God and fallacies Wednesday, Feb 27 2008 

In a recent article an atheist from “God Be Gone” attempts to boil down the fallacies that theists always resort to while trying to show that God exists. While agreeing with him that many, if not most, theists will partake of these mistakes, I’m not entirely convinced that it must be so. I also don’t think that all of these are logical fallacies in the sense of being formal or informal mistakes in deductive/inferential strategies, but whatever. Let’s run through his list.

Argument from Ignorance

Does silence on the part of your opponent mean that you are right? Not necessarily, but I do think that it provides evidence for your position even if it does not prove it. Now, many of these cases (Intelligent Design stuff) erroneously inserts God as a kind of glue to keep their belief rational, but that is not what I am talking about (or most sophisticated theists do, for that matter). Consciousness is an example that I find myself personally drawn towards. Something about the first-person feel of the mind appears to give evidence that there was some kind of proto-intentionality outside the reach of current physics. This belief is bolstered by science’s inability to come up with some kind of explanatory framework. Does that mean I am committing the god of the gaps fallacy? I don’t think so. I think it is a matter of providing evidence without proving. Just like we agnostics like it.

Argument from Design

I am not really sure how this is a fallacy, or how it would differ from his first point. If the universe is indeed rare- say, only 1 chance of life-sustaining properties against 1 million hostile-to-life universes- then the theist has good reason to posit a reason for the existence of the life-conducive one. This is not necessarily an argument I would use, as the mysteries of physics are far from unraveled, but calling it a fallacious argument is quite another thing.

Straw Man

No qualms here. This is not monopolized by any group, though, as I’ve seen a great load of atheists set up wildly imaginative positions for them to take down for the kill. There is also a big difference between what a person verbalizes as his position and what someone believes some position leads to.

Anyway, it is good for both atheists and theists (and everyone in between) to lay out what they believe are poor strategies so we can move forward to the meat of the matter.

Hilarious (but truthy) video by the onion Tuesday, Feb 26 2008 

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Hilarious. Classic Onion.

Of course, your vote doesn’t really count, so you might as well do whatever you want to on election day.

Why I’m not voting Tuesday, Feb 26 2008 

Alright, since I’ve been gone quite a bit of p00py has hit the fan in politics-universe. My boy Ron Paul was effectively blackballed by the MSM, and McCain has miraculously revived his crap campaign into a sure nomination from his party. On the other side, Hillary is falling fast and hard, and her recent tactics (‘Shame on you!’, African Obama, plagiarism fiasco) certainly mimics the actions of a dying candidate. Here’s the rub: Obama will CRUSH McCain. I know some conservatives are hoping that they will be able to dig up some stuff on the Senator, but that is unlikely to happen. If it existed, Hillary would’ve gotten her grubby little hands on it and exploited it all the way to the River Styx. Obama has a very good chance of shacking up in the White House for the next 8 years.

Oh yeah, Nader is back as well.

Needless to say, these candidates suck very badly. I cannot force myself to like anything about any of them, and I get the distinct feeling that they all hate the American people quite equally, so I’m gonna stay home and watch M*A*S*H* reruns, or something approximately as worthless. Since I no longer have a horse in this race, I can step back and be an equal opportunity naysayer. I hope y’all join me in not voting this November. Or write in Voltron. He’s wicked bad-ass.

I’m Back Tuesday, Feb 26 2008 

From a multitude of things. A quasi-religious foray ending with some major health problems (coincidence?).  Anyway, I plan on being fairly active again barring another plunge into health-hell.