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Objective Morality: An Empirical Physicalist Approach (Pt. 2)

Free will, determinism, and moral responsibility. As a pragmatic, empirical physicalist, I try to take an evidence-based and reasoned approach to morality. In the first part of this series, I claimed that objective morality is a principle that operates exclusively at the level of species survival. But how can morality ever be objective? After all, isn’t something that’s seen as moral in one society repugnant to another? The dictionary defines “objective” as “not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in…


Silent Partners: Are you working with a local NGO that doesn’t exist?

As we deal with getting to the truth of matters here at www.answers-in-reason.com I would like to introduce you to my wife Najwa who is a fraud investigator amongst othr things. This article was released earlier this morning on a fraud investigation site called www.secondmarshmallow.org which can be accessed here if you want to check out more of the articles there. In this guest post, experienced global development finance professional Najwa Whistler describes her experience investigating ghost NGOs in a…


THE ‘FINE TUNING’ ARGUMENT DEBUNKED – Holy Koolaid

THE FINE TUNING ARGUMENT DEBUNKED BY SCIENCE (And Holy Koolaid) The fine tuning argument is the most overused argument in the creationists’ toolkit. If you’re not familiar with the fine-tuning argument, it goes something like this: The parameters for life are so finely tuned that if they were tweaked ever so slightly, all life would cease to exist, and the universe would be too hostile for life, if it existed at all. Therefore, there must be a god who fine-tuned…


Angry Atheists or Concerned Citizens? – Holy Koolaid

I get asked all the time why atheists are so angry. The short answer is we’re not, but if we do get angry it’s because we give a damn. One hundred years – It’s not that long. There are people alive today older than that. My grandmother’s pushing that milestone. But a lot can change in that short amount of time. A hundred years ago, schools were segregated, women couldn’t vote, and homosexuals were institutionalized for the crime of loving…


Religious Apologetics – The Science of Excuses

Defining Apologetics Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the faith. The simplicity of this definition, however, masks the complexity of the problem of defining apologetics. It turns out that a diversity of approaches has been taken to defining the meaning, scope, and purpose of apologetics. From Apologia to Apologetics The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used of a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it…


Pride and Consequence

Among the many qualities a person can have, and emotions they can muster, pride must be among the most fascinating. Like appreciation and conflict, it has the potential to be both destructive and constructive. We see it a lot these days, from politicians who exclaim their pride for their country and people, commonly known as populists, to civil rights movements of every kind. I mean, from the gun lobby, advertising with its proud gun owners, to gay pride, straight pride,…


Bible Wisdom: Man to Rule All – Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26 (NIV) Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” What is Man? We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us…


Bigotry, Political Correctness, Intent, and offence.

Bigotry definitions and false bigotry claims has been covered by an article by Kriss: What Is Bigotry? The Difference Between What Makes Us A Person, And What Makes Us A Human. I also covered the difference between words/prayers and actions in my article: Sorry I’ll pray for you. Assuming you have an understanding of these articles I shall not bore you with repeated information and shall talk about some of the results of bigotry, and in fact just not being…


Bible Wisdom: Corpral Punishment – Proverbs 20:30

Proverbs 20:30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts. Does Physical Punishment Work? Physical punishment doesn’t work to get kids to comply, so parents think they have to keep escalating it. That is why it is so dangerous. Elizabeth Gershoff, PhD….


Bible Wisdom: The Creation of Man – Genesis 1:27

Genesis 1:27 (NIV) So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. What is the reason we are here? God is the name people give to the reason we are here. But I think that reason is the laws of physics rather than someone with whom one can have a personal relationship. An impersonal God. – Stephen Hawking…