Introduction – We Feel First and then Justify Last I will attempt to explain through the work of Jonathan Haidt from “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” that most of our attraction or aversion to political issues are because of how we feel toward them and not so much […]Read More You Think with Your Gut. Politics Explained.
I choose not to be associated with any political ideology – neither libertarianism, liberalism nor conservatism – as I believe that it reinforces deep-seated tribal instincts that affects our stance and decision making on issues of importance. It does so by imposing constraints on our ability to form good conclusions (motivational reasoning) and fosters conformity […]Read More Why I’m Not an Ideologue.
And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever [Revelation 20]. This is the second death, the lake of fire; and if anyone’s name was not found written […]Read More Hell, Christianity’s Most Damnable Doctrine.
Background We discussed the challenges of accepting a miracle as true because it contradicts with how we know the world works. We then proceeded to ask the question: well, what happens if we have good evidence for the miracle? The solution to that problem was to translate our hypothesis, evidence and background knowledge into terms of […]Read More Miracles and Probability III
In the previous post, we focused on how you can use the principle of analogy to conclude that if something contradicts what you already know (what we will call background knowledge), then, unsurprisingly, in all likelihood it is false. We saw the limitations of this principle, however, especially when generalized to mean rare and new events, not […]Read More Miracles and Probability II
We deem them myths not because of a prior bias that there can be no miracles, but because of the Principle of Analogy, the only alternative to which is believing everything in The National Inquirer. If we do not use the standard of current-day experience to evaluate claims from the past, what other standard is […]Read More Miracles and Probability I
I’m often baffled when I get such a question as to why I don’t take Jesus Christ as a god and savior seriously. My reasons why, I hope, are apparent when one considers other literature and evidence that involve belief in the supernatural. I mean, after all, it would be nothing but special pleading for me to […]Read More Why is Jesus so special?