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  1. Dominic Bunnell

    Not Materialistic Enough

    I've recently been reading a lot of books on environmentalism and sustainability (e.g. Plenitude, Ecological Economics, Peak Everything, Techno-Fix), and several times I've come across this idea that the main problem with the world today is not that we're too materialistic, but rather that we're...
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    Stephen Law's Critique of Karen Armstrong

    I'm sure some of you know Stephen Law. He was on Skeptiko some time ago discussing his book Believing Bullshit. In Believing Bullshit, Law is very critical of the argumentative strategies used by supposedly sophisticated religious thinkers like Karen Armstrong, Denys Turner and Alistrair...
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    Thomas Nagel's Review of Alvin Plantinga's Where the Conflict Really Lies

    Somebody else here, like Sciborg perhaps, may have posted this before, so I'm sorry if that's the case, but this really is essential reading.
  4. Dominic Bunnell

    The World View That Has No Name

    People often hate to think that they're part of a movement or subscribe to a world view, and so it is on this forum. People love to think of themselves as just critical thinkers or free thinkers, following the evidence wherever it leads. However, I think there is a movement or world view here...
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    Sam Harris is not an eliminativist

    I've been reading Waking Up by Sam Harris over the past couple of weeks. Here are some quotations from the book that show that he is definitely not an eliminativist. It is surely a sign of intellectual progress that a discussion of consciousness need no longer begin with a debate about its...
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    Religion for Atheists

    I've just finished reading Alain de Botton's Religion for Atheists, and it was much better than I was expecting. One of his main observations is that the secular world tends to make a very sharp distinction between children and adults, and so while children need star charts, role models, and...