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Sorry about that

Turns out the neat little widget I used to display the latest forum comments broke the WordPress code. I deactivated it and my website should now be running normally again. I have no idea how long it was broken since I’m pretty busy these days with the bureaucracy of starting on my master degree. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Interview with Robin LePoidevin

Robin LePoidevin

 

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I had a chat with the always impeccably dressed Robin LePoidevin about atheism, agnosticism, and some of his books on behalf of the Faroese Atheist Society, ‘Gudloysi.’ Despite the anger of the thunder-gods outside, it was both interesting and quite illuminating to take a peak into the mind of such a distinguished professor of philosophy.

 

A soap opera star is a better philosopher than you

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Where’s your God now, William Lane Craig?

What if…

…the rapture actually did happen as Harold Camping foretold but we were all left behind?

Although take a look at this video and tell me you wouldn’t rather be in this world than the next.

Also rapture-happy Christians should read this website before issuing their next prediction.

Happy Draw Mohammed Day Sequel!

MohammedThere’s nothing much to say to this that I haven’t already said last year. Although I must say that oddly enough almost only Christians took offence when I last drew Mohammed.

As you can see, this year’s Mohammed has had his bomb-fuse extinguished because his anger has become diluted through the repetition of us drawing him. Also he’d rather play video-games. What is he playing? Mortal Kombat? My Little Pony? We’ll never know, but he seems much happier, bless him.

As I was drawing him it struck me how odd it is that anyone would be offended by my act of so doing. If only they knew how much I care about all of my cartoon characters. I think it’s because to draw an emotion I have to empathise with it, so Mohammed’s indignation or apathy becomes my own to an extent. Besides, Mohammed is just downright cuddly, really.

Heini

P.S. If anyone is interested in a thorough and passionate explanation of why it’s important to draw Mohammed, I recommend the following video by Thunderf00t:

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Edit: I was featured on Friendly Atheist again this year. As last year I am very honoured to be among good company.

Talk at A-Soc on Intelligent Design

http://www.dissectingthoughts.com/video/IntelligentDesign2011.flv

A while back I held a little talk loosely based on my Intelligent Design essay for the Leeds Atheist Society. I’ve had the video cluttering up my hard drive for a while but only now figured out how to convert and embed it, so there you go. The sound quality is shoddy and my accent is thick but hopefully I’m understandable.

If, for some unfathomable reason, you want, you can download the slides from the talk here.

Omniscience Entails Fatalism

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Dear friend in philosophy
Thank you for your recent charming company. As you might recall from our discussion at the restaurant, I remarked glibly that omniscience entails fatalism. You, of course, disagreed with me on the grounds that God’s existence is somehow atemporal. Since informal discussions over lunch, sadly cut short by your disappearance, are less than conducive to heavy philosophy, I thought this clarification in order.

I believe I can prove my assertion. Given a few reasonable assumptions, and a particular understanding of the concepts involved, we should be able to Continue Reading..

On bridges, lifebelts, and being wrong

“There was once an atheist man,” a colleague of mine told me after someone outed my atheism to her. “Who fell into the ocean. And then he called out for Jesus.” She was a nice woman in her mid-life who had probably never met an atheist before. I could tell it shocked her profoundly that such a thing even existed – as if I had suddenly turned into a feral leprechaun before her very eyes. So I hurriedly ended my shift while politely informing her that, in the man’s stead, I would rather have called for a lifebelt.

LifebeltMaybe it’s just because I’m from the Faroe Islands but, in my experience, Christians seem obsessed with falling into the ocean. Another frequently used canard is the good old “If you saw someone falling into the ocean and you knew they couldn’t swim, wouldn’t you do anything to save them?” This is usually the go-to excuse for the “tough love” of the unpleasant and dishonest kind of proselytism and of the forcible injection of religion into education and politics. A variation is the oft-repeated bridge-gambit; “If someone were about to walk onto a bridge, you knew to be unstable, wouldn’t you be justified in saving them from danger by any means?”

The danger is Hell, the rickety bridge is Continue Reading..

Speak softly

On our trip to Liverpool this weekend my girlfriend and I stumbled across a little shop down by the docks called Nauticalia. They specialised mostly in silly souvenirs and pirate-toys for the shorter population. However, imagine my delight when I found this amazing looking, high-quality cane. I have long been searching for just such a cane with a knob instead of a handle. At first I resisted temptation. However, I just had to buy it once I found out that not only can it be screwed apart into three conveniently stored pieces, it also has two “secret” compartments containing a telescope and a compass – both fully functioning! Check out my gallery below for a showcase of the cane’s many “features.” Continue Reading..

Theists, stop being ignorant about meta-ethics!

I recently watched the Notre Dame debate between Sam Harris and William Lane Craig entitled ‘Is Good from God?’ I can refute everything Craig said in just three words:

Ideal Observer Theory

Look, theists, if you want to argue that Divine Command Theory farts rainbows and brings orgasms to needy little children, knock yourselves out. But honestly, stop acting as if it were the only coherent meta-ethical theory ever devised in the history of humanity. It doesn’t make you look clever, it makes you look either ignorant or dishonest. Craig must certainly be immorally dishonest, since as a Research Professor of Philosophy he ought to know better.

No, I don’t intend to defend Ideal Observer Theory over Divine Command Theory – though I’ll recommend Michael Martin’s book ‘Atheism, Morality, and Meaning‘ for the interested – and Ideal Observer Theory isn’t even the only theory that fulfils Craig’s criteria of ‘objectivity.’ I don’t even know why we should take seriously Craig’s assertion that ‘If God doesn’t exist there can be no objective morality’ since it basically just boils down to an argument from Craig’s personal incredulity.

However, my point is that philosophical integrity demands that we ought at the very least acknowledge that there are other positions available. We don’t have to accept them. Hell, we can argue vehemently against their veracity. But the least we can do is to not pretend that there is no opposing view; no legitimate disagreement. That’s not philosophy, that’s just plain old propaganda.

For shame!