Richard Carrier https://www.richardcarrier.info Announcing appearances, publications, and analysis of questions historical, philosophical, and political by author, philosopher, and historian Richard Carrier. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:36:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 113344482 Study the Justifications and Applications of Moral Values with Me! https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16568 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16568#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:36:46 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=16568 Hone your philosophy, master how to debate the moral argument with theists, and learn how to improve and defend your own moral reasoning and worldview. Have challenges in this subject to pose to me? Curious to study a subject so important and controversial? This is the course for you! How to register is explained below....

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Return of the Sex Police: A Renewed Abuse of Science to Outlaw Porn https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16510 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16510#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2020 18:25:06 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=16510 A few years ago The Washington Post published a ridiculous propaganda piece by anti-porn activist (and feminist sociology professor) Gail Dines, “Is Porn Immoral? That Doesn’t Matter: It’s a Public Health Crisis,” tagline, “The science is now beyond dispute.” Sure. Health crisis. No dispute. 100% bullshit. This is an oft-cited source now in what has...

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The Latest Proposal for a Probability of Abiogenesis https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16494 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16494#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2020 21:12:33 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=16494 A new, peer reviewed scientific paper has been published that attempts to calculate an actual rate of abiogenesis on cosmic scales, “Emergence of Life in an Inflationary Universe” by Tomonori Totani, in Scientific Reports 10 (2020). It is pretty good, but has some fatal flaws you should be aware of before citing it uncritically (flaws...

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There Are No Undesigned Coincidences: The Bible’s Authors Are Simply Changing Up Their Sources https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16428 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16428#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:07:51 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=16428 Years ago Christian apologist Lydia McGrew resurrected a long dead argument in Biblical studies, called the Argument from Undesigned Coincidences, particularly in her book Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts. The gist is that we can find places in the Gospels where one author seems to “know” things in another...

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PragerU to The Internet: Science Proves God, You Pinko Commies! https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16414 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16414#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2020 19:00:38 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=16414 PragerU claims in multiple conservative propaganda videos that science has proved God exists and atheists should just go stuff it already. I’ll tackle this nonsense today—just to be useful, since most of PragerU’s critiques online target its lies, fallacies, and distortions about history and politics. Which is great. But I feel like the God thing...

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How I’d Answer the PhilPapers Survey https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16397 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16397#comments Sat, 29 Feb 2020 19:53:50 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=16397 One of the most interesting and useful things Phil Papers did was conduct a massive survey of professors and PhDs in philosophy. I will here provide how I’d have answered on that survey myself, and compare it to all respondents with PhDs in philosophy, and the narrower categories of other atheists or theists, and the...

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Study How to Critically Assess Claims about History with Me! https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16391 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16391#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:34:14 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=16391 Want to know how historians vet claims, and how we tell the difference between true and false, probable and improbable? Have some challenges in this regard to pose to me? This is the course for you! Details on how to register and take the course are below. Get acquainted with all the critical thinking skills...

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Bayesian Statistics vs. Bayesian Epistemology https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16374 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16374#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:36:54 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=16374 I often encounter people who confuse “Bayesian statistics” with “Bayesian epistemology” or even just “Bayesian reasoning.” I’ll get critics writing me who will assert things like “Bayesian statistics can’t be used on historical data,” or “you can’t do philosophy with Bayesian statistics,” which are both false (there are rare occasions when indeed you can) and...

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Why Did Mark Invent an Empty Tomb? https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16366 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16366#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2020 23:16:48 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=16366 I have written on this question in many different places. Here I collect excerpts from, or summarize, several of the most important. You’ll find further material and expanded arguments, with evidence and footnotes and cited scholarship, in my contributions to The Empty Tomb and my books Proving History, Not the Impossible Faith, and On the...

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Come See Marketing the Messiah! https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16348 https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/16348#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:49:06 +0000 https://www.richardcarrier.info/?p=16348 I’m one of several luminaries interviewed for this new, amusing, and fascinating documentary about the origins and development of Christianity and how much it was about marketing different fictional versions of the Christ (whether Jesus existed or not). Details about the film, as well as locations and dates for the premiere are at the documentary’s...

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