Atheism, agnosticism and theism 2: What it is to have a belief

Previous posts in this series: One. We talk a lot about believing this or that, and about faith and the content of faith, but we are often a little bit vague on what that actually entails and why. Philosophers, however, have a range of senses of “belief”, often shared by psychologists and artificial life researchers. For Read More…

Atheism, agnosticism and theism: the landscape, part 1

In the Socrates Café (Sydney) talk based on my paper “Could God have set up Darwinian Accidents?”, I addressed about 70 people, only a couple of whom were philosophers (hi Rachel, hi Tim). I like doing these talks, because they allow me to make what is otherwise fairly dry technical material relevant to folks. It’s Read More…

Is the soul something we should be agnostic about?

In a piece on the Scientific American guest blog, the day before mine, Sean Carroll made an interesting argument: Claims that some form of consciousness persists after our bodies die and decay into their constituent atoms face one huge, insuperable obstacle: the laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood, and there’s no way Read More…

Amis to Hitchens on agnosticism

My dear Hitch: there has been much wild talk, among the believers, about your impending embrace of the sacred and the supernatural. This is of course insane. But I still hope to convert you, by sheer force of zealotry, to my own persuasion: agnosticism. In your seminal book, God Is Not Great, you put very Read More…

Agnostics needed!

There’s an advertising headline I never thought I’d see. We’re conducting a web survey of nonbelievers (atheists, agnostics, doubters, sceptics etc.) So far, we’ve had a good response, with over 1700 usable submissions. We’ve got lots of atheists, but we do not have as many agnostics as we would like. We’d like to ask for Read More…

Agnosticism, Atheism and Definitions

On disbelief April 2006 What is an Agnostic? October 2006 Agnostic Still November 2006 On Learned Ignorance November 2006 Atheism and agnosticism… again December 2006 Another kind of Agnosticism January 2007 Atheism versus agnosticism… in Darwin April 2007 [Included to show that I am not being modernist in my use of the terms.] What is Read More…

Why agnostics don’t have holidays

Courtesy of Leiter