I’m not the Secular Progressive Reporter

There’s a website at http://paper.li/SecularProgress titled, “The Secular Progressive Reporter.” It runs unattended, aggregating content from preselected categories. @secularprogress ticks out updates. The Secular Progressive Reporter has no authority over this blog, I’m someone else… Craig Simon, @gitis on Twitter, SecularProgress on YouTube, and aliased as Flywheel at various places around the web, including here. The other site’s proprietor is unknown to me. I’ll call that person SPR. SPR and I clearly have many views in common. We admire Neil deGrasse Tyson and Tim Minchin. We want to showcase science. We follow each other on Twitter. We’ve chosen similar titles. But don’t mix us up. Every page under SPR’s control … Continue reading →

Staying Awake to Anti-Islamic Bigotry

I’m a big fan of Bill Maher and rarely miss his show. I agree with a lot of what he says, but certainly not everything. I’m also very attentive to Sam Harris. He’s become one of the leading proponents of the notions that consciousness and free will are illusions (ideas I oppose), and he’s been exceptionally disciplined and precise in making his arguments. So I was very attentive to the famous debate with Ben Affleck about liberal attitudes toward Islamic illiberalism, and I posted my response in a couple of places online, including Juan Cole’s Informed Comment and … Continue reading →

Ignorance in Prager University’s “Religion and Philosophy” Courses

YouTube suggested this appalling video to me, titled, “Does God Exist? 4 New Arguments.” Nothing new to see here. It’s beyond sad that so much energy goes into rehashing such simplistic thinking.  So I was motivated to comment… These aren’t arguments for God’s existence… All I’ve seen here is evidence that the speaker knows very little about how scientific investigation works. If you honestly want to know more about current reality-based thinking regarding the emergence of increasing complexity, you might start by having a look at the Big History website. The more important problem, though, is that supernaturally-oriented people are … Continue reading →