Chris DiCarlo: “The ‘FAIR’ Machine Project”

In one of his posts about INR5, Jerry Coyne discusses Chris DiCarlo’s presentation at the event: Chris DiCarlo related the heartbreaking tale about how he had lost jobs and tenure by being an atheist—in Canada!—and proposed that we devise some kind of “fairness machine” that could make decisions without human bias. … Continue reading

Why I Am No Longer an Atheist

Guest post by BillyBob The word atheism is simplistic and confusing. Atheists get asked facile questions like “are you a hard or soft atheist?” or “how do you know atheism is accurate and correct?” and many variations of these questions. It is a waste of time answering that atheism is … Continue reading

The Meaning Of Atheism, Part 2: Three Ways To Lack Belief

Is an atheist someone who doesn’t believe in gods, or someone who believes there are no gods? It’s a hairline distinction, irrelevant for most practical purposes, but there clearly is a theoretical difference between the two definitions. Anyone who lacks belief satisfies the first, but only those who consciously reject … Continue reading

The Meaning Of Atheism, Part 1: Clearing The Air

Atheists tend to be a gloriously disputatious bunch, which is not surprising for a group united only by rejection of the blandishments and superficial consolations of religion. Atheists, it sometimes appears, are people who can argue about anything – and as if to prove the point, we Canadian Atheist readers … Continue reading

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