“Atheism is a Conclusion, Not a Belief” – SciPhi Shortz: BAM!

Conclusively Atheist? I see a lot of memes flying about the internet. Some are great, some are funny, and others are just terrible. As an atheist, I find some of our atheistic memes absolutely awful so I thought I would start a series called “Bad Atheist Memes” or “BAM!” to go over the memes, explain the issues and hopefully convince other atheists why we should stop using them. Our first meme to analyse is “Atheism is a Conclusion, Not a…


Testimony and Miracles – SciPhi

Hume’s take on Testimony and Miracles! After our chat with Bearded Heretic and his take on the problems with testimony from a psychological perspective, we return to the topic through a different lens. We shall start with Hume on miracles and his theory on testimony and see where the conversation takes us. We also have a special guest joining us from Twitter: Alistair Ware. There’s also an unedited version of this podcast with an extra half hour’s chat at the…


Mind the Gap! – SciPhi

What is the Gap? Tonight we return to our discussions on the philosophy of mind. We often hear that physicalism cannot account for consciousness. That there is a gap between the physical explanations and the phenomenal experience. Come join us as we explore the ‘explanatory gap’! What does it mean to explain something? What is the explanatory gap? More p-Zombies! More Mary! The duality of experience and realisation Physicalist/Materialist responses to the gap Mind the Gap the Video…


Belief – SciPhi Shortz

What is a Belief? Belief is often a hot topic and a word that is sometimes said with some distaste by many of us atheists. This SciPhi Short hopes to clear up any misconceptions about the word belief, provide a number of definitions, and give examples of how it is used. The SciPhi Shortz Video on Belief 00:00 – Intro 00:54 – Slideshow Starts 01:04 – Common misunderstandings of Belief 01:25 – What is a Belief? 01:51 – Something accepted…


Evidentially Evident Evidence

Evidence is often a hot topic, and one frequently misunderstood. I covered off a number of different types of evidence before in the post Dirty Words: Belief, Faith and Evidence and we have done a small podcast on the matter too BoPping to The Evidence. Even still, sometimes it is better to see if we can approach things in another way. As such, I present my first SciPhi Short. SciPhi Shortz? The idea of the SciPhi Shortz is a quick and informative video…


The Truth of it All – SciPhi

The Truth is Out There! What is truth? How can we know if something is true? What is a truth-apt statement? Do all statements hold a truth value? How does truth relate to morality? Can we have a subjective truth? In this stream, we hope to cover off these questions and examine a few theories of truth. There are actually quite a few theories of truth, but the most important ones are: Correspondence theory Coherence theory Semantic Theory Pragmatic Theory…


To Be or Not To Be (Rational)!? – SciPhi

The Rationality Thesis We take a look at the rationality thesis and delve into the rationality debate asking; are humans rational creatures that make performance errors or irrational creatures that sometimes demonstrate rationality? Dave talks about slides in this stream which you can find here: To Be or Not Be Rational – The Video This Podcast was from our Live Video Stream. If you prefer to watch than listen, check out the below: 00:00 – Intro 06:05 – Start of…


Are You Sure About That? – SciPhi

Testified! Today we will be looking at testimony, and whether or not it is worth anything.   Are our memories to be trusted, or do they contain lots of false information? Can people create fake memories just by using words? How good are people at remembering other’s faces?  We will also be coving off a pet peeve of Bearded Heretic, and that is people getting the Null Hypothesis Wrong   Short Version of Tonight’s Topics:   False memory Leading questions  Facial…


Disgustingly Enjoyable – SciPhi

The Paradox of Negative Emotions Disgust, Fear and Sadness are all negative emotions we usually avoid.Why would rational agents want to seek out things that cause them such distress? We embark on a journey through the paradox of negative emotions to gain a deeper understanding of this very thing. Disgustingly Enjoyable – The Video To check out the full live stream and keep up with the chat check out:…


Claims, Propositions and Attitudes

A proposition is a bivalent statement (or claim) that expresses a judgement or opinion. It is truth-apt and, therefore, can be true or false. A claim is an assertion something is true (or false). There’s is propositional content in a claim but they are not exactly the same thing, at least not always. What’s the difference between a proposition and a claim? A proposition can be presented without the assertion it is true or false. This would be for the…