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Entries from October 2006

Eleatics, being, and Stace’s Hegel

October 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Hucklebird sends me a post from the Hegel@yahoogroups.com. In all the debates over theism and evolution, with Dawkins promoting his challenges to the God Delusion, it is forgotten that shallow concepts of divinity, mostly parroted words based on the semantic confusions of the term ‘god’, invite and endless dialectic of skepticism and re-affirmation, while behind […]

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Tags: Philosophy · you've got mail

Two books on Muhammed

October 29th, 2006 · No Comments

The Path of the Prophet. Note: beside these two books we now also have Spencer’s The Truth about Muhammed, from the rightist Islamophe section, but with some uncomfortable exposes. Arriving at the correct picture of Muhammed is getting increasingly difficult, and the subtle fear factor involved makes the question nearly impossible, at least for the […]

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Tags: History

The Atheist Church

October 25th, 2006 · No Comments

The Church of the Non-Believers: the title of this essay from Wired is significant. If you reverse the dialectic on ‘god’ you end up in another church, become fanatic, beging to try and force the issue on non-believers. The New Atheists will not let us off the hook simply because we are not doctrinaire believers. […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Reformations?

October 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Historical Derangements But it may be that the Bush miscalculation was more chronological than geographical. In his sternly compelling book, The Shia Revival, Vali Nasr suggests that the most momentous consequence of the Iraq adventure is the ignition of the Muslim civil war. Not the one between moderate and extreme Islam, which is already over, […]

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Tags: Evolution

War & Peace

October 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Shermer reviews recent evolution books. The current debate is too brain-dead to resolve these issues. Shermer is stubbornly confused about Darwin’s theory. As long as Darwinists are stuck here everyone else must aggressively defend other views, and that is not an automatic endorsement of ‘religion’. The issue is more than that of divinity. We can […]

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Tags: Evolution

Science and teleology

October 25th, 2006 · 2 Comments

From Real Physics What do we mean by the Enlightenment? German Classical Philosophy offers the attempt to reconstruct teleology in the wake of Newton, Kant’s efforts being the most profound. But as Kant indicates, there is an antinomy involved in the issues of teleology, and in any case we can’t regress to an Aristotelian position. […]

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Tags: Evolution · Philosophy

Armstrong’s PR cunning

October 24th, 2006 · No Comments

Armstrong’s effort to find a common denominator to the Axial manifestations is really just PR, an extension of her inaccurate and deceptive portrayal(s) of Islam, as in her most recent (new) book on Muhammed. Here she is an atheist (or so she confesses online if you check Google) and yet blatantly tailors her new Muhammed […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Axial Age

Skeptics’ crackpot meme

October 13th, 2006 · No Comments

Skeptics: I am all for skepticism, but the current brand is a new cult of crackpots. Bad ideas are surely poison, but the sceptic movement is unable to offer us a great deal of insight as to why people actually swallow them. Instead of attempting to understand why ideas may take purchase in the public […]

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Tags: Philosophy

Positive benefits to religion?

October 13th, 2006 · No Comments

Evolution of a delusion by Irish Times In his new book, prominent atheist Richard Dawkins outlines why he sees religious faith as a dangerous force and tries to explain its persistence in spite of evidence that God does not exist. Aengus Collins asks him whether there are any positive aspects to religion Apparently according to […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Eagleton lambasts Dawkins

October 12th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Lunging, Flailing, Mispunching Terry Eagleton The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins · Bantam, 406 pp, £20.00 Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology. Card-carrying rationalists like Dawkins, […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution

Why evolution matters, and Darwin doesn’t

October 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Shermer: Why Darwin Matters. Debates over evolution range from Pennsylvania to Kansas to the University of California. Michael Shermer, a former evangelical Christian and creationist, argues that “intelligent design” theory appeals to a human predisposition to look for a designer behind life’s complexity. But in fact the theory of natural selection is supported by the […]

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Tags: Evolution

Jesus Christ is not your personal savior

October 8th, 2006 · No Comments

My post yesterday on The Pagan Christ raised a lot of issues that are hard to deal with given the current environment of secular/religious debate.

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Tags: New Age · Philosophy · Science & Religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Was Chogyam Trungpa an evil buddha?

October 5th, 2006 · No Comments

Borderline, in fact, not. A kind-hearted boddhisattwa type who tried hard to be shocking with mickey mouse stuff like sleeping with his students and drinking whiskey all day. However, his insidious and snide campaign against democratic thinking should be a warning of a sideline cheerleader. The issue here is the open secret mentioned by Rajneesh, […]

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Tags: New Age

Is E.J. Gold a Sufi hyena?

October 5th, 2006 · 1 Comment

My post Evil Buddhas, Sufi Hyenas elicited some puzzlement: I meant what I said. Check out a sufi front for E.J. Gold, a notable shadow figure in the sufi demimondaine. He promos himself as the successor to Gurdjieff, baloney, but the gang war for that dubious honor could go any number of ways. I defined […]

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Tags: New Age

Biologists experts on religion?

October 4th, 2006 · No Comments

Why is it that one of the top critics of religion should be a biologist?. That’s actually a good question. Biologists keep ranting about peer review and trusting the experts. So who is an expert in the religion field? Hard to answer! But biologists seem especially flatfooted here. The failure to study the phenomenon of […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Success and failure

October 4th, 2006 · No Comments

Philip Johnson. If the history of Darwinism proves anything it is that the success of an attempt on ‘evolution’ is a moment for suspicion that a hype factor is at work. We keep getting bumsteers from bestsellers, starting with Darwin. There’s no doubt that Phil’s willingness to encourage the work of scientists and help create […]

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Tags: Evolution

Smolin reviews

October 4th, 2006 · No Comments

Reviews of Smolin’s book on string theory

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Tags: Science & Religion