Tag: Atheism

It’s a Load of CAC (Reviewing the ‘Official Definition of Atheism’) – SciPhi: 034

Is there an ‘Official Definition’ of atheism? Atheism is polysemous, so anyone telling you they have the ONLY definition of atheism or those other definitions of atheism are WRONG is completely off the mark. With how language works, any definition of atheism, or any word for that matter, is perfectly valid. There are terms that are contextually correct, and there are more useful ways to define terms. There are some definitions that allow us to accurately infer ontological positions, and…


Do Non-Theists Live as Atheists?

One of the common objections I hear from both theists and atheists about the distinction of the various ontological positions held by non-theists is that they all live as atheists, so they may as well be regarded as one anyway. In fact, when I was writing Etymology vs Use/Definition: Atheism there were some that used atheist in a derogatory way in regards to theists that were immoral, or didn’t act in accordance with the bible. They were regarded as ‘practical…


Etymology vs Use/Definition: Atheism

Etymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history. The etymology of a word is not exactly the same as the use or definition. Consider how a direct translation of a phrase from French to English might not always make sense, but we would translate it into a form of English that did make sense. The same can be said for the etymology of a word. They quite often…


Agnostic Atheism – CMT – Vol: 13

It is very common to hear folks use the term agnostic atheist to describe themselves, and others. Let me say that you are free to identify how you like, though I would suggest you don’t be prescriptive with your identification on to others. If you wonder why; consider if you are the sort to tell others what their gender is. Yes, gender is a more sensitive topic, but we are speaking about identity here. That said, I think it is…


In Response to Trinity Radio’s ’10 Questions for Atheists’ – SciPhi: 015

Tonight we respond to Trinity Radio’s “10 Questions for Atheists” found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1SDYPaUNiY&feature=youtu.be Personally, I find these questions to be better than the average ‘Questions for atheists’ you seem from theists. They seemed open and honest rather than the gotcha style questions and were a pleasure to answer. Dave and I have both answered some of the more standard ‘questions for atheists’ posts as well in the past for example: In Response to “36 Questions for Atheists” TrolleyDave’s response to…


“If atheism is true…”

Introduction When it comes to asking questions about atheism, there are many malformed questions that the theist may put forward.  Anyone who has been an atheist and active on any social media platform will have come across such questions. Those questions that make us kind of tilt our heads and go ‘huh?’.  Two of those questions that often make some atheists go ‘huh?’ are ‘If atheism is true…?’ and ‘Can you prove atheism?’.  When these two questions are posed by…


New Atheism and New Atheists w/ Ozymandias Ramses II – SciPhi: 012 [Video]

Tonight 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. The conversation covered but was not limited to: Preferred Definition of Atheism So What was New Atheism? What does New Atheism describe today (or at least how do people…


Propositional Logic and Beliefs – Fresh AiR – S03:E02:C01 (AUDIO)

Propositional Logic and Beliefs Season 3 is all about trying something new. As you might have seen we have been running the SciPhi show on YouTube but in the background we have been planning and producing a bigger and better season 3 for you. Our last episode was on scepticism, and ties in nicely with tonight’s release on logic and belief. What’s also new is this is not only an AUDIO podcast but also available as a VIDEO, not to…


Propositional Logic and Beliefs – Fresh AiR – S03:E02:C01 (VIDEO)

Propositional Logic and Beliefs Season 3 is all about trying something new. As you might have seen we have been running the SciPhi show on YouTube but in the background we have been planning and producing a bigger and better season 3 for you. Our last episode was on scepticism, and ties in nicely with tonight’s release on logic and belief. What’s also new is this is not only an AUDIO podcast but also available as a VIDEO, not to…


Atheists, Atheism, and Ambiguity

Introduction An argument that I often hear is that ‘lack of belief in God’ and ‘do not believe God exists’ are the same thing.  Or the argument that ‘Just because I do not believe Y does not mean that I believe X’.  I will say outright now that I tend to agree with this, with some caveats.  You see, it is not always the case that these statements are true.  It all depends on the conversation being had, and the…