Posts Tagged ‘god’

Playing Socrates (Round 1)

July 17, 2010

I really admire Socrates and for the last few weeks I have been toying with the idea of trying to act as a modern Socrates. Today, while I was walking to the market, several Christians tried to evangelise to me. The temptation was too great to resist.

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Observation vs Authority

April 18, 2010

As David Hume puts it: It’s more likely if you see the laws of nature being suspended, that you are under a misapprehension than that the laws of nature have actually been suspended. — Christopher Hitchens (source)

I’ve been watching some theist/atheist debates recently, and this comment from Christopher Hitchens stood out to me. In fact, I find the comment rather alarming. (more…)

To Shred an Ontological Argument

April 18, 2010

Anselm’s Ontological Argument is summarized by Wikipedia as follows:

1. If I am thinking of the Greatest Being Thinkable, then I can think of no being greater
1a. If it is false that I can think of no being greater, it is false I am thinking of the Greatest Being Thinkable
2. Being is greater than not being
3. If the being I am thinking of does not exist, then it is false that I can think of no being greater.
4. If the being I am thinking of does not exist, then it is false that I am thinking of the Greatest Being Thinkable

Conclusion: If I am thinking of the Greatest Being Thinkable, then I am thinking of a being that exists

This argument has been around for a while and has been attacked many times… Yet its use still persists. (more…)


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