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Epistemic extremism – UseOfReason
Contra Internet ("shoe") atheism: I don't need to be able to prove a thing to you before I can rationally believe it.
philosophy  belief  epistemology  Atheism  proof 
march 2018 by pw201
Recommendations please: Is there more to Belief than Credence above a certain threshold? : askphilosophy
Apparently, the thesis that this is all there is to belief is known as the Lockean thesis and is regarded as wrong. Some interesting references to dig into.
philosophy  epistemology  belief 
january 2018 by pw201
Just why can’t we atheists see that religious belief is reasonable? Some religious answers
"Why do we atheists reject religious belief, and consider it irrational? Here is a survey of some of the explanations that have been offered by the religious. They're not good. "
atheism  religion  philosophy  stephen-law  belief  rationality 
december 2015 by pw201
Is a ‘lack of belief’ the best we can do? | The Philosopher's Groan
"There is a common view – one you yourself may hold – that the only intellectually honest position for an atheist to have is a ‘lack of belief’ in gods. Today I’m going to argue that this definition is confused, and should be retired. It is too broad to be useful, and that we ought to reserve the word ‘atheist’ for active disbelief in the existence of gods. Furthermore, I’ll try to demonstrate that we have a much stronger positive philosophical case for rationally believing that no god – theistic or deistic – exists."
atheism  philosophy  agnosticism  belief 
may 2015 by pw201
Britain Uncovered survey results: the attitudes and beliefs of Britons in 2015 | Society | The Guardian
The Graun surveyed about 1000 people and weighted the results according to the UK's demographics. Among other things, the bit about religion was interesting to me: their survey said "A majority of Britons (82%) do not actively practise a religion and a clear majority of the population (61%) agree with that “These days religion is a negative influence in the world rather than a force for good.” Unsurprisingly, those who associate with a religion are less likely to hold this view."
survey  britain  secularism  religion  belief  attitudes  politics  guardian 
april 2015 by pw201
Justin Schieber on Twitter: "Nobody just lacks belief in unicorns. We all believe (for good reason, mind you) that they are fictions. So too is it the case with gods."
Justin Schieber (an atheist) argues against the claim that "atheism is just a lack of belief". This seems fair enough: what atheists tend to use the claim for is to say that they don't have a duty to rebut any random stuff someone comes up with, but in fact, we consider the eixstence of gods and unicorns unlikely based on our background knowledge and the lack of expected evidence (which is evidence of absence), and this is a legitimate belief.
belief  god  atheism  theism  unicorns  evidence  epistemology 
april 2015 by pw201
Arguments From My Opponent Believes Something | Slate Star Codex
1. Argument From My Opponent Believes Something, Which Is Kinda Like Believing It On Faith, Which Is Kinda Like Them Being A Religion: “The high priests of the economic orthodoxy take it on faith that anyone who doubts the market is a heretic who must be punished.”
argument  belief  debate  epistemology 
july 2013 by pw201
Web of Beliefs 2012: Complete Edition - Greatplay.net
Peter Hurford's summary of his beliefs, which links to a lot of his interesting essays. I should do myself one of these, I reckon.
religion  belief  philosophy  epistemology  science 
february 2013 by pw201
What Nonbelievers Believe | Psychology Today
"Common sense, not complex philosophy, often drives religious skepticism."
belief  psychology  atheism  science  humanism  religion 
march 2012 by pw201
The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science | Mother Jones
"How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link." Amusing for the number of comments which say "But vaccines really do cause autism" etc. etc.
science  psychology  belief  neuroscience  rationality  bias 
april 2011 by pw201
Richard Norman - Beyond belief
Richard Norman on the "New Believers": Terry Eagleton, Karen Armstrong and such like, the people who say religion is not remotely about believing stuff. "I cannot see how, in the end, a distinctive religious identity can be possible unless it is based on the acceptance of at least some non-metaphorical factual beliefs – beliefs about the existence of a personal deity and about how his intentions and purposes explain our world. Those beliefs do, inescapably, need to be rationally defended. And they can’t be. On that point, certainly, Dawkins is right."
richard-norman  belief  religion  karen-armstrong  terry-eagleton  eagleton  richard-dawkins 
november 2009 by pw201
Plantinga: Religious Beilef as Properly Basic
A nice introduction to Plantinga's ideas. I've not read his books, so I don't know how accurately they're summarised, but it seems to fit with what I've read elsewhere.
belief  philosophy  plantinga  epistemology  christianity  religion  alvin-plantinga 
october 2009 by pw201
The Psychology of Apologetics: Biblical Inerrancy
'..the “updating” of our belief system in the light of new information or evidence does not occur in a vacuum. It occurs, rather, in the context of a very large and complex array of “background beliefs”'

Some interesting stuff on Quine and what constitutes evidence. The comments are good too.
theology  psychology  apologetics  quine  evidence  belief  positivism  empiricism 
december 2008 by pw201

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