Category Archives: Philosophy

The Scientific Christian, Part 2: Peanuts to Space


Oh no not again [1] I’m reviewing Who Ordered the Universe? by Nick Hawkes. I must apologise to readers who prefer their book reviews short and pithy: the Reverend Doctor manages to cram an inordinate number of dubious statements into … Continue reading

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The Scientific Christian, Part 1: Begging the Question


I have been reading a book by Rev Dr Nick Hawkes, a pastor, writer and broadcaster living in Australia, who has four degrees, two in science and two in theology. The book is called Who Ordered the Universe?: Evidence for … Continue reading

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Agape, Anyone?


Yakaru’s recent post about finding “common ground” between religion & science by distorting both reminded me of a review I wrote in 2012 on the Amazon site of the book Religion for Atheists: A non-believer’s guide to the uses of religion, … Continue reading

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Humanity Waking Up: origins of religion


For some time I’ve been interested in religion as a natural phenomenon, how it might have developed in early human cultures, what evolutionary processes might be involved, and so on. I wrote a review here of Breaking the Spell, by … Continue reading

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Stephen Cave Video


I just thought I’d share this.

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Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, by Daniel Dennett


I am more than a bit disappointed with Breaking the Spell (my first Dennett apart from an essay or two). I found myself plodding through the book, at times wondering if I should bother to finish it. I persevered, but … Continue reading

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Understand Evolution, Enjoy the Games of Life


Author’s Note: Since publication, the Stellar Alchemy website has closed, and the program 3DVCE is no longer (apparently) under development. I’ve posted a copy of the latest version (AFAIK) as a zip file you can download from here. Log in … Continue reading

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The Law of Attraction is Repulsive


Ok, that was all very childish. I was thinking I really should look at the good side of the Law of Attraction. Surely it must have something going for it. I set out to sort the wheat from the chaff. … Continue reading

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Secret secrets of the Secret


  My earlier treatment of the Law of Attraction was rather erudite, and I found this excellent video, which, while not as erudite as my treatment, does involve a man with the magical ability to attract antique meat grinders to his … Continue reading

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The Secret: shhhhh, pass it on.


I’m having another run-in with believers in the so-called ‘Law of Attraction’ at Steve Pavlina’s Personal Development for Smart People forum (now closed, Dec 2011 – I wonder why that is). Someone posted to share their unease about it, and I (as … Continue reading

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