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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Politics, Skepticism | 15 comments

Divorcing oneself from movements – or from people

PZ Myers’s “divorce” from skepticism highlights how we sometimes forget how trivial our disagreements – and the actors in those disagreements – are. All these blogs, quabbles, rifts and so forth are sometimes operating in some crude filter-bubbles, where we can become sanctimonious, defiant, and so stubborn that we’re unable to see our own errors.

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Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Atheism, Politics | 7 comments

The sound and fury of sanctimony

Making progress in resolving disagreements with regard to culture, values and religious beliefs is difficult enough, given the emotive nature of the beliefs in question. We could perhaps make the task slightly easier through paying attention to not misrepresenting each other, and also sometimes through getting our own houses in order.

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Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Philosophy, Politics | 3 comments


It’s not clear to me that things like Blasphemy Day are a good idea. They do cost the atheist movement some goodwill, and to the extent that they might change minds, I’m not convinced that they change minds with sufficiently increased probability over more sensitive criticisms.

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