Aug 222012

It is good to have wider acceptance that “atheism” isn’t an end-point, and that much more is needed. Here are some of the recent posts about “Atheism+”: Jen McCreight: Atheism+ Jen McCreight: Atheism+: It’s time to walk the walk Jen McCreight: Why Atheism+ and not Humanism? Greta Christina: Atheism Plus: The New Wave of Atheism Greta Christina: Is “Atheism Plus” Just Secular Humanism? Greta Christina: Why Atheism Plus Is Good for Atheism Ashley Miller: The difference between “atheism+” and humanism But why isn’t the discussion under one of the following names? Secular Democracy + Humanism + Social Justice + Human . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Sep 302011

I normally stay out of internet wars, but this one has progressed well beyond the point that I can remain silent. Sometimes you just have to stand up and be counted. The details are well covered elsewhere: By Rebecca Watson: Mom, Don’t Read This By PZ Myers: Haters gotta hate By Ophelia Benson: What misogynists call outspoken women and many others I hadn’t thought that supposedly rational people would even think such nasty things. But publishing those views, in such a sustained and apparently coordinated manner, suggests that “enlightenment” is not an aspiration for those people. That is the biggest . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Sep 012011

I learn that there is to be a “Conspiracy theory” event in London later in September. I love reading about conspiracy theories (up to a point)! Someone I currently follow on Twitter has written about “Conspiracy Theory” (apparently a proper noun): The problem faced by Conspiracy Theory Conspiracy Theory as Political Philosophy and Ideology I don’t (yet) know enough to decide whether these articles are serious political and social analysis, or post-modernist waffle. I’ll post some analysis of my own from 2002/2003: The context is a bizarre Usenet dialogue (“Child Support Reforms International Conspiracy“) from 2002 with someone who was (technically) . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]