Workshop ‘Explaining Religion. Cognitive Science of Religion and Naturalism’

When: December 4th‐5th 2015 Where: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands Organizers: Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert van den Brink http://www.abrahamkuypercenter.vu.nl/nl/index.asp
When: December 4th‐5th 2015 Where: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands Organizers: Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert van den Brink http://www.abrahamkuypercenter.vu.nl/nl/index.asp [More]

Results of my survey on religious disagreement

Religious disagreements are conspicuous in everyday life.  Most societies, except perhaps for theocracies or theocracy-like regimes, show a diversity of religious beliefs, a diversity that young
Religious disagreements are conspicuous in everyday life.  Most societies, except perhaps for theocracies or theocracy-like regimes, show a diversity of religious beliefs, a diversity that young [More]

Call for Papers-Logos 2015: Religious Experience

May 7-9, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame Religious experience is central to religious faith and practice. It often serves as evidence for belief; it contributes to the development of doctrine;
May 7-9, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame Religious experience is central to religious faith and practice. It often serves as evidence for belief; it contributes to the development of doctrine; [More]

Wettstein’s practice-based attitude to religious faith: Is realist theism no longer the only game in town?

[this is X-posted at NewApps] In philosophy of religion, realist theism is the dominant outlook: belief in God is similar to belief in other real things (or supposedly real things) like quarks or
[this is X-posted at NewApps] In philosophy of religion, realist theism is the dominant outlook: belief in God is similar to belief in other real things (or supposedly real things) like quarks or [More]

The Ties That Bind . . . are Tribal

When we're confronted with new ideas, we have a strong tendency to retreat to the beliefs we're comfortable with. This cognitive bias keeps us safe but also prevents us from seeing the errors in our own thinking and makes our world smaller than it should be. It's time to leave the cave of tribalism and embrace the unknown. It's risky and potentially painful but absolutely necessary. [More]

The Daily Owl 3-18-2014

Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions.
Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions. [More]

IAI Video: Thinking the Unthinkable

A new video by the Institute of Art and Ideas discussing the limits of knowledge. The power of our thought has transformed the world, and some claim a theory of everything is just around the corner. Others see limits to understanding, things we cannot think. Is there a richer world that lies beyond thought, or is this an empty mysticism that leads nowhere?
A new video by the Institute of Art and Ideas discussing the limits of knowledge. The power of our thought has transformed the world, and some claim a theory of everything is just around the corner. Others see limits to understanding, things we cannot think. Is there a richer world that lies beyond thought, or is this an empty mysticism that leads nowhere? [More]

The Daily Owl 10-10-2013

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle) [More]

The Daily Owl 10-8-2013

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. (Russell)
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. (Russell) [More]

The Daily (Guest) Owl 9-29-2013

I could care less about magicians in general. What I hate is people who exploit other people. . . . By taking advantage of their weaknesses. Their need to believe in something that's unexplainable in order to make their lives more bearable. (Dylan Rhodes)
I could care less about magicians in general. What I hate is people who exploit other people. . . . By taking advantage of their weaknesses. Their need to believe in something that's unexplainable in order to make their lives more bearable. (Dylan Rhodes) [More]