Conflated and Misunderstood Terms – Volume 5: I Don’t Believe

When people say “I don’t believe” it is unclear what they are saying. When many folks say this, they are discussing a psychological state rather than disbelief in a normative logical sense. But what does that mean? Logic and Belief Propositions By belief proposition, I am essentially saying believing a proposition to be true, or…


Fresh AiR – S01:E06 – Reason and Rationality

In the last episode of the season we thought it prudent to cover reason as it is our namesake. What better to pair with reason, other than rationality? Show Contents We have a full house tonight, with Dave, Martijn, Kriss, Andy and Joe in tow. DefinitionsReasons to believe, and if they are rational or irrationalAltruism/RHBDiversionsThought…


Fresh AiR – S01:E05 – Belief, Truth, and Knowledge

Tonight, we are going to discuss Belief, Knowledge and Truth, and how they can interact with each other and reality. Definitions of Belief, Truth, and Knowledge Belief A proposition you accept as/believe to be true. This does not define whether the belief is rational or not, nor does it define the strength, it simply demonstrates…


Fresh AiR – S01:E04 – Scepticism

Tonight we introduce one of the founders of AiR, Kriss, as a regular Co-Host to Fresh AiR. We delve into scepticism, to find out what it really is. We look in to the key behaviors of a sceptic and when we have failed as sceptics ourselves. Contents of Scepticism A brief history of AiR.What is…


Political Philosophy: Sticks and how to use them

Sticks. In the Fresh AiR Podcast, S01 E01, I referred to religion as just “one of many sticks we use to beat each other upside the head”.  I also named a few other sticks, like race, wealth and class. On Twitter I had a discussion with one of the podcasts listeners about these sticks and…


Cognitive Bias

I’ve come across a lot of bias on the internet. I have even spoken at length in previous articles about Confirmation Bias, and how I have made mistakes through a cognitive bias to people I trust. I’ve noticed in conversations with people I felt I had a mutual respect with, they are often less inclined…


Fresh AiR – S01:E03 – Morality

Tonight we delve in to Morality, exploring; The Correct Definitions of Subjective and ObjectiveWhat is meant by Morality, and what its purpose isHow we apply morality in a normative senseThe difference between normative and descriptive examinations of moralityArguments for and against Subjective morality Articles Related to the Show Conflated and Misunderstood Terms – Volume 3…


On Morality: Part 2 – Subjective Morality

n the last part of this series we discussed, and argued for, certain definitions that were important in any discussion about whether morality is subjective or objective. In this part we will be discussing the topic of subjective morality. In doing so we will cover what it means for morality to be subjective, including how subjective morality is defined, arguments for subjective morality, and rebuttals against subjective morality….


On Morality: Part 1 – Defining Our Terms

Welcome to part one of the series On Morality. In this short series of articles, we will cover the topic of objective and subjective morality, how the various terms are used, and the pros and cons for each stance. This series is a follow on, and supplement to, Davidian’s excellent article on objective morality posted previously, as well as episode three of the Fresh AiR podcast….


Dirty Words – Conflated and Misunderstood Terms Volume 4: Belief, Faith and Evidence

My fellow atheists and I often have extreme reactions to certain words*. I think due to the debate and some of the people we attribute them to, we have a knee jerk response. Whilst I understand why in some instances, it’s because we have a single minded view on the definition, in others it is…