Richard Carrier

Sacramento: Where to Find Me This Sunday!

For Sacramento Freethought Day I’ll be selling and signing my books at The Hotel Bar on 1501 L Street, right across from the corner of Capitol Park by the festival (15th & L), from 2-5pm, this Sunday (15 October; and I’ll even be happy to stay later if you can’t make it before 5: just…

MythCon IV: What Organizers & Outreach Directors Need to Know

This fourth Mythinformation Con was fascinating, and overall quite excellent, even when it was disturbingly bizarre (video here). Most readers might want to know my take on the strange hour and a half of anti-feminist cult leader Sargon of Akkad battling feminist podcaster Thomas Smith. The only part of this convention that really got any attention….

Ms. Christian Apologist on Empty Tomb Stuff

You’d have to pay me to waste my time on any of the millions of amateur Christian arguments on the internet. But of course, that being the case, occasionally someone actually does. A benefactor of mine wanted an expert take on the specious argumentation of a woman tweeting avidly as “Christian Apologist” (@Lead1225) and blogging…

Kristi Winters on the Historical Jesus: Part 2

Yesterday I pointed out the defects of Kristi Winters’ YouTube case for the historicity of Jesus in 2015. Her case then, mostly, was at least respectably mainstream and just uninformed about a lot of things. But then in 2016 and 2017 her videos on this subject became more stalwartly ignorant and erroneous (links to all…

Kristi Winters on the Historical Jesus: Part 1

I’ve had on my to-do list for some time to write about all the weirdly inept videos on the historicity of Jesus posted by YouTuber Kristi Winters lately. So I’ll do that now. In two parts. In the first, she starts sensible and merely wrong. In the second, she descends into confusion and slander. Today,…

Why Plantinga’s Tiger Is Pseudoscience

You remember a while back when I dared to call Alvin Plantinga a terrible philosopher spewing pseudoscience? (Plantinga’s Tiger and Other Stupid Shit) Soon after, the Christian presuppositionalist Josh Sommer was having none of that. So he wrote three whole articles trying to argue against me. As is typical for Christian apologists (especially presuppositionalists), his…

The Left and Anti-Left Both Have Much Still to Learn

My last article on the growing irrationality of the atheist left and right covered a lot. But some things it addressed only too briefly, and need a little more attention. Not least being, everyone ignoring its message. Not long after I wrote that article, the atheist left and anti-left did the same stupid shit all…

A Critical Thinking Course That’s Affordable and Useful

I’ll be teaching critical thinking next month (October). Learn some easy tools of Bayesian reasoning, how to spot and correct for cognitive biases, how to reason logically and avoid and detect fallacies, and how to better question your decisions and beliefs in constructive ways. Skills everyone should have and hone! And that you might be…

Pubmeets & Events Across the U.S. This October & November!

I’ll be appearing in numerous cities the next two months. And I’ll have plenty of books on hand. So if you want to hang out, talk history or philosophy, get a book signed, mark your calendars if you’re in or near any of the following: Laramie, Wyoming – Oct. 5 (Thursday) I’ll be at the…

Why Mythicist Milwaukee Is Right and Their Critics Wrong

I’m seeing way too much fascism and irrationality on the left these days. Particularly in atheism now. We have enough of it on the right. We don’t need the left doing it too. And mind you, I am a leftist. I fully support reasonable socialism, to check and balance the excesses of an equally necessary…