Post-Postmodernism – Elitism, Relativism, Everyman

  The Postmodernist movement in the 20th Century was an attempt at reclassifying empirical knowledge to include its historical and societal context, thereby bringing much of history leading up to a state of knowledge into the conversations about knowledge itself. That is to day, instead of coming to a conclusion about what we know, in Postmodernist discourse, this knowledge can be reinterpreted as a complex and multifaceted story, which...

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On Powerlessness: God, Government, Guns

  In my recent talk at Victorian Skeptics, I suggested that in times of stress and peril, ones where we have little or no influence over the situation, humanity often looks for reasons for the unthinkable happening. Partially this is so that we can remember the happenings leading up to a perilous situation, and partially so we can gain a sense of owning the situation, or have a sense of agency within the situation. For instance, if a town...

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Hyper-Skepticism, Cynicism, Conspiracy Theory – Some More States of Disbelief

  Last night I was lucky enough to have been asked to do a talk at the Victorian Skeptics’ monthly Skeptics Cafe, where I spoke to the members and guests of Victorian Skeptics, on the topic above. Below is an audio player with the talk, and a download link with an mp3 file. Below that I have included my original script, and the slides from my presentation. Thanks to Victorian Skeptics for this chance to talk among you, and I...

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Young Earth Creationism – Why It Will Never Do

  To those of you with even a very basic understanding of the way the earth formed, abiogenesis, and evolution, this may seem like a waste of time to read, because you’ve heard it all before. But unfortunately there are people out there who claim, by the words written in their holy books, that the earth can only be between 6 and 10 thousand years old, because, before that, there was nothing. This flies in the face of our actual and...

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In Conversation: Shelley Segal and Mr Oz Atheist

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure and privilege of finally catching up with singer/songwriter Shelley Segal. We have been trying to catch up for a chat for a couple of years, and I wasn’t disappointed. Joining me in conversation with Shelley was blogger and twitter extraordinaire, MrOzAtheist, AKA Donovan. Due to some technical problems with the recording, the opening section of the conversation is a little jumpy. Luckily I was able...

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