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Chicago Student Demands

ChicagoStudentsI have commented previously on the idiotic behaviour of students in major universities and the craven failure to clamp down on this by management teams.  I have also praised Chicago university for issuing a letter to new undergraduates telling them that there will be no trigger warnings, safe spaces and the rest of the current nonsense.

Well, we are about to see what the management are really made of. A group of students have issued a set of demands to the university.  I just hope that the management take one look, say no, then dismiss any students who have a problem with it.
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Brilliant new hoax

peer reviewThose who follow my writings will know that I hold nothing but contempt for post-structuralist/post-modernist social 'scientists'. I have made reference many times to the hoax by Alan Sokal1 that demonstrated that any notion of academic rigour in this area is laughable.  I am, therefore, delighted to see this view confirmed by a new version of the Sokal hoax.
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The problems with the left Part 2

left problemRecap

In the first article, I looked at how the regressive left arose from the remnants of the revolutionary radical left, after most decided that they could no longer openly cling to classical Marxist theory.  I explained that having abandoned Marxism, with the promised utopian communist state that it predicted, the regressives no longer had a specific utopian end-point to talk about, but most still remain committed to the overthrow of the state in a Marxist-style revolution, even though they cannot say what, exactly, they would put in its place.
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Postmodernist Feminist Science Classics

irigarayIn these articles I intend to examine and roundly mock some of the funniest and more ignorant attempts to appear scientifically literate I know of. These are the Poststructuralist French bunch of poseurs responsible for much of the ills of higher education, intersectional feminism and post-modern idiocy in general.
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Decoding SJW Jargon

jargonIf you are unfortunate enough to be on the end of an SJW monologue (they generally don't do dialogue) then you will find yourself assaulted by a plethora of jargon. For anyone with a love of the English language this is usually distressingly painful, but even for those with no such sensitivity it is usually confusing and frustrating experience.  In this posting I provide a quick SJW to English translation table.
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Case Study in the Dangers of Indoctrination

miloI've just been watching the fall-out from the riots on Berkeley campus over the Milo Yiannopoulos visit.   It is very interesting, as well as deeply disturbing.  The student activists, who were involved in the violence, have been justifying their actions in the press. Their justifications reveal much about the type of indoctrination they have been subjected to, and the dangers it poses.
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Post-modernism

postmodernI have just finished reading 'Explaining Post-modernism' by Stephen Hicks and I can heartily recommend it.  Hicks traces the history of post-modernism from the enlightenment, through Kant and to the present. He highlights the various factors crucial to the formulation of post-modernism - philosophical, political, scientific and socioeconomic - and gives a coherent and compelling description of how we got to where we are.
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Media Bias

MediaBias101Events over the last few days have persuaded me that I should interrupt my review of GuyLand to say something about media bias. The coverage of events in the US has marked a new low in journalistic integrity.
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Guyland Review. Part 2: Building on Sand

GuylandIn the first part of this review I looked at some of the starting assumptions the author has, and explained why some of them are highly contentious and others demonstrably false. In this part I want to try to give a fair summary of the conclusions Kimmel reaches in the book. To that end I will offer no critique or comment, simply as fair a summary as I can.

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Guyland - Kimmel's feminist critique of masculinity. Part 1: Founding fallacies

GuylandI've just finished reading Guyland - a book by feminist academic Michael Kimmel, which sets out a feminist analysis of modern masculinity.  

I found the book incredibly frustrating to read - I frequently caught myself almost shouting at the text, despite a determination to really try to understand Kimmel's position, and not simply read the book with one eye on rebuttal and critique.
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A Concise Summary of Western Feminist Claims

femesearchI've addressed the bogus claims of feminist spokespersons in individual postings in this blog. In this posting I want to pull together all the significant claims made and a quick evaluation for each, with links to more in-depth reading.  In most cases the links are to other articles of mine, but these contain full citations and links to sources in their footnotes.
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Open letter to Philip Davies (MP)

PhilipDaviesHello Mr Davies,

we don't know each other and I'm not a constituent - nor even a Tory, come to that.

The reason I'm writing is to applaud your courageous personal/political stance on (anti)feminism, and to make it plain to you that you are far from alone.  I also want to assure you that you ARE correct in your analysis - critics can often be driven to doubt their own sanity/veracity in this area, I know from bitter experience.
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The year ahead

2017Now we are well into 2017 I want to say a few things about the coming year.  Firstly I took the decision, on Christmas day, to give up alcohol for a month. Like many people I drank alcohol regularly, and have done so for 35 years or more.  My consumption was quite a bit more than the recommended 14 units per week * (at least double, if I am honest), and although I cannot attribute any particular health or social problems to my drinking, I am aware that it must be doing damage on some level.
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Recent Rant Reproduced

trumpI recently slightly lost my rag on facebook over the amount of virtue-signalling attacks on Trump. Everyone is just so keen to stick it to him and establish how right-on they are and it makes me sick.  Rather than some honest reflection about why the left is being soundly trounced in more or less every opportunity the voter has to do so, the liberal left sit in their smug echo chambers and bemoan how everyone who doesn't share their views is either thick, bigoted, misled and therefore gullible, malicious, or a combination thereof.  The patronising smug makes it hard to breathe.
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Being right doesn't make you right

HitlerThere is still precious little evidence that those on the left have really taken on-board the lessons of the last year - particularly the brexit vote and the US Presidential result. Various commentators have opined about 'populist movements' and 'the resurgent right' which is, I believe, to completely miss the point.
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To colleagues in Canadian academia

wilcoxI have a message for colleagues in Canada's colleges and universities. SHAME ON YOU.

I suppose it should come as no surprise to see academics spinelessly going along with the establishment, no matter how much it acts against their stated principles.


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Trump and the future

trumpSo our American cousins have elected The Donald as their next President.  Social media is buzzing with regressive-lefties completely loosing their shit and behaving like teenagers in a strop. So, is the world about to end?
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Towards real gender equality

equalityAs someone who can fairly be described as an anti-feminist,the main challenge/criticism made of me, and of other critics of feminism, is that we are not proposing our own models and solutions but, instead, just criticising feminist efforts.   This criticism is entirely bogus because many models and solutions have been and are being proposed by the MRM and by others. The reason that these do not receive wider attention is that feminism is so embedded in modern society that the only way to advocate for real gender equality is to first tear-down much of the bogus theory, crazy models and 'common' knowledge that entrenches feminist theory in everyday life.
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Why 'Stop Funding Hate' is a bad idea

SFHThe girlfriend of my nephew has been sending various activism postings through to me on Facebook, and I have recently become aware of the 'Stop Funding Hate' campaign - targeting the sponsors of some newspapers perceived to publish more hateful articles than the rest (the Daily Mail being top of the list).  Emma is a smashing young woman and I admire her determination to act on, rather than whine about, those things she sees to be wrong in society.
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Time for some straight talking.

islamophobiaOne of the things I hate most about the regressive identity-based politics that has infected much of the left in Western Europe is the fundamental dishonesty it tries to enforce. Anyone stepping outside the 'permitted bounds' of their politically correct sensibilities is automatically not only in the wrong but also a bigot who deserves and should receive correction or punishment.
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Scam Bulletin

bsmeterFrom time to time I will try to post a 'scam update'. I spend a fair amount of time fact-checking and working with other sceptics to examine claims - particularly those which claim scientific support. This started when I used to help at the Science Forums - a bunch of us decided to set-up as an unofficial watchdog and check out claims that we suspected were bogus.
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Reinventing Socialist realism: Subdialectic theory and subconstructive neopatriarchialist theory

socialrealismI have added a few post-structuralist essays to my blog. The reason for this is mainly to highlight the utter contempt I have for this type of 'academic writing' and my complete lack of respect for those who indulge in it. I have spent a fair amount of time reading articles written in this sort of post-modernist language and my conclusion, after many such attempts, is that it is complete bollox. The reason for the ridiculously obfuscatory language is simple - it is there precisely to obfuscate - to hide the basic fact that there is no content.
If you are wondering why I spent hours writing this drivel - I didn't. These essays are generated by a piece of software.

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Issues of Gender

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I have avoided getting too deeply into this 'hot button' issue with modern feminism. The reason is mainly because I have no special expertise in biology and therefore not much science to bring to any debate. I have realised, however, that science is being explicitly excluded from the debate in any case - so I may as well have my say.
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Postcapitalist dematerialism in the works of Rushdie

salman rushdieHere's another example of an academic paper in the style of the post-structural numpties infecting academia.   This time the computer  I decided to write about Salman Rushdie. 

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Online abuse and related matters

main trollI have previously blogged on the matter but some recent events prompt me to re-address this issue here.
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The Broken Fruit: Patriarchialist feminism in the works of Burroughs

William BurroughsAnother post-structuralist, post-modern gem from my computer me.  I'm getting good at this - I think I might start applying for university lecturing jobs in gender studies faculties.....

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The Fatal flaw of Class: The precultural paradigm of expression in the works of Spelling.

poststructuralismHere is a postmodern paper on the thorny issue of class.  I'm thinking of sending this one to Labyrinth - the inestimable journal of postmodernism. I'm sure they would publish my computer's masterpiece. 1. Semioticist situationism and capitalist neosemiotic theory"Narrativity is fundamentally e...
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The Red Pill

blue pill A new documentary has been stirring up feminists like crazy. It takes a close look at one of the most reviled groups I am aware of - Men's Rights Activists (MRAs)  in the Men's Rights Movement (MRM).
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US Presidential Election

The question I am asked most at the moment is what I think of the candidates in the US Presidential Election. Since I am not, and have never claimed to be, any sort of expert in US politics I have tended to shy away from comment. 
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Conspiracy? err....

conspiracy theory alertConspiracy theory is something we all flirt with at some points in our lives.  Something happens and it seems that 'official' explanations just don't stack-up.
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Women are doing it TO themselves.

burchillAnother posting on feminism? Well. sort of, but not entirely. (Oh....ok..yes it IS about women - but not exclusively feminists - just mostly.)
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Fact vs Feminism - Criminal Justice

Every time I think I can move onto something new I come across another feminist outrage that screams for redress.

The latest is the concerted effort from the 'movement concerned only with gender equality' to do away with gender equality in the court and prison systems.
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Update on rape postings

bsmeterIn other postings I have looked at feminist claims about rape (here) and the pressure, largely from feminist activists, to change the law on rape (here). In this posting I want to look at a couple of recent cases which, I believe, tell us much more about motivations and agendas.
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BA = Brainwashed Activists?

VictimA YouTube regular (Sargon of Akkad) recently launched a petition calling for the temporary suspension of all University courses based around Social Justice.
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Don't look through a lens

fanaticismMy blog contains a lot of material criticising two groups in particular - religions and feminism. In this posting I want to look at an important characteristic of fanatics in general and explain why it fails.
 
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Power & Gender

gender powerI know, I know - I promised to leave the subject of feminism for a time, and I'm immediately going back to it. There is still something niggling away and I need to work it through before I can be happy to leave the issue.

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Privilege and Oppression

oppressedI want to round off my recent blog postings on feminism with this posting which looks at the raison d'etre for Feminism and makes the case that it is wrong, was wrong, and has never, in fact, been correct.
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Bikerman's Personal Statament

BikermanStand
Gosh that sounds pompous doesn't it? This entry is in response to several questions / requests from readers, friends and relatives. I get asked for my opinion on various things quite often and I normally give a jokey reply. Where do I stand? In the toilets, waiting for a train, in the queue....


Trigger warning - SJWs - go to your safe zone now. Do not read. Contains hate-speech.
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Offensive religious assertions

offensiveYesterday another religious type told me they found my views on religion offensive. This was AFTER they asked me what I thought about the new Pope. I simply told them, bluntly, but with no bad language or obscenity.
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Types of Troll

forumtrollI've been using the internet since long before the web was invented.  In the early days (1980s) the internet was a VERY different place. It was used almost exclusively by academics and the military (military traffic only rarely appeared on the academic networks, for the most part we didn't see the .mil hosts, only the .ac.uk).
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Woo's Woo in Creationism

shitAnyone who spends any time on the web, particularly if you hang out where the debate might involve religion, will almost certainly have come across the US fundamentalist creationists.
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Changing the law on rape

accusation evidence
I am hearing much talk around rape and the necessity to 'do something' about the 'terrible conviction rates'. This article, more than any other, is likely to draw condemnation and abuse from the feminist loonies because it takes an honest and frank look at something which feminists lie about more than anything else - rape1.
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Young Earth Creationism

NoahYoung Earth Creationism is, to fans of Douglas Adams, strangely familiar.  It takes a while to spot the link - but it is there. Milliways - the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
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Top Feminist Myths

stupidburnsTaking a look at the most commonly repeated falsehoods from feminists. Any impartial observer will have noticed that feminists - like many fundamentalist religious - place a low value on truthfulness. My hypothesis is that they are so certain of the truth of their case that getting details and facts correct seems to them like insignificant quibbling. That, at least, is the most charitable explanation I can come up with.
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There is something wrong when....

pushingCurrently 15% of US boys (under 16) are diagnosed as ADHD and are being given Ritalin or a similar amphetamine-based medication.They are now drugging girls in large numbers as well - about half as many as boys.  So how can we account for this epidemic of ADHD? Quite simply. The behaviour hasn't changed, the expectations have.
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Time to clean house

Anna HMI have written before on the infection of academia by postmodernism / poststructuralism. In this posting I was to explain what I mean and how we came to this sorry state.
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Simple metric for deciding on religious claims to 'truth'

bible scholarsHaving just watched my first debate of the new year (an old one, on religion, featuring John Lennnox) the old issue of evidence featured strongly. Lennox, predictably, insisted his faith is based on sound evidence and the sane people noted that he provided nothing to support that assertion.
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Open letter/response to Emma Watson

watsonOriginal interview by Liz Connor

Emma Watson is the latest in a growing line of celebrities who suddenly feel qualified to lecture on the meaning and goals of feminism.

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A response to 48 things you won't hear a man say

WithUsOrAgainstUsA campaign from Anita and co lists 48 things a man will not (supposedly) hear but a woman will (I think their list stinks). I've done a reverse list in reply, but I could only be bothered to do 25 (more than a dozen of their 48 are bogus anyway).
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A response to 32 types of anti-feminist

This is a graphic response to a recent cartoon posted on a feminist website lampooning anti-feminists. I have kept the structure and made a few changes to the content :-)
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Why third wave feminism is dangerous nonsense

wavesThird wave feminism has given rise to a whole new generation of Social Justice Warriors who see it as their role to police political correctness, as defined by the feminists themselves. This is (as a feminist would say) problematic.
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Simple impossible problem in maths

impossible somethingThere are many things that we cannot yet prove mathematically, but here is one of the simplest. It is known as the Collatz conjecture (a conjecture is the term used in maths to mean an idea which seems to be true but has not yet rigorously proven to be so).

 




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5 Questions

Not real feminismOver the past months I have looked more deeply into feminism than I had previously done. What I found disturbed and angered me.
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Examining Feminist Claims - Part 2

Research My second look at the information coming out of feminism and how much it can be trusted.
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Examining Feminist Claims Part 1 - Gender Pay Gap

paygapSome time ago I promised to post something on this issue - the claimed gap in pay between women and men. So, here is the promised article.
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Euler Identity

BeautyI was sat contemplating yesterday. I'd been working on an article for this site and I was getting stale - trying to spot an error that would have been obvious a couple of hours before - a sure sign that it is time to stop what you are doing and do something else for a while.
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Bikerman's Guide to Special Relativity (LONG)

dilationThis is a guide to Einstein's theory of Special Relativity aimed at the non scientist. No prior knowledge is assumed, but I will need to assume that you are familiar with basic arithmetic, and that you know something, even if only a very little, about algebra.
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We Stink at Stats

ExplodingHeadAs I have noted in other writing, humans, as a species, stink at statistics. I don't mean maths in general - though plenty of us stink at that. I mean statistics, and particularly probabilities and risk calculation.
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You cheeky buggers!

VolksiSo Volkswagen have been caught at it eh?  Surely nobody is suprised to hear that the motor industry fiddles the emission figures for their cars?  This has been known for decades.  The surprise here is the sheer brass neck of the Germans.  They kitted the cars out with computer management systems specifically designed to detect and deceive officials doing the required tests on the vehicles.

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The GASP scale

measurementI am someone known to like a metric. I tend to the belief that if you can't measure it then it probably ain't there. I am often disappointed, therefore, when it comes to discussions of likelihoods, probabilities and the like.
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Sam Harris, Islam and Racism

afflekOver the pond there has been much chat over an incident on a chat show involving Sam Harris and Ben Affleck. It raises some wider issues which I think are worth looking at.
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Thought Crime

thoughtpoliceFor  anyone who has read George Orwell's 1984, the notion of thought crime probably sends a shiver down the spine - that certainly applies to me. Most people would readily agree that people should be judged on what they do, not what they think.

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Feminism and Religion

feminismSome time ago I was subjected to some stupidity by a few self-identifying feminists. Naturally I don't assume that their ridiculous behaviour is in any way representative of feminism but it piqued my curiosity enough that I spent some time looking into feminism.
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You Believe WHAT?

megaThe main tactic of creationists has always been to attack evolutionary theory and introduce religiously inspired 'science' into schools. This tactic makes sense - the only way to guarantee the spread of their beliefs is to somehow get it taught in the schools.
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Precise chaos

bifurcationYou may remember doing quadratic equations at school - or some of you may be engineers or scientists and use quadratics regularly. The problem with them was always that a very large number cannot be solved - or they can be solved, but they give 'complex' answers.
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Evolution Basics 2 Chance

rouletteReligious opposition to evolutionary theory has consistently sought to focus on mis-characterising the theory to make it less credible with the public at large. A major part of this is the repeated insistence that evolution is a 'random' or 'chance' process.

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Material and .... ?

chopraIn many of my debates with theists the subject will turn to materialism.  My opponent will criticize me for being a materialist and say that this is why I am 'blind' to spirituality and the evidence for their particular God.

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Top Creationist Canards

pinocchio nose growingAnyone who has debated creationists will be aware that, whatever their character away from debate, they often have no problem breaking their 9th commandment when talking to atheists.
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Why you should be a sceptic

scepticFirst let me be clear about what a sceptic is, and is not. A sceptic, in the sense I am using the word1, is someone who is reluctant to fully accept an idea or position without satisfactory evidence.
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The Problem of Induction

reasoningThere is widespread public misunderstanding about the basics of how science functions. This allows the dishonest to make what appear to be powerful attacks on science, with the average person not able to spot the way in which their misunderstanding is being exploited.
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Evolution Basics - 1. Definitions

religion
Evolution is the focus of most attack by fundamentalist religious - particularly creationists and some Muslims. This short series of essays is designed to give a background in evolutionary terms and theory, and point out the flaws and fallacies in the religiously inspired attempt to rubbish the theory.
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Why I don't believe in God(s)

BikerLogoDevilIn this essay I am going to try and summarise the reason that, speaking right now, I don't believe in God(s). WARNING - this will be a long and perhaps rambling essay. This is a massive issue which I have been thinking about for 40 years, so don't expect brevity.
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Dealing with Apologists Moral Absolute

creationAdamIn this series of mini essays I want to deal with some of the arguments made by the most popular apologists. By 'popular' I mean apologists who are on public media, including on-line media.
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Why do I care?

inquisitionA question I am frequently asked - usually by theists in debate - is why I care what people believe. It is often phrased something like....
"Why do you waste time on the subject of religion when you don't believe in a God?"
Or.
"Why don't you just let people believe what they want to believe and leave them alone?"
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I'll not believe it when I see it

shadowAt one time eye-witness testimony was the gold standard in criminal trials. Certainly I can remember that being the case. Over time, however, we began to get an appreciation of just how BAD we are at seeing, remembering and recalling. If you think squares A and B are different colours then your eyes are not so reliable either :-)
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Christian Arrogance

JesusBoyo2I have lost count of the number of times I have heard a Christian mocking another religion as 'crazy' or 'obviously fake'. Often they will be talking about a group that self-define as Christians. Examples include Christian Scientists, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses.
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Pascal's Wager

Pascal One of the most frequent questions that I am asked by theists - and I suspect this is true for most atheists - is some version of Pascal's Wager. For those who may be unfamiliar with this famous argument, it goes something like this:
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Teach the controversy?

TeachControversey1
If you haven't read Intelligent Design - Context then I would suggest that you do before reading this.

In this article I want to examine the history of the creationist 'Teach the Controversy' campaign in the early 2000s.
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Intelligent Design Context

creationAdamI thought this had been killed-off when the creationists lost in an American court at the Dover trial. Unfortunately I still see and hear from people who insist that ID is a legitimate scientific theory, and that it should be taught alongside evolution.
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