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Scottish Independence – my thoughts

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Featured, Philosophy, Politics | 3 comments

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel and flag-waving the first action of a warmonger. yes-no2 I am British, English, and live on the south coast of the UK. That said, the coming Thursday referendum affects me as much as most people in the country. I will set out what is, for me and my compatriots, the most important democratic decision in the last hundred years, if not ever. At present, the polls are all suggesting it too close to call. They are neck and neck.

Creative Suicide

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in Aesthetics, Philosophy, Random | 0 comments

I’m not sure about anyone else, but I find myself aloof at times. It’s easy for me to become so bogged down in this world of abstract thinking that I forget that most people don’t care whether such things as metaphysical nihilism or modal realism are descriptive of reality or not. And I think that I, like many people, need a creative release.

Islam vs Christianity: the core differences

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Biblical Exegesis, Featured, Islam, Religion and Society, Secularism, Theology | 17 comments

I have articulated this many, many times, but never yet as a full blog post, so here goes. What is it that differentiates the two major world religions, and how does this translate across to the behaviour of their adherents? This is a pretty vital question for understanding the state of affairs with world religions and worldviews, especially in present day context...

Jesus: burial practices and crucifixion

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Atheism, Featured, History, Jesus, Skepticism | 9 comments

I am having a massive debate on my facebook page at the moment with someone from the Unbelievable forum, which I have now left (tiring of the time-wasting silliness of some of the posters) about the Roman/Jewish burial practices after crucifixion with regard to Jesus' death. Here is my latest comment on the thread: Ok, so here is what I think. First, it is important to note that I take a sort of Bayesian approach; that being, the most plausible hypothesis should be taken to be the most likely to be true, and this involves evidence, prior probability and background knowledge.