The First Church of Robotics

Source: New York Times — Aug 9, 2010 “By allowing artificial intelligence to reshape our concept of personhood, we are leaving ourselves open to the flipside: we think of people more and more as computers, just as we think of computers as people,” says author and computer scientist Jeron Lanier. “The constant stream of stories … Read moreThe First Church of Robotics

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 moreWhats wrong with Pascals Wager?

How accurate are the gospels?

An interesting thread opened up on the JREF forums when a devout believer who calls himself 154 started a thread entitled “Why do you hate Jesus?”. Many folks politely pointed out several issues that the poster needed to seriously consider and also explained that the JREF skeptics were not secret believers who hated Jesus (which … Read moreHow accurate are the gospels?

Crackergate revisited

In 2008, PZ Myers, an associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota’s Morris campus stirred up a considerable degree of controversy with the following post on his famous Pharyngula blog Can anyone out there score me some consecrated communion wafers? There’s no way I can personally get them — my local churches have … Read moreCrackergate revisited