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This announcement comes via the UK magazine The Skeptic: Special announcement: we have a new legal column, which will be contributed by Geoff Whelan of GMSS and QEDcon, and Helen Dale of skepticlawyer.com.au. Geoff kicks off this issue with thoughts on the legal practicalities of prosecuting psychics. The Skeptic is a magazine of the traditional […]

Storytellers and moralists

If you’re going to win an argument or persuade someone to your point of view, it helps if you can tell a story. And by this I don’t mean any old story, but the sort of story that kept you awake at night as a kid, or made you cry, or made you afraid to […]

The Notpology

Apologising for something one does not think is wrong is not very nice. Apart from anything else, it is insincere. I have done it several times in my life, once publicly. The public apology was not a success for anyone concerned (me or those who disliked me), and I have long since retracted it. Sometimes […]

The Two Cultures Redux

On May 7, 1959, British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow delivered an influential Rede Lecture at Cambridge University. His lecture concerned the intellectual division between the sciences and the humanities, and contained the following famous passage: I remember G. H. Hardy once remarking to me in mild puzzlement, some time in the 1930s, ‘Have you noticed how the word ’intellectual’ is used nowadays. There seems to be a new definition which certainly doesn’t include Rutherford or Eddington or Dirac or Adrian or me? It […]

Mel’s question

During the course of what is now a lengthy thread on the future and role of the humanities in higher education, Mel asked me a very thought-provoking question. It runs as follows: SL, do you have any thoughts on the theories and theoreticians popular in the humanities that derive in whole or in part from […]

Mind Your Head

On the very lengthy ‘charge the Pope‘ thread, there was some discussion in the comments of the moral content of different religions. There were suggestions that some religions may in fact be superior to others with respect to their social and institutional effects, even if on an epistemological level, all of them are equally untrue. […]

Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

… Or, should I say, Richard Dawkins. Apparently, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are consulting their lawyers to see whether the Pope can be charged when he visits Britain in September. Mr Dawkins and Mr Hitchens believe the Pope should face charges for the alleged cover-up of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, The Guardian reports. […]

A world without monotheism

I originally posted this comment to the Richard Dawkins forum (which gets rather bitter and nasty over time). I’m writing a novel based around the issue now, but the question originally came from one of my students. ——————————— This topic came up when I googled the question ‘what would civilisation look like without monotheism? I […]

Moral panic? What moral panic?

Being of a libertarian cast of mind, I’ve often been of the view that all the campaigns about smoking, drugs and obesity are more than a little overdone. It’s not that I think these things are unhealthy — they plainly are. It’s more that I suspect the moral panic is made worse not because we […]

The Dawkins Delusion – Guest Post by ‘G’

[SL: G is a lurker and occasional commenter on this blog who describes himself as an 'amateur theologian'. I'm not sure what he means by that, because he seems pretty knowledgeable to me. His home blog is here. In this piece, he turns his mind to Richard Dawkins's popular piece of God-bashing, The God Delusion. […]