The Naked Skeptic & The Singularity

Dr Karen Stollznow, author and skeptical investigator, writes a column on the CSI (Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) website under the name of “The Naked Skeptic”. Her latest posting is all about her visit to the Singularity summit conference that took place in San Francisco 14-15 Aug. Its a fascinating read … in her own words … Read more The Naked Skeptic & The Singularity

Whats wrong with Pascals Wager?

Blaise Pascal, philosopher, scientist, mathematician and probability theorist (1623-1662), came up with a now famous reason for being a believer. It goes something like this: If God exists, then the believers are quids in, they go to heaven and the non believers loose out – hence only believers win in this scenario. If God does … Read more Whats wrong with Pascals Wager?

A close shave with Occam’s Razor

Is there anything that a 14th century Franciscan Theologian called William of Ockham can teach us today? Why yes, there is indeed. The Latin phrase “entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitate” is attributed to him. Its a deeply profound and very significant saying that translates as “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity”. What this … Read more A close shave with Occam’s Razor