Richard Carrier

The Argument from Specified Complexity against Supernaturalism

Creationists may have bitten their own head off with their idea of specified complexity. Because there is a case to be made that if specified complexity can exist, the supernatural cannot. The creationist William Dembski famously contrived the concept of “specified complexity,” as a distinct category of mere complexity, early this century. Many criticisms (some…

Money Buys Happiness? Not After You Hit Six Figures

Five years ago I took Michael Shermer to task for pushing pseudoscience in his bungled attempt to argue (in agreement with Sam Harris and myself) that moral philosophy could and should be retooled into a proper empirical science, the same way every other philosophical subject has before (from cosmology and philosophy of mind, to actual…

Come Toast a Drink with Me in Chicago!

I will be at O’Callaghan’s in downtown Chicago having lunch and an early drink between noon and two pm this Monday (9 April 2018). I’ll have books on hand if you want to buy any (all usual forms of payment accepted). Or bring any you already have to get them signed! Come on by &…

Some Reasons You Might Want to Take My April Course…

Following are several testimonials of past students of my monthly online courses. Starting this Sunday, I’ll be teaching Building a Godless Worldview, a complete introduction to philosophy as an practical activity and not just a historical subject. For details, description, and registration see my announcement. Registration remains open the whole week. It’s study-at-your-own-pace, you can…

Dying-and-Rising Gods: It’s Pagan, Guys. Get Over It.

Easter this year lands most fittingly on April Fool’s Day. Because indeed, the resurrection of Jesus is akin to the greatest prank in history. Not because anyone actually faked it (though the evidence we have left, remains fully consistent with their having done so: see Robert Price’s chapter “Explaining the Resurrection without Recourse to Miracle”…

Your Own Moral Reasoning: Some Things to Consider

We all know the Golden Rule, taught supposedly by the Jewish Rabbi Jesus in the West and the Confucian scholar Mo Tzu in the East: “do to others as you would have done for yourself.” Or as the equally ancient Rabbi Hillel, or Confucius himself, said, “do not do to others what you would not…

Speaking Near Detroit on April 1

I’ll be delivering a talk and Q&A on “What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?” for the Michigan Atheists at The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (28611 W 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, Michigan) on Sunday, April 1, from 5 PM to 8 PM. The subtitle is “Discovering the Pagan Foundations of Modern…

Feser Still Can’t Read

Feser keeps trying. And keeps failing. Indeed, he is now making things worse, by demonstrating he doesn’t even understand what is going on here. To catch you up: I wrote a critique of his book. He wrote a reply. I wrote a response to that reply showing how he didn’t understand my critique and still…