Category Archives: Science

Arguing with Idiots: Sceptical Outreach during a Global Pandemic


I have an addiction: I go on YouTube quite a lot, doing what my late friend, John Brand used to call, “arguing with idiots.” He always advised against this. “You should never argue with idiots,” he’d say, “it just confuses … Continue reading

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Natural Consciousness: (Part 2) Being


I think; therefore it’s time I returned to my series on consciousness. Part 1, “Emptiness”, was mainly anecdotal, sharing what I think I’ve concluded from my experience of meditation. I suggested that the idea of “pure awareness” is an illusion, … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules: #3) Make friends with people who want the best for you


I’m going through a talk by Jordan Peterson on his twelve rules for life, assessing them one by one in the context of Peterson’s approach to life and politics. We’ve survived as far as Rule #3.   Make friends with … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules: #2) Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping


In this series, I’m going through a talk by Jordan Peterson on his twelve rules for life, assessing them one by one in the context of Peterson’s approach to life and politics. It’s time for part two… Treat yourself like … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules: #1) Stand Up Straight with your Shoulders Back


Introduction to the Series This is the first of a new twelve-part series on Dr Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules for Life. I will assess each rule, one per post, as he presents it in this talk, given at the How … Continue reading

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Do We Have Free Will?


I remember as a child reading something about “the will” and thinking how odd it was that philosophers talked about it like they might talk about an object. The will? Don’t we just do stuff? I haven’t thought a lot … Continue reading

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A Naturalistic Explanation of Suffering


Last time, I noted something of a gap in the results of internet searches on the origin of suffering. I didn’t see any naturalistic explanations, at least in the first page, just supernatural ones and the odd bit of anthropocentric … Continue reading

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On the Origin of Morphic Resonance


Or The Preservation of Favoured Hypotheses Have you ever wondered how Rupert Sheldrake came up with the idea of morphic resonance? No, I haven’t really either, but I happened across this interview with Joe Rogan, in which he explained it. … Continue reading

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The Scientific Christian, Part 3: The Spin Doctor


We have seen that Rev Dr Nick Hawkes, author of Who Ordered the Universe? is a master of the begged question, and we have seen that he is quite adept at quote-mining. Looking at chapter 2, The Evidence of God … Continue reading

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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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