Tag: Atheism

The Null Hypothesis: How it Relates to Atheism and God – SciPhi Shortz

Is Atheism the Null Hypothesis? It is common to hear folks claim Atheism is the null hypothesis. In this SciPhi Short we will be going over what the null hypothesis is with a few examples. We will start by covering off what a hypothesis is, moving on to the null hypothesis itself, and finishing up with examinations of atheism and if it could be the null hypothesis under any definition. The Null Hypothesis: How it Relates to Atheism and God…


“We Are All Born Atheist!” – SciPhi Shortz: BAM!

Are we Really Born Atheists? We atheists have a number of things in our toolbelts, and one of those is memes.  Many of these memes are oversimplifications or just flat out wrong, so I thought I would create a series to address some of our worst memes and explain why they are so bad. Something that shows a lack of epistemological understanding is the claim we are all born atheists. An atheist is one who ascribes to atheism. Atheism is polysemous,…


“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…


Is The ‘lack of belief’ Definition of Atheism The Most Common One Used?

There are some people that like to claim the lack of belief, or absence of belief, definition of atheism is the most common one. I contest that, whilst it is common on social media due to political parties like the American Atheists and American YouTube shows like The Atheist Experience, it isn’t that common outside of the internet and certain circles in America. Ways to Discuss Atheism Atheism is polysemous. That means there are many definitions. With the way language…


Reviewing: ‘Criticism of Atheism & Proving the Validity of Islam | E2 How did atheism begin’ – SciPhi

Reviews From time to time Dave and I do reviews, be it of sites, situations, podcasts, books, or videos. We find it a nice change of pace and a way to gain a different perspective and test our knowledge. Sometimes the person/people we review communicate with us and we strike up a great dialogue and learn from each other, which is always our hope. Our Review of ‘Criticism of Atheism & Proving the Validity of Islam | E2 How did…


God is Dead – SciPhi

‘God is Dead…’ “God is dead, and we have killed him”. Or so Nietzsche’s madman proclaimed. As atheism becomes more popular, Nietzsche’s madman becomes more relevant. We discuss the madman’s words, and how they relate to atheism in the modern-day. Many people misunderstand what Nietzche was trying to say with his ‘God is Dead’ statement, so we hope to clear this up as well as addressing a number of issues, good works, or lack of, being done by theistic and…


New Atheism and New Atheists w/ Ozymandias Ramses II – SciPhi

We had a discussion of new atheism and new atheists with Ozymandias Ramses II, both from the conception of the term and what it was meant to describe to how it now often used as an insult to a particular group of atheists who demonstrate a number of negative behaviours. This is one of our early video streams converted in to a podcast, so it is definitely rough around the edges but the ocnversation is still well work listening to….


Hitchens on Antitheism

It’s come to my attention in the last year or so, that many are conflating the classical/philosophical definition of atheism with antitheism (sometimes spelt anti-theism). Regardless of your preferred use of atheism and atheist, over the centuries and still today atheism is the belief/proposition/claim there are no gods, with the atheist accepting (believing) this is true. There are other definitions, of course, Flew famously tried changing the definition in 72 to ignore the agnostic label for a “positive atheist” –…


Why the hell are we Atheists?! (Part 1: Introduction) -SciPhi: 036

Introduction: Dave and Joe’s Atheism In Part 1 Dave and Joe introduce the series and will discuss different types of atheist. We will also cover different kinds of responses towards questions of a deity existing and some of our poorer arguments, as well as our experience of becoming atheists. Unfortuanately, due to a technical glitch, we lost the second half of the stream, so there is only the first 30 minutes….