All Blog Posts Tagged 'logic' (28)

A Philosophical View

I enjoy looking at a variety of views on both theism and atheism. One argument that has intrigued me is the problem of evil which goes something like this:

Premise 1.) If God exists, then there would be no evil (immoral actions) in the world.

Premise 2.) There is (are) evil (immoral actions) in the world.

Conclusion: God does not exist.



This is a strong argument in favor of Atheism, however many would try to attack the first premise which we shall call (1). I have been… Continue

Added by Real Life James Bond on March 11, 2013 at 1:09am — No Comments

What determines that you have won the debate?

I pose this question, since I have watched many of William Lane Craig's great academy award winning performances. I have heard many atheist say that he has won most of the debates against atheist, but I have always come to the conclusion that he has not provided anything with substance. He uses the same old arguments that are known not to be very strong. Therefore from my point of view he lost. I think a person wins a debate if their claims are true, if they provide evidence, and if the…

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Added by Eric Diaz on May 27, 2012 at 10:47am — 11 Comments

From the 'Why do I even bother' file...

Me commenting on some moron’s insistent splattering of idiocy at a HuffingtonPost.com article related to Christopher Hitchens that isn’t worth linking here:

“You lack a grasp of logic and don’t even understand what you yourself are saying, Harley.

You’re claiming not having proof of something somehow positively supports what you…

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Added by Kevin Leroux on December 19, 2011 at 6:36am — No Comments

Goofing on the Omnipotence Paradox

Can god create a rock that is too big/heavy for god to pick up? Many first year philosophy students have encountered this question. It provides a great basis for which to deny the omnipotence of god. It also drives theists who persist in traditional Christian models of god absolutely ape shit.

 

First of all omnipotence:

 

The word is derived from Latin, Omni (all) Potens (power). To be omnipotent, then is to be all powerful. In the case of the Christian god…

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Added by Ezra T. Klatt on September 9, 2011 at 1:22pm — No Comments

God is logically impossible

If God provided proof that he exists, then it would be logical to believe in him.  The absence of proof leaves only faith for belief.  You do not need faith if you have proof and vice versa.  By God’s own choice, he can only be known by faith.



But why have faith in this particular God?  If God won’t give us proof, what’s to stop us from believing in Allah or Zeus?  To have faith is to deny logic.  What alternative is there to logic?  How do we think?  Mindlessness is the absence…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 24, 2011 at 7:19pm — 37 Comments

How A Christian Lost His Faith

I thought it only appropriate for my first TA blog to be a story of how I lost my faith. Let it be a lesson on how to reason with the unreasonable. First a little background on where I came from.



I was raised in a Christian fundamentalist home. My uncle is a Petroleum Engineer which he thinks…

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Added by Moral Atheist on July 5, 2011 at 5:10pm — 16 Comments

The art of logic on internet forums.

Applied logic is a form of art, akin to the art of war or the art of medicine and unrelated to the fine arts. Specifically, it is the art of persuasion - how to convince others to believe your arguments on face value. Humans talk like they think, and usually write like they talk. How a conversation with this person would be can therefore be interpreted from forum activity, and it's quite easy to understand a substantial part of the psychology of others from online behavior.

(This is…

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Added by Arcus on June 18, 2011 at 6:42pm — 3 Comments

"If God didn't exist, Atheists wouldn't exist."

I hear this now and again from religious people, especially Christians. It was going around on Twitter today. Apparently a few people found it pretty profound.   It's superficial and designed to sound clever, esoterical and wise. It's also, indirectly an argument from authority. God exists and that's that.  Of course it's has no logic and is pure nonsense.  It might better be inverted to say Atheists wouldn't need to exist if there was a God.  

I sometimes wonder if…

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Added by robert mcbean on June 16, 2011 at 5:32pm — 6 Comments

Thinking about...

There are a number of different topics I have been thinking about as of late. I've been moderately involved with the two "alternative" religious related student groups on my campus over the last couple of years: Atheists and Pagans.

 

The Atheist club includes free-thinkers and does not limit itself to classifications of who might be a "true" atheist and how they display that to the public. The Pagan club is an alliance of "alternative" religions, though there is a focus on…

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Added by isaac.furniss on May 22, 2011 at 4:37pm — 1 Comment

The burden of proof lies on religion.

So I posted this on Tumblr and it's received a few notes in the past few days:

 

 

The response that caused me to retort was the view "back the fuck off, I'll believe what I want" meaning the message in the picture has either been completely ignored or went totally over their head.

HAHAHAHAA wow. I “must” - huh?

My boyfriend the philosopher always suggests that science is just a series of theories. For example, we don’t know…

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Added by Mr. Anderson on May 18, 2011 at 6:39pm — 15 Comments

Am I wrong here?

My boyfriend and I got into a little discussion about the iPad. I find the commercials ridiculous, using such words like, "magical." They're presumptuous and arrogant.

 

He asked me, "How do you know it's not magic? Do you know how it works?"

 

I said, "No. Of course not. But that doesn't mean it's magic. There is a perfectly good explanation of how touch screens work. Just because I don't know how it works doesn't mean it's magic."

 

He went on to…

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Added by Mallory on April 27, 2011 at 12:17am — 3 Comments

21 Common logic errors

1. Ad Hominem Argument An argument that counters another’s claim or conclusion by attacking the person, rather than attacking the argument itself. (Latin, “against the man.”) A specific example of the Genetic Fallacy which assumes that an idea is not true because of its origin. E.g., a Democrat (or Republican) has a idea, therefore, it must be bad. (Also called the Fallacy of Irrelevance.)



2. Argument from Antiquity An argument is true because it has… Continue

Added by Loop Johnny on March 30, 2011 at 11:24am — 14 Comments

Run away theist?

On a car forum I moderate on, a religion thread was started. It wasn't long before the zealots came out to praise one another and then the resident Atheists chimed in. There was one theist in particular that was heading up their side of the discussion and is the main party I replied to and debated in the thread. There were a few moments that make you go 'huh?', like when someone claimed that Christians were the minority. That was quickly dispatched with a brief providing of actual…

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Added by James on January 13, 2011 at 11:16pm — 1 Comment

I Did Not Suspect That Coming...Regarding The Spanish Inquisition

Imagine my surprise when the door suddenly opens and people run in yelling, "YOU DONT BELIEVE IN GOD?"

"NO ONE EVER SUSPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!!!"



maybe I should have started out writing about how my evening went last night (night before Thanksgiving) and then giving the Monty Python 'Spanish Inquisition' punch line near the end of this post- either way, holy tits...they came out of no where. I am hangin' with the bros drinking a fine Belgian wheat ale and playing some liars… Continue

Added by Jake W. Andrews on November 25, 2010 at 11:02pm — 1 Comment

Fast "Facts", a Christian Debating iPhone App - Part 3

Welcome to the third installment in what is sure to be a lengthy response to the claims and arguments made in the popular Christian iPhone app for debaters and apologists, called Fast Facts.


In the first two parts, as well as this one, I will be tackling the section of the app under the "Challenges and Tactics" category. There are so many counter-arguments to supposedly popular claims and challenges, and so much to say about most of them, that…
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Added by Yet Another Atheist on September 21, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

What Faith and Blogs have in common

Today, all around the Internet, especially on facebook and the like, there was a story moving with vicious veracity, that President Obama had canceled the National Day of Prayer. This, of course, is not true! It was cancelled by Judge Barbara Crabb from Wisconsin. She is the same judge that handed down the controversial Wisconsin Walleye War ruling in 1987. But I am sure that she will be remembered for this instead. Since, no one outside of Wisconsin knows what the hell… Continue

Added by caleb daniel on May 5, 2010 at 2:16pm — 8 Comments

Delirium

Delirium is a common and severe neuropsychiatric syndrome with core features of acute onset and fluctuating course and attentional deficits. It also often involves other cognitive deficits, changes in arousal (hyperactive, hypoactive, or mixed), perceptual deficits, altered sleep-wake cycle, and psychotic features including hallucinations and delusions. - Wikipedia…

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Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on April 12, 2010 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Drama from an Abandoned Blog

I started a blog last fall, Agnostic Innocence, which lately I have grown rather disenchanted with. To make a long story short, I started the blog specifically with the intent to better understand my own position on different topics; it was really an exercise in my own introspection that I published on the internet in order to force myself to adhere to the writing standards of the public sphere. At the time I began (and named) the blog, I was technically an atheist in that I did not… Continue

Added by Shine on March 14, 2010 at 6:30pm — 20 Comments

Happy Vennsday!

Ok, terrible pun. But I was brainstorming for an essay that I am writing and came up with this, and it just happened to be Wednesday, and I just happened to find terrible puns completely irresistible... Anyways, does it seem logically sound? Any of the terminology inappropriate?

Added by Shine on December 16, 2009 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Homophobia

I really cannot understand it. Every day here in Texangelical Hell, I am surrounded by a constant and persistent undercurrent of homophobia. Often the gay-bashing is quite blatant as derogatory slurs and obscene references are casually tossed into conversation; these comments are usually fueled by a touted “disgust” for homosexual practices. This is irritating, but largely dismissive as I find that it only brands the speaker as childish and incapable of rational adult… Continue

Added by Shine on December 5, 2009 at 4:30pm — 13 Comments

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