What do we know, and how do we know it? What do we even mean by knowing something? Is it just being aware of information or is there more to it than that? How can we be sure the information is accurate? Should we be sceptical of everything we read? What is really meant by scepticism? Is it simply doubting others, or is there more to it than that? Should we be sceptical of ourselves and our own positions too?
What is evidence? What evidence would we expect to see if a claim was true? Do we see any of that evidence? Can you prove a negative or non-existence? If your claim was false, what do you think would support that? Have you tried proving your claim false? Have you looked at a variety of sources or do you just focus on those that support your claim? Are your sources trustworthy? How do we know if a source is trustworthy?
Questions like this, and many more, are the foundation of rationality and should be part of the search for truth. At the very least, will lead you to answers in reason.
The symbiotic relationship one can find between science and philosophy can be a powerful tool for furthering our knowledge and understanding. We hope to be able to present these ideas in easily digestible articles, videos, live streams, shorts, and podcasts.
Whilst we are atheists, our main goal isn’t religious debate or atheist activism. Instead, we focus on increasing our knowledge and understanding and sharing our discoveries and thoughts with you.
This will include discussions about hypothesis formation, misunderstanding of the null hypothesis, discussions about effective scepticism, theories of knowledge, bad takes, logic, A.I., ethics and morality and so much more.
Why should I read Answers in Reason?
If you’re interested in the aforementioned topics, enjoy learning new things, are happy to have misunderstandings corrected, are out of or want to break out of a tribal mindset, are happy having your thinking challenged, or just like a good friendly discussion then reading or watching Answers in Reason may well be for you.
What is Atheism?
There are many definitions of atheism, and in the broadest sense, it is described as the lack of belief in God or gods.
We prefer to address atheism in the propositional sense, the proposition gods do not exist, though we will address folks as they like to be addressed. We are more than our labels and understanding each other is far more important.
For an overview of the different definitions of atheism, check this post:
About Our Authors
We have a few different authors on our team, and to find out about them CLICK HERE.
Atheism vs Theism
Whilst we are atheists, we do address issues we see with both atheist and theist arguments and behaviours.
We feel that we should try and be as fair and balanced in discourse as possible, and as such, we try not to treat anyone as opponents but chances to learn and understand new things.
There have been times when we engaged in some of the more erroneous arguments and demonstrated less than ideal behaviours in the past, but are doing our best to improve ourselves too.
Sometimes this comes down to phrasing, in the past I (or one of the others at AiR) may have said that, “there’s not a shred of credible evidence for any of the thousands of gods that have been claimed to exist”.
What I meant by that was not that there was “no evidence” just that what is presented is uncompelling.
Through refining my understanding of what constitutes evidence, I will even concede that the Bible, Torah, Vedas, etc are all evidence for God or gods. However, I find the arguments and evidence against these things far more convincing and that is why I Believe No Gods Exist.
We are not anti-theist even though we do find some religious practices as harmful. Our experience of most theists is that they are decent people and many of them have spent a lot of time considering their positions well. They are not all the knuckle-dragging bible belt creationists that many atheists online make out they are.
We do not see theists as opponents, we do think theism in itself is harmful, and we wish other atheists would stop it with bad tropes like theism/religion is a delusion, atheism is the null hypothesis and so many others.
We are passionate about the topics many atheists claim to stand for; scepticism, critical thinking, rationality etc. We realise that due to our position on gods, we are lumped in with other atheists and we do not want to be associated with some of the childish, meme-bombing, arrogant, fallacious reasoning and behaviours we see on social media, so we address those in the hope to change a few minds.
Contact Answers in Reason
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And also to those who have helped improve our posts with suggestions and corrections such as Tim the Silent Swordsman, Andy Nickols, Mathew Wilson and everyone else out there.