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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
List of testimonies from people who just know their religion is true
amymea, writing in the ex-Mormon Reddit, takes to task someone who argues that the "testimony of the spirit" is good evidence that Mormonism is true, by listing a bunch of other people who had strong feelings upon reading their own religious texts.
mormonism  reddit  feelings  faith  religion  evidence 
april 2015 by pw201
Peter Boghossian vs Tim McGrew - YouTube
Here's an "Unbelievable" show in which Boghossian ("A Manual For Creating Atheists") talks to Tim McGrew, who's reasonably well known for his arguments in favour of belief in miracles. I've linked to a set of comments from "MrShamuto" where he undertakes more or less the process Boghossian describes in the books, of Socratic dialogue with "AdeToz", a Christian. It is long and occasionally interrupted by other people who are bonkers, but it's interesting to see Boghossian's stuff in action.
street-epistemology  epistemology  peter-boghossian  tim-mcgrew  philosophy  evidence  unbelievable  premier  christian  radio  socratic 
april 2015 by pw201
TAM2014 - Carol Tavris - Who's Lying Who's Self-Justifying - YouTube
"Social psychologist and author Carol Tavris on "Who's Lying? Who's Self-Justifying?: Origins of the He Said/She Said Gap in Sexual Communications". Discusses sexual assault but is mainly about discussions of sexual assault and dissonance.
sex  sexism  psychology  scepticism  cognitive-bias  evidence 
august 2014 by pw201
Skeptics shouldn't have lined up with the Mail to call Psychic Sally a fraud
"The great pity about the legal battle between the Daily Mail and ‘Psychic’ Sally Morgan was that somebody had to win." You're not a sceptic if you call someone a fraud without evidence
libel  law  sally-morgan  evidence  scepticism  daily-mail  psychic  fraud 
july 2013 by pw201
On the stupidity of asking, “but where’s the evidence we need evidence for things?”
"it’s a mistake to think that if someone thinks maybe you should have some evidence for a particular thing you believe, they are therefore committed to a sweeping philosophical doctrine about needing evidence for absolutely everything."
evidence  philosophy  epistemology 
may 2013 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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