In 2015, I plan to explore more of the case against theism. Why does this interest me? Obviously, I think that theism is false and a bad influence on so many people and in so many important issues. It's also somewhat disturbing to me that the level of public discourse and contemplation surrounding so many of the outrageous claims made by various theistic hypotheses, as ubiquitous as they are, is so awful. On top of all that, it's an exciting and challenging intellectual exercise to reason against an idea whose defendants can resort to just about anything (god is omnipotent, omniscient, etc. after all) and have been doing so for a long time. So, I'll be looking at the evidential problem of evil, skeptical theism, & reformed epistemology. On the medical side, I'll discuss at least one way that Cardiology is like religion and I'll explore whether lifestyle changes are the key to treating atrial fibrillation. There will probably be some more updates about my health as I try to hold off on getting aortic valve surgery without incurring any identifiable consequences. If I can make the time (who knows? maybe while I'm recovering from valve surgery?), I might even blog my way through a couple of books. I hope you'll continue to follow along, but even if you don't, it just feels good to clarify my thoughts and get them down on paper. If you ever think that I've written anything that smells like sepsis rather than Skepsis, please let me know in the comments even if you prefer to do so anonymously. In the meantime, and while I take a break from writing for a couple of weeks, here's how 2014 went down over here:
Why there's nothing wrong with fundamentalism
What are deepities and how to avoid them. Keep calm and avoid Deepities
An essay by a friend on our home town: Why Winnipeg
Love your daughters
A 2-parter exploring faith and rationality: (1)There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio. (2)Are there more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio?
Exploring the claim that God must be the ground of objective moral truths: Does God ground transcendent moral truths? Is God a good explanation for morality (Part 1)? Is God a good explanation for morality (Part 2)?
Stephen Pinker on the moral instinct
Willful Blindness: A TED talk by Margaret Heffernan
What does God say about slavery?
A 2-part exchange with HJ Hornbeck on whether Sam Harris' off-the-cuff comments and blog defense are sexist: (1) Why Sam Harris' comments can't be sexist. (2) HJ Hornbeck should apologize to Sam Harris.
A few things I've learned about psychological gender differences
Pope Francis is a creationist
On the importance of parsimony
The problem with the gospel miracle accounts in 4 minutes
Why Ezekiel Emanual wants to die at 75.