti-Evolution group on facebook. it is full of fail.

From the page:

we can find 1,000,000 people who don’t believe in Evolution befor June

We are aware that the word “before” is spelled incorrectly; unfortunately, we are unable to amend it.

Oh, that made my night.

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Alexandros Marinos June 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I went there for a laugh, and found that I had 3 friends on it. Fortunately, 1 wasn’t a real friend so I was able to limit my exposure by removing her. Oh the horror…

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lukeprog June 5, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Alexandros,

You went where, now?

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Alexandros Marinos June 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Ah, yes, that detail. I meant the facebook group mentioned above.

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Lorkas June 6, 2010 at 8:52 am

Go look at the discussion board on that page and you’ll find that the majority of people posting are not creationists, but people who joined the group so that they could troll the boards.

Perhaps your friends joined for that reason?

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