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Life and the meaning of death

I only just got around to watching this interview, by science writer John Horgan, with Sheldon Solomon, one of the architects of ‘terror-management theory’ – an attempt to explain how we cope with the existential terror created by the knowledge … Continue reading

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On how to be completely wrong about radicalisation: the curious case of Jerry Coyne

On his popular blog Why Evolution Is True, Jerry Coyne – eminent evolutionary biologist, outspoken atheist, and unrelenting critic of Islam – recently found time between posting pictures of his new boots and the food he’s been eating to wade … Continue reading

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Beyond belief: On the ethics of killing

Why Sam Harris’s argument that it’s ethically OK to kill people for what they believe still doesn’t stack up. It’s not uncommon for a polemicist’s words to come back to haunt them, as Sam Harris knows all too well. For … Continue reading

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Owning our mistakes

To err is human; to forgive, divine. Somewhere in between sits the willingness to admit when we’ve done wrong, and to take ownership of our transgressions against others. This is the crucial ingredient of a sincere apology and the first … Continue reading

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On being thankful for the freely given kindness of others

Friendships begin with liking or gratitude – roots that can be pulled up Daniel Deronda (1876), by George Eliot Twice in my life I’ve been stood behind someone in a queue who has unwittingly dropped a £10 pound note. Both … Continue reading

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A Free Will Resource via Al Mele

Originally posted on A Philosopher's Take:
Al Mele, one of the most distinguished and recognizable philosophers writing on free will has launched a new blog where he plans to field questions and generate discussion a few times a week…

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Touring the Veritable Museum of Mistakes: Thoughts on Dennett on Harris on Free Will

Philosopher Dan Dennett has recently taken Sam Harris to task over his arguments for rejecting the concept of free will. Here are my thoughts on this intellectual fallout. Sam Harris is perhaps the most prominent defender of the claim that … Continue reading

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