Dr. Richard Carrier

The Bogus Idea of the Bogus Mysteries of Consciousness

I’ve been asked to comment on Peter Hacker’s bizarre claim that qualia don’t exist in his arrogantly braggish essay “The Bogus Mysteries of Consciousness.” So here goes. Say What Now? First, what are qualia? If you’re new to the idea, “qualia” means the qualitative properties of human experience. It’s a catch-all term for all the… The post The Bogus Idea…

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Biden returning to Obama scheme to take control of police departments

Barack Obama established many precedents while he was in the White House for eight years, including that he had his Department of Justice place more police departments under federal control than any previous administration, ever. Now Joe Biden has confirmed he plans to return to those schemes. It was an analysis in City Journal that noted, at a time when…

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Twitter flip-flops: Says it won't be 'arbiter' of truth

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (C-SPAN video screenshot) The Twitter social media corporation for months has censored or added its editorial comments to President Trump’s statements, acting as a a judge of the truth of his comments. It censored his election eve warnings about the potential of vote fraud. It censored his statements claiming victory in Pennsylvania and Michigan. And don’t…

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Dr. Richard Carrier

Ancient Theories of Gravity: What Was Lost?

Everyone rags on Aristotle for totally phoning in his theory of gravity. But in perspective, (a) Aristotle was a biologist, not a physicist, so his not being the best at physics should not be held to any more account than when a modern biologist goofs some esoteric physics, and (b) Aristotle was the first in… The post Ancient Theories of…

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New member of Congress will provide her own security

(JUST THE NEWS) — Colorado Republican Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert plans to carry a gun with her while she works in the nation’s capital, citing Washington, D.C.’s violent crime danger. A restaurant owner and staunch defender of the Second Amendment, Boebert plans to protect herself by providing her own security. Even in a year with widespread pandemic-related shutdowns in the city,…

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31 Dec 2020

Israel’s population nears 10 million mark as country enters 2021 As Israel gets ready to enter 2021, data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Thursday indicates that the small country’s population continues to grow and is expected to reach the 10 million mark in just a few years. With a total of 151,000 new additions in 2020, Israel’s…

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Dawn Wells, Mary Ann of 'Gilligan's Island,' dead at 82

(VARIETY) — Dawn Wells, who starred as “good girl” Mary Ann in popular 1960s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died Wednesday of causes related to COVID-19 in Los Angeles. She was 82. Pig-tailed and attired in her ubiquitous dungarees or gingham dress, which is on display at the Hollywood Museum, the Mary Ann character was the girl-next-door to Tina Louise’s suggestive evening…

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Kamala and Kwanzaa: 2 fakes for a dubious future

Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris posted a bunch of wistful tweets supposedly detailing her childhood Kwanzaa celebrations. It didn’t take long for critics and detractors to unload on the alleged vice president-elect for having likely fabricated these cherished “childhood memories” – and with very good reason. “Our Kwanzaa celebrations are one of my favorite childhood memories,” one tweet…

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Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies of COVID-19

FOX NEWS) — Luke Letlow, the newly elected member of Congress from Louisiana, died Tuesday night from complications related to COVID-19, a spokesman announced. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Letlow, a 41-year-old Republican, had been hospitalized after being diagnosed with the virus. He was days away from being sworn into office. Dr. G.E. Ghali, of LSU Health…

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Trump officials: Biden changed border plans after they warned of 'crisis'

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) — Department of Homeland Security officials were stunned at President-elect Joe Biden’s decision not to rescind President Trump’s border policies on his first day in office. “My first response was this was, you know, a broken promise to the American people that I’m actually glad is happening,” acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan told the Washington…

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30 Dec 2020

Another Israeli Lawmaker Enters Temple Mount, Calls For Building 3rd Temple A new Member of Knesset, a resident of the Golan, firmly established his political path with a powerful act of faith by praying on the Temple Mount. Vaturi is the second Likud Knesset member to not only enter the Temple Mount, but to call for the construction of the…

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Joe Biden calls Kamala Harris 'president-elect'

(THE SUN) — PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden slipped up yet again and accidentally referred to vice president-elect Kamala Harris as the future leader of the United States. Biden made the remarks early Tuesday morning while delivering a speech regarding the Covid-19 crisis in Wilmington, Delaware, before asking the president to recommend Americans take the vaccine once it becomes available to them.…

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McConnell blocks $2,000 stimulus checks, then ties them to unrelated Trump demands

(CNBC) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s attempt to unanimously pass a bill to increase direct payments in the year-end coronavirus relief package to $2,000. The Kentucky Republican later Tuesday introduced a bill that would boost the size of the checks to $2,000 from $600, repeal Section 230 legal liability protections for…

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Kenneth Gentry: Confused, Confusing and Desperate! My Second Response to His Fourth Article

Were Jesus’ Apostles Confused in Matthew 24:3 Kenneth Gentry: Confused, Confusing and Desperate– My Second Response to his Fourth Article As with Gentry’s first three articles I am copying and pasting the entirety of his article so that the reader can see all that he says. I have deleted ads for his books and irrelevant verbiage that is not germane…

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Kenneth L. Gentry

PROTOLOGY & ESCHATOLOGY (1)

PMW-2020-111 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. The postmillennial hope looks to the unfolding victory of Christ’s kingdom in history. In fact, the glorious dominance of his kingdom is the very goal of history. God’s plan was for man to exercise dominion over all creation (Gen 1:26–28). Immediately upon Adam’s Fall, God instituted redemption which was designed to crush the head…

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29 Dec 2020

Mass. House overrides governor’s veto of abortion bill Just days after Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a bill that would expand abortion access in Massachusetts, the state’s Democrat-led House of Representatives has voted to override the veto. Liberty U. students call for shutdown of Falkirk Center for ‘tarnishing’ Christian witness A group of students and alumni at Liberty University are calling…

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Dr. Richard Carrier

The Principle of Indifference

The Principle of Indifference is important for Bayesian reasoning, and hence for Bayesian epistemology—and hence for epistemology, full stop. Yet it has many critics. The common mistake they all make, is similar to the mistake all philosophers make when they Hose Thought Experiments: they screw up what the think they are talking about means, and… The post The Principle of…

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McEnany explains Tapper's 'real problem' after CNN host launched 'baseless personal attacks'

(FOX NEWS) — White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany scolded Jake Tapper on Sunday after the liberal CNN anchor called her a liar, noting that his “real problem” is that she calls out the mainstream media when it lies. Tapper appeared on CNN’s hyperpartisan media program “Reliable Sources” to complain about the Trump administration. He was one of multiple CNN…

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'Murdering Jews we will hang you' painted at Jewish cemetery

(HAARETZ) — Graffiti reading “good Jew dead Jew” and “murdering Jews we will hang you” were written on the gate of a Jewish cemetery near Madrid, Spain. The graffiti, featuring spelling mistakes in Spanish and some German-language words, were spray-painted in Hoyo de Manzanares, a northern suburb of the capital, on Wednesday night, the news site 20minutos reported. The perpetrators…

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