-- Reality bites – especially in a war
Disinformation – what it is, who promotes it, and how to combat it.
Nord Stream terrorism, UN failure, and “Official Secrets”
Secret “war-crime” warrants by International Criminal Court is mischief-making
Getting the full story about Ukraine
The west vs the rest – the world is changing
Ukraine commemorates Nazi collaborators
Do New Zealanders no longer support Ukraine?
The subtlety of neo-Nazi influence in Ukraine – ignored by our media
Where are Ukrainian refugees going? – an update
Is New Zealand covertly supporting the glorification of neo-Nazism?
Following the war in Ukraine – an update
Russian anti-war protester goes to see for herself
You can’t understand Ukraine without acknowledging its deep divisions
Once again, those Russian neo-Nazis – the Wagner group
A heartwarming story about a Ukrainian prisoner of war
Over 50 POWs killed. A military accident or a cynical war crime?
Ukraine/Russia war, an intelligence operation or a sting, Ukrainian and UK spies, and Bellingcat
Mainstream media defends poor journalism by smearing good journalism
Ukraine war – a shocking failure of our mainstream media
How is the war going?
Why should Ukraine listen to lame duck Boris Johnson?
Ukraine war – a failure of honest diplomacy and reason
British volunteer soldier in Ukraine speaks up
What about those Russian neo-Nazis?
Neo-Nazis in Ukraine – stages of denial
Confusion about neo-Nazis in Ukraine-Russia war
Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Comedians are often more truthful than politicians.
Ukraine – a beginner’s guide
Why the silence on censorship?
Everything You Know About Ukraine Is WRONG
Some sense on the Russia-Ukraine war
British volunteer soldier in Ukraine tells his story
Virtue signaling over Ukraine
Fluoridation and child IQ – the problem of counting chickens before they hatch
August ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
July ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
June ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoridation group tells porkies about NZ fluoridation review
Opponents of fluoridation all at sea with new legislation
Update of NZ fluoridation review timely and useful
May ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation contribution to heavy metals in drinking water is too low to measure
April ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Hip fractures in the elderly and fluoride – contradictory evidence
March ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
An open letter to Paul Connet and the anti-fluoride movement
February ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Data dredging, p-hacking and motivated discussion in anti-fluoride paper
Censorship: Thinking you are right – even if you’re wrong
Embarrassing knock-back of second draft review of possible cognitive health effects of fluoride
The promotion of weak statistical relationships in science
Can we trust science?
January ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
I don’t “believe” in science – and neither should you
December ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Science is often wrong – be critical
November ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Hyping it up over fluoridation
September ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
August ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
July ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Even studies from endemic fluorosis areas show fluoride is not harmful at levels used in fluoridation
Canadian studies confirm findings of Broadbent et al (2015) – fluoridation has no effect on child IQ
Child IQ in countries with endemic fluorosis imply fluoridation is safe.
Anti-fluoride 65 brain-fluoride studies not evidence against fluoridation
June ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking delayed
Another study used by anti-fluoride activists actually shows community water fluoridation OK
May ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
When scientists get political: Lead fluoride-IQ researcher launches emotional attack on her scientific critics
New study touted by anti-fluoridation campaigners actually indicates fluoridation is safe
No relationship of bone cancer to fluoridation – another new study the anti-fluoride brigade will attempt to ignore
New review finds fluoride is not a developmental neurotoxicant at exposure levels relevant to fluoridation
April ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoride campaigners still rely on irrelevant studies
Author confirms anti-fluoridation activist misrepresentation of her work
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 6: Incestuous relationship of these studies
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 5: Don’t censor yourself
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 4: Till et al (2020)
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 3: Riddell et al (2019)
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
No; a new study from Ethiopia does not indicate fluoridation is bad for your bones
Anti-fluoridationists put faith in new “strong” studies to provide evidence missing in draft NTP review
Industry-funded translation can introduce bias in selection of studies for scientific review
Another embarrassment for anti-fluoride campaigners as neurotoxic claim found not to be justified
February ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Beware of scientific paper abstracts – read the full text to avoid being fooled
January ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation and sex steroid hormones – or the mouse that roared
What are the recent fluoride-IQ studies really saying about community water fluoridation?
December ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation science and political advocacy – who is fooling who?
Scientific integrity & fluoridation – Dr Ghali responds
Sleep disorders and fluoride: dredging data to confirm a bias
Some fluoride-IQ researchers seem to be taking in each other’s laundry
Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoride propagandists appear not to read the articles they promote
The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
ADHD and fluoride – wishful thinking supported by statistical manipulation?
Experts complain to funding body about quality of fluoride-IQ research
What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
September ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Biostatistical problems with the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
Fluoridation – A new fight against scientific misinformation
An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Bye, bye to the collusion lie
If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help
Anti-fluoride activists misrepresent a new kidney/liver study
July ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
MH17 tragedy- 5 years on
June ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Chemical watchdog confirms suppressed report but justifies the suppression
May ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Does international chemical watchdog cherry-pick evidence to confirm a bias?
Psychology of Russiagate – an adult discussion for a change
April ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Russiagate – Some insights into its origins and results
Russiagate: Lessons for the media. But will they listen?
March ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Aftermath of the Mueller report – the media starts looking at itself
Mueller report to be released mid April – but it will be redacted
Collapse of the “Russiagate ” myth exposes how corporate media has failed
Getting out alive – why we should always demand evidence
Terrorism in Christchurch – some thoughts
“Disinformation” and the mainstream media
February ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
January ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Preempting the annual misrepresentation of NZ dental health data by anti-fluoride activists
December ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation: Another study shows stopping fluoridation bad for child tooth decay
November ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Media manipulation – the tail wags the dog
Protection of teeth by fluoride confirmed – yet again
And you thought Russiagate could not get sillier.
Trump and the media – codependents wallowing in the mud
Julian Assange’s mother appeals for her son’s freedom
October ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Nuclear dangers if INF treaty abandoned could be worse than in the 1980s
Fluoridation and ADHD: A new round of statistical straw clutching
September ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
September ’18 NZ blog ranking – delayed
Flight MH17 tragedy in Ukraine – new evidence
Novichock detection and the Salisbury tourists
A more convincing take on prenatal maternal dietary effects on child IQ
Fluoridation: “debating” the science?
Opportunities and problems for grassroots activism offered by the internet
August ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Who is weaponising the vaccination debate?
Another BUK accident in Ukraine
Policing social media – who is coming next and who is behind it?
Political interference prevents investigators from considering the “bleeding obvious”
July ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Mainstream media “mob violence” over Helsinki summit
Blatant misreporting of latest OPCW report on chemical weapons in Syria
Time for a serious auditing of Porton Down’s nerve agent stocks?
June ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoride campaigners exhaust their legal channels with another loss
Magical World Cup Gala Concert
May ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoridation activists buy scientific credibility using a predatory publisher
Another shonky OPCW chemical incident report on Syria
Not just another rat study
Russian sports doping scandal looking like an illusion?
April ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Mainstream media-political alliance gets vindictive
Novichock – a marketing ploy?
The “heart of the Syrian chemical weapons programme” destroyed?
OPCW on Salisbury poisoning – one step forward, two back?
Anti-fluoridationist Paul Connett misrepresents NZ data
Anti-fluoridationists rejection of IQ studies in fluoridated area.
March ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
A conference paper on the maternal prenatal urinary fluoride/child IQ study has problems
The 52 IQ studies used by anti-fluoride campaigners
The real lessons from Vladimir Putin’s re-election
Why is it so difficult to get an open discussion on fluoridation?
Mary Byrne’s criticism is misplaced and avoids the real issues
Anti-fluoride group coordinator responds to my article
Where could you get a nerve agent in Salisbury?
The first casualty . .
Paul Connett’s misrepresentation of maternal F exposure study debunked
February ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoride activist commits “Death by PowerPoint”
Paul Connett “updates” NZ MPs about fluoride?
Anti-fluoride activists misrepresent another thyroid study
Fake news from the White Helmets returns
RT election subversion – yet again?
January ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Yet another fluoride-IQ study
So you are saying . . . . . !
Jordan Peterson demonstrates the importance of free speech
Select your conspiracy theory and connect the dots
Whose who in the Russiagate affair – an infographic
A week of good news in New Zealand
Is “Russiagate” another deception like Iraqi WMDs?
“Fire and Fury” exposes the fundamental problems of the anti-Trump movement
Confirmation bias – we all suffer from it but how can we reduce its effect?
December ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Yet another way Russia is undermining our society
Anti-fluoridationists misrepresent New Zealand dental data – an annual event
Fluoridation means money in the pocket
Anti-fluoridation campaigners often use statistical significance to confirm bias
November ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The problem with scepticism
Chemical weapons use in Syria UN report flawed by political bias
Anti-fluoride “expert” finds the real reason oral health has improved – and it’s not fluoride
Meat substitutes – prospects and new ethical questions
October ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
New fluoride debate falters
Political maturity in New Zealand – at least compared to the US
Flaw and porkie in anti-fluoride report claiming a flaw in Canadian study
Do we need a new fluoride debate?
September ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Endemic fluorosis and its health effects
Maternal urinary fluoride/IQ study – an update
Fluoride, pregnancy and the IQ of offspring
Facts about fluorosis – not a worry in New Zealand
We need more post-publication peer review
Cassini plunges into Saturn tonight – a grand finale
What’s with the anti-fluoridationist promotion of dental health programmes?
Non-violence in the defence of free speech
August ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation not associated with ADHD – a myth put to rest
From Charlottesville to Boston – a lesson
Hypocrisy, irrationality and wise words from Monty Python
Are we all anti-fascist now?
Are fluoride researchers sacked for their findings?
Fluoridation and cancer
Local anti-fluoride activists tell porkies yet again
July ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The main stream media is out of touch
Don’t rely on sources – follow the evidence
Stovepiping to produce fake news
June ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Darwin, sexual selection and Putin
Fluoridation: Open letter to Democrats for Social Credit
Fluoridation: What’s happening with the New Zealand legislation?
May ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The “information war” and social media, or how to tell if you are a Kremlin troll
Anti-fluoridationists commonly misrepresent Ministry of Health data
ChildSmile – a complement, not an alternative, to fluoridation
Fluoridation helps protect adult teeth as well as children’s
Fluoridation: the truth about heavy metal contamination
Visualising the numbers – The Fallen of World War II
Bottle fed infants: fluoridated water not a problem
April ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Citing scientific studies and the arrogance of ignorance
No, fluoridation is not associated with leading causes of death
Anti-fluoridationists exploit infant deaths by fiddling statistics
Here we go again
The Putin Derangement Syndrome
Bottle fed infants: fluoridated water not a problem.
March ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Another anti-fluoridation whopper
2018 Global Atheist Convention
Fluoridation: Making sense of the Ministry of Health data
Fluoride, coffee and activist confusion
Trump didn’t invent the problems – and his opponents didn’t invent protest
Anti-fluoride authors indulge in data manipulation and statistical porkies
Be careful what you wish for
An Oscar for Al Qaeda?
February ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
EPA comprehensively debunks anti-fluoride claims of a fluoride-IQ effect
Anti-fluoridationists go to Supreme Court – who is paying for this?
Debunking a “classic” fluoride-IQ paper by leading anti-fluoride propagandists
Islamophobia or mental illness?
Tha Amnesty report – and a response from Syria
Non-fluoridated Christchurch does not have better teeth than fluoridated Auckland
January ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Debunking anti-fluoridationist’s remaining 12 reasons for opposing fluoridation
Madonna teaches us a lesson in critical thinking
New research confirms adults benefit from community water fluoridation as well as children
Premature births a factor in cognitive deficits observed in areas of endemic fluorosis?
Sources our mainstream media uses to promote their narrative about Syria
More nails in the coffin of the anti-fluoridation myths around IQ and hypothyroidism
Water fluoridation – what to expect in the near future
Fluoridation: New scientific review of fluoride and oral health
Critical thinking, not censorship, is the solution to fake news
Anti-fluoride IQ claims are false
December ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Large Swedish study finds no effect of fluoride on IQ
Fake news and the new fact-free reporting paradigm
Fluoridation: New research confirms it is cost effective – yet again
Fluoridation: members of parliament call from submissions from scientific and health experts
Fake news, human suffering and the fight against terrorism
November ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Sometimes I think the world has gone mad
Leader of flawed fluoridation study gets money for another go
White Helmets confirm authenticity of acted “rescue” video
Manufacturing news, and opinion, about Syria
Why should we subsidise religious leaders and their silly statements?
Warriors, scouts, Trump’s election and your news media
US elections – who should you be angry with?
Trump’s victory – why the surprise, why the anger?
Anti-fluoride claims often not relevant to New Zealand
October ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
White Helmets dupes New Zealand government?
Voluntary media censorship is ethically wrong
Fluoridation not associated with hip fracture, heart attacks of osteosarcoma – new study
Anti-fluoridation activist Paul Connett has a senior moment about our debate
“Humanitarian” intervention and war crimes
Crocodile tears over Syria at UN security council
Anti-Syrian propaganda and the White Helmets
Shyness of anti-fluoride election candidates
Syria & the fog of war
September ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
But will it stand up in court?
Flogging a dead horse – anti-fluoridationists lose in court again
Syria UN Ambassador makes sense of the war in Syria
The shaky Syrian ceasefire agreement staggers on – or does it?
Fluoridation & democracy: Open letter to DHB candidate Andrew Buckley
When will they ever learn?
Ceasefire in Syria is exposing real nature of “moderate” rebels
What do Syrians think of the new cessation of hostilities agreement?
Dissecting pseudoscientific and political propaganda
August ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
An anti-fluoride trick: Impressing the naive with citations
Does community water fluoridation reduce diabetes prevalence?
“Filtering” out fluoride
Rio Olympics – what are those gold medals worth?
Fluoridation – freedom of choice
Is water fluoridation better than salt fluoridation?
Ethics and the doping scandal – a response to Guest Work
Being better informed – unexpected advice from The Guardian
July ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Quantifying the problem of international sports doping
Dental health – it’s not all about fluoride
The Putin diversion
The insult of low expectations
MH17 tragedy – 2 years on
Misrepresenting fluoride science – an open letter to Paul Connett
Are you really right?
June ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Why don’t feminists fight for Muslim women?
Permission to have that conversation
A cynical take on effective speakers
Richard Dawkins – speech to Reason Rally, 2016
Chemophobic scaremongering: Much ado about absolutely nothing
MH17 tragedy – new investigation launched
Fluoridation: News media should check press releases from anti-fluoridationists
Fluoridation debate: Responding to Tom O’Connor
May ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
New review shows clear economic benefits from community water fluoridation
Debating fluoridation and tyranny – Tom O’Connor responds
Attempting a tyranny of the minority on fluoridation
Writing to please the reader’s ear
Fluoridation: One small step sideways?
New research confirms water fluoridation does not cause bone cancers
Public discussion of science can be toxic
Fluoridation cessation studies reviewed – overall increase in tooth decay noted
Mistakes were made – but by who?
Don’t be fooled by simple media “science”
“Do the math” – a bit like “Do the research!”
Victory Day celebration of defeat of terrorism in Palmyra
Will we be using contact lens cameras in future?
Barrel bombs, hell cannons, Aleppo and media bias
April ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Korean community water fluoridation supported by new evidence
Science and management – a clash of cultures
Anti-fluoride campaigners cherry-pick irrelevant overseas research but can’t find relevant New Zealand research
Cochrane fluoridation review described as “empty”
Anti-fluoridationists misrepresent new dental data for New Zealand children
A challenge to anti-fluoridationers to justify their misrepresentation of New Zealand research
Fluoridation decisions to be made by District Health Boards
Nadine gives a necessary message to her fellow Muslims
Anti-fluoridationists now scaremonger about silica in your drinking water
Reversed responsibility and the burden of proof
Anti-fluoridation cherry-pickers at it again
March ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation: My podcast with with Howard Farran
Why is Donald Trump so successful – and will he win?
Why are our politicians so silent on Palmyra’s liberation from clutches of Daesh?
The US speaks in two tongues on terrorism
Chemistry is everywhere – even in those natural products
Life for women under Daesh (ISIS)
The toxicity of chemophobia
Anti-fluoridation campaigner, Stan Litras, misrepresents WHO
Hiding behind “experts”
The “interfaith” trap – particularly for atheists
A Chinese study the anti-fluoridation crowd won’t be citing
Misrepresentation, misogyny and misandry – these should concern sceptics
Searching articles on fluoride
February ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Big business funding of anti-science propaganda on health
Anti-fluoridationist’s flawed attacks on Calgary study
Media misleading on Syria
Stephen Fry on Twitter
Richard Dawkins and the Skeptics Conference controversy.
Is the media lying to you about Syria?
Fluoridation: Whakatane teaches us something we should already know
Chemistry – “to dupe, to cheat?”
What a pleasant surprise!
Censorship by demonisation
Once more on the IQ and fluoride myth – why ignore other factors?
January ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation: Whakatane District Council makes the Hamilton mistake
New study finds community water fluoridation still cost effective
“Crusade Against Multiple Regression Analysis” – don’t throw baby out with bathwater
Fluoridation: Some simple chemistry
The danger of insisting on your own facts
Flight MH17 in Ukraine – what do intelligence services know?
Iron and fluoride in human milk
Hubris of the google researcher
The Harvard study and the Lancet paper
Cultural and ideological bias in scientific literature reviews
Facts, beliefs and delusions
Science – a method of investigation, not a belief system
Yet another misrepresentation of a dental health study
December ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Peer review – the “tyranny” of the third reviewer
Christmas – “White Wine In The Sun”
Community water fluoridation still cost-effective
Democracy and expert advice on scientific issues
Fluoride and IQ – another study coming up
The hardest thing in life . .
Climate deal signed – now for the hard bit: action
Traditions and social arrangements out of step with social diversity
“Natural News” on trial in The Hague for crimes against science
Rejection of scientific studies in online discussions
Another defeat for anti-fluoridation claims about arsenic
November ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The problem with reasoned discussion
John Pilger on Paris, ISIS and Media Propaganda
Science is never done – some scientific terms explained
Studies show – or do they?
Should we trust science? – Wellington talk
Can world leaders learn from the Paris terror attacks?
Anti-fluoride hypothyroidism paper slammed yet again
Cyberchondria and similar “illnesses”
Onehunga and the “fluoride-free” myth
Thames voters decisively support fluoridation
Why doesn’t Putin shirtfront someone?
October ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Scientific papers, civil disobedience and personal networks
The quackery of anti-fluoride internet trolls
Our beautiful planet: Astronaut art works
Christian co-option of karakia
Combatting anti-fluoride Gish gallopers
MH17: Final technical report
Responding to Tracey Brown on fluoridation
“The ugly truth” – Tracey Brown ticks me off
MH17 – another Boeing sacrificed for investigation.
The ugly truth about critics of “the ugly truth” in science
Many Syrians see Russians as saviours
Door knockers should pay to interrupt us
September ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoride: More scaremongering using drug warnings
Putin’s UN address: “Do you realise what you’ve done?”
Obama’s United Nations address: “We Must Stamp Out ‘Apocalyptic Cult’ ISIS”
European and Māori major non-believers in NZ
Cochrane responds to misrepresentation of their fluoridation review
ChildSmile dental health – its pros and cons
Should all scientists really be militant atheists?
The Alternative Medicine Racket
The chemical party
A job with a view – but not for the clumsy
Fluoridation: Freedom of choice – and responsibility
My talk to the Reason & Science Society – an invite
Why the internet annoys chemists
Freedom of religion and belief – not a license to interfere with others
Humanitarian intervention – but when & how?
Discussing science on social media
August ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Australian census religion question – progress
In the end, it came down to the science in Denver
Subverting democratic consultation on the fluoride issue
Religious instruction scrapped from school curriculum in Victoria
Alternative reality of anti-fluoride “science”
What is life?
Anti-fluoride propagandists get creative with statistics
Fluoridation: Connett’s criticism of New Zealand research debunked
Fluoridation: Connett’s naive use of WHO data debunked
Time to give up on Sitemeter
70th anniversary of first use of atomic weapon against civilians
Connett misrepresents the fluoride and IQ data yet again
Fluoridation: Newsweek science journalism bottoms out
July ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The bureaucratic solution to a problem
Fluoridation: “Sciencey” sounding claims ruled unacceptable
Comparing the Cochrane and NZ Fluoridation Reviews
Rapid change in attitudes to marriage equality
Scaremongering and chemophobia
MH17 tragedy: 1 year on
Talk of “mini ice age” bunkum
Progress in removing religious instruction from public schools?
Fluoridation: Beliefs about safety and benefits
Climate change: Our time really is running out
Cochrane fluoridation review. III: Misleading section on dental fluorosis
June ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Cochrane fluoridation review. II: “Biased” and poor quality research?
Cochrane fluoridation review. I: Most research ignored
What is causing warming of the earth?
New science bloggers wanted for Sciblogs 2.0
Gagging of scientists – a common problem?
I wish more people were aware of this
Misrepresentation of the new Cochrane fluoridation review
News media – telling us how to think
Misrepresenting the York fluoride review
Fluoridation: Misrepresenting the “saliva theory”
Something to consider
Fluoridation and horses – another myth
Science and social media in new Zealand
Monday morning proverb
Fake weight-loss study example of wider problem
Calcium fluoride and the “soft” water anti-fluoridation myth
May ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Connett & Hirzy do a shonky risk assesment for fluoride
Making mountains out of scientific mole hills
Don’t expect to see chemical safety data sheets in restaurants
RSNZ Science Book Prize winner – Tangata Whenua
Don’t put all the blame on the Germans – a lesson from World War II
The problem of “Fact-Resistant Humans”
What a nice idea
Water fluoridation effective – new study
Follow the money?
The distrust of science – a task for science communication
We always seem to ignore the causes
April ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Wise words from Carl Sagan
Poor peer review – and its consequences
Connett fiddles the data on fluoride
ADHD link to fluoridation claim undermined again
Commercial and ideological support of anti-fluoride activity
Why is Vladimir Putin so popular in the USA?
Is comfirmation bias essential to anti-fluoride “research?”
The will to find out
IQ not influenced by water fluoridation
Making sense of scientific research
The frustrations of modern technology
March ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Poor peer-review – a case study
The arrogance of science?
New Zealand science book prize – 2015 Short list
ADHD linked to elevation not fluoridation
Anonymous comments on social media
More poor-quality research promoted by anti-fluoride activists
Free download – “Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits”
Are submissions on fluoridation worth it?
Social media and science – the problems and the challenge
A couple of “oldies” inject some sense into international politics
Open letter to Lisa Hansen on NZ Fluoridation Review
February ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Paper claiming water fluoridation linked to hypothyroidism slammed by experts
Dirty tactics by anti-fluoride activists in Taupo
NZ Fluoridation review – Response to Micklen
NZ Fluoridation review – HS Micklen responds to critique
Did business interests interfere with Hamilton’s fluoride tribunal process?
A perspective of distances in space
Download report analysing anti-fluoride attacks on NZ Fluoridation Review
Social health policies, freedom of choice and responsibility
Reality of war for civilians
Stephen Fry not pulling any punches
January ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
US meddling in Ukraine behind coup
Sunday reading – Richard Dawkins reads some of his “fan mail”
Is debating with anti-science activists worth the effort?
Six months on – concerns about MH17 investigation
Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits – now peer reviewed
Those evil chemicals
“Internet and social media misinform thousands daily”
“I just know”
The victims of terror
Fluoride Free NZ report disingenuous – conclusion
Spotting Bad Science
October ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
December ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The MH17 blame game
Science never claimed to know everything
Special pleading by Philippe Grandjean on fluoride
The inverted ethics of doxxing?
Fascinating and painless chemistry lessons
Did the Royal Society get it wrong about fluoridation?
“Do your own research!”
Dirty politics over MH17?
Cherry-picking and misinformation in Stan Litras’s anti-fluoride article
Today’s fantasy, tomorrow’s possibility
The farce of a “sciency” anti-fluoride report
November ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Creationist ‘audits’ science museum
“Real” experts’ on climate change? Really?
Water fluoridation and dental fluorosis – debunking some myths
Proving anecdotes are reliable
Declan Waugh pushes another anti-fluoride myth
Severe dental fluorosis the real cause of IQ deficits?
Catch 22 in Ukraine
Let’s rely on anecdotes instead!
Standing up to junk science in New Zealand
Declan Waugh claims it’s “clear as day”
Unusual photo of Moon and Earth.
Criminal investigation of MH17 tragedy – where is it at?
There is something about those climate records that keep getting broken
Putting politicans in their place on climate change
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 – what really happened?
Fluoridation – a racist conspiracy?
Curiosity’s historic comet photo
When science deniers turn to science
Fluoride debate: Second response to Rita Barnett-Rose – Daniel Ryan
Fluoride debate: Response to Daniel Ryan’s critique – Rita Bartlett-Rose
Fluoride debate: A response to Rita Barnett-Rose – Daniel Ryan
Fluoride debate: The scientific evidence against fluoridation – Rita F. Barnett
Another legal defeat for NZ anti-fluoridation activists
Anti-fluoridation propagandists promoting shonky “review”
How to change your Mind – and why it is good for you
The science and politics of climate change
Science and belief
September ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Peer review of an anti-fluoride “peer review”
The information war – The NZ Listener takes up arms
MOM “a thousand times better than cricket”
Activist’s anti-science adverts found misleading – again
Don’t you get tired of this?
It’s time we did something about sugar
Crude dredging of the scientific literature
Anti-fluoride activists define kangaroo court as “independent”
MH17 – Preliminary report leaves most conspiracy theories intact
Do you prefer dental fluorosis or tooth decay?
Emotion Drives Decision
Ingested fluoride, dental health and old age
August ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Sad news – Victor Stenger has died
Making money out of fanatics
Dirty politics on the Royal Society fluoride review
Review finds community water fluoridation safe and effective
Anti-fluoride activists unhappy about scientific research
The Mind of the Science Denier
Open letter to Jane Nielson – a “fluoridation convert.”
Accidental Renaissance – or intuition?
Tactics for science denial
Natural News comes out with a load of heavy metal rubbish on fluoride
July ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Declan Waugh continues his distortion of Finnish fluoride research
Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh
I am still waiting for my cheque
An answer to the anti-fluoride critics – in one image
Some answers to the confusion about the #MH17 crash site
Informed parents know water fluoridation is good for their children
Making political capital out of the deaths of innocents
Elected officials must ignore activists and listen to own voters
The irony of some peer-review and citation complaints
Ken Ring pontificates on climate change
Anti-science US Congressman on House science Committee!
“Creative” reporting of fluoridation science
What happens when fluoridation is stopped?
June ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Controversial IQ study hammered in The Lancet
New group challenging the anti-science brigade
Fluoridation: what about reports it is ineffective?
Approaching scientific literature sensibly
Declan Waugh’s misinformation on fluorosilicic acid
A healthy attitude towards quantum mechanics
An open letter to Declan Waugh – new mechanism for fluoride toxicity?
Toxicity is in the dose or concentration of fluoride
Councils and scientists targeted by anti-fluoride activists
Lugansk – a modern Guernica?
Inna Kukuruza – “her eyes spoke to the whole world”
Connett’s hypocrisy on fluoride & IQ
May ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Confirmation blindness on the fluoride-IQ issue
Where do teeth come from? The stork theory
There is research and there is “research”
Fluoridating water does not lower IQ – New Zealand research
Fluoride and IQ – once more
Another anti-fluoride myth in the making
A balanced debate
It’s all the fashion in Ukraine
Fluoridation: What a difference a year makes?
Wishart misrepresents fluoride science to advance his extreme ideology
Fluoridation: emotionally misrepresenting contamination
April ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Peer review, shonky journals and misrepresenting fluoride science
Ingested fluoride is beneficial to dental health.
Anti-fluoridation advertising deceptive
Fluoridation: putting chemical contamination in context
The first victim!
An outdated tax anomaly – charitable status of relgion
Declan Waugh scaremongers over fluoride – again
Arrogance of ignorance?
Pandering to anti-fluoridation campaigners
International cooperation in space serving humanity
Is anyone listening?
March ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Scientific cooperation despite political posturing
Fluoridation returns to Hamilton City.
European border changes over 5000 years
Dental fluorosis: badly misrepresented by FANNZ
What makes something right or wrong?
How do we know what is true?
Cherry-picking and ring-fencing the scientific literature
Fluoride and heart disease – another myth
Graphic information in science
Corporate backers of anti-fluoride movement lose in NZ High Court.
Terry Pratchett making sense
Fluoride and the 5 easy steps of a conspiracy theory
February ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Pseudoscience in your supermarket
Another god debate
Repeating bad science on fluoride
Truth about those science fairs
Quality and selection counts in fluoride research
The precautionary principle
How can scientists use social media?
Curiosity sees a familiar “evening star.”
The fluoride debate – what do the experts say?
January ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Entertainment is brain exercise
Download The Fluoride Debate
Determining scientific knowledge by petition
Fluoride debate: Final article – Ken Perrott
Fluoride debate: Paul Connett’s Closing statement
The good(?) old days of scientific writing
Most of us missed this one
False balance and straw clutching on fluoridation
Who is funding anti-fluoridation High Court action?
Astro-turfing for scientific credibility
Losing trust in religious leaders
Conspiracy theorists misuse analytical evidence
All things bright and beautiful
December ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoride debate: Ken Perrott’s closing response to Paul Connett?
Putting vaccination risks into context
Fluoride debate: Arguments Against Fluoridation Thread. Part 8. Paul
Alan Turing receives royal pardon
The true meaning of Christmas
Where is the heat going?
Fluoride debate: Response to Paul’s 5th article
Back to the moon!
Fluoride debate: Arguments Against Fluoridation Thread. Part 5. Paul
Census 2013 – religious diversity
Fluoride debate: Response to Paul’s 6th article.
Testing the God theory
Fluoridation debate: Against Fluoridation Thread. Part 6.
November ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
‘The particle at the end of the universe’ wins Winton Prize
Fluoridation debate: Why I support fluoridation – 2nd reply to Connett
Psychics have it easy these days
Fluoride Debate: Why I support fluoridation – 2nd response from Connett
From dental neglect to child abuse?
Fluoride Debate: Why I support fluoridation – response to Connett
Fluoride debate: Why I support fluoridation – Response from Connett
Word of wisdom, and otherwise
Have local climate pseudosceptics come to the end of the road?
Fluoride debate: Why I support fluoridation
Sin is relative
Fluoride debate – I get email
Fluoride debate Part 1a – response to Connet’s response: Perrott
Fluoride debate – some housekeeping
Fluoride debate Part 1a – response: Connett
October ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoride debate Part 1: Perrott
Fluoride debate Part 1: Connett
The fluoride debate – introduction
The origins of ethics and violence
What’s really true?
Anti-fluoridation porkies – Mullinex’s rats
Science and faith
NZ climate change “sceptics” abandon appeal
Christianity has hijacked human values
Fluoridation: Hangout with the University of Waikato
The universe – it is bigger than you think
Our Far South – time we learned about it
Christian ethics and Peter Singer
Fluoride – friend or foe: a lecture
Cyber bullying of science
Fluoridation: the hip fracture deception
September ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Tim Minchin – an inspirational speech to graduates
Jon Stewart interviews Richard Dawkins
Anatomy of an anti-fluoridation myth
NZ experts deplore anti-fluoridation misrepresentation of science
Helping kids to wonder
Fluoridation – the IQ myth
When politicians and bureaucrats decide the science
Welcome counter to scientific and health misinformation
New “evidence” for global cooling?
Phobos eclipses the sun – as seen by Curiosity
Dentists you can trust?
Activists peddle chemical misinformation for fluoridation referenda
August ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Cherry picking fluoridation data
Anti-fluoridationist astro-turfing and media manipulation
Anti-fluoride activists attempt to silence science
Crazy ideas and “supernatural” phenomena
Experts speak out on fluoridation
Fluoride sensitivity – all in the mind?
Earthquakes and twitter
Cyber-bullying – what’s with sunscreen?
Anti-fluoridation study flawed – petition rejected
News media influences public trust in science
The “consensus message” in communicating science
Hamilton – the water is the problem, not the fluoride!
Topical confusion persists
Celebrate your curiosity – one year on
July ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Is this the way to reorganise science?
The limits of science and a world record
Water treatment chemicals – why pick on fluoride?
Are you qualified to discuss God, Heaven and Hell?
The Galileo fallacy and denigration of scientific consensus
A new Cosmos
Michael Mann’s defamation lawsuit on track
Is fluoridated water a medicine?
Debunking anti-fluoridation myths
Source of moral authority has shifted
Fluoridation – an organised campaign to misinform.
Hamilton gets its fluoridation referendum
Not your usual rocket launch
Fluoridation – topical confusion
Communicating climate science – Michael Mann comments
Fluoridation and conspiracy theories
Richard Dawkins learns about the Bible
Fluoridation – the violation of rights argument.
June ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The victim mentality of conspiracy theorists
Poisoning the well with a caricature of science
Fluoridation petition – for Hamilton citizens
The importance of books for kids
Fluoridation – it does reduce tooth decay
Stop feeling guilty
Getting a grip on the science behind claims about fluoridation
Is fluoride an essential dietary mineral?
Will Hamiltonians finally get a voice on fluoridation?
Scientists, political activism and the scientific ethos
Fluoridation – are we dumping toxic metals into our water supplies?
When science is under attack
Tactics and common arguments of the anti-fluoridationists
Hamilton City Council reverses referendum fluoridation decision
Global warning in science fiction
May ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Peter Singer on effective charity
The science of consciousness
Collapse of Arctic sea ice
An eReader breakthrough?
Singing about the periodic table
Black cat in a dark room – and the role of science
A New Zealand climate change pseudosceptic apologises!
Pseudosceptics are at it again – misrepresenting and attacking climate scientists
Chris Hadfield’s 5-month Space Mission in 90 Seconds
Confusion and distortion – has global warming stopped?
“Incontrovertible” is it, Rodney?
Video coverage of astronauts’ return to earth next Tuesday morning
A beggar’s market?
The limits of philosophy
April ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
‘The Unbelievers’ and science
A global warming hoax meme is born – in New Zealand too!
Friday follies – what happened to the “official AGW hypothesis?”
Fiddling with census figures for religion in New Zealand
The beginning (of the universe) for beginners
Terrorism and the West’s obsession with oil
Marriage equality, retribution and moral progress
A sombre night in Boston
Moving into the mainstream – on the coat tails of the “New Atheists”
Thatcher, Monckton and Pinochet
Potty Peer in Waikato
New Zealand Blog ranking Montage
What is global temperature?
I was wrong about Lord Monckton
New “Hockey Stick” but same tired old denial
March ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
April Fools and Agenda 21
Christchurch from space
A war between religion and science?
Climate contrarians/deniers are cherry picking again
Dishonesty of intelligent design “research”
Something for all those lapsed catholics
Dawkins’ new book
Our world from the International Space Station
Creationists prefer numerology to real scientific research
Talking sense about morality
Extreme confirmation bias in action
Greedy Lying Bastards
Those arguments against marriage equality
Census 2013: That religion question
Climate change is not simple
February ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
A sensible Christian perspective on Peter Singer
No immutable truths, no eternal dogmas
Global climate – and your grandchildren
Entertaining – and the science is good
The truth about the hockey stick
Origins of religious ethics and violence
Sean Faircloth, Director of Richard Dawkins Foundation, visiting NZ
The Russian meteor – what we know
Should we be prepared?
Does religion blur understanding of evolution?
The “dynamic duo” of science?
A day for cheap shots
Science as the best, possibly only, way to truth
The reality of cancer
Education should never validate ignorance
“Divine commands” and personal conscience
January ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Is your region warming?
No cause for alarm – if you cherry pick
The political alarmism behind climate change denial
Can philosophers, or anyone, tell us what is “right” and “wrong”?
History of science – for Kiwis
What a shock!
Who is guilty of misusing science?
Deconstructing climate change, and its deniers
Amazing photos of Shuttle Endeavour flight deck
Australia’s “New Normal?”
Going beyond the evidence
A time for hypocrisy
Historians and sociologists just as human as scientists
December ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
A problem with logic
Historians and sociologists lecture scientists – about science
Wonders of Life coming – we hope
A dose of reality
Pulling the wool over the eyes of the faithful
Scientists and philosophers discuss morality and meaning
Christmas present from NASA
At last – Moving Naturalism Forward videos
Getting the Book Invented
Sense on evolutionary psychology.
Does science have a cognitive privilege?
Sceptical humility and peer review in science
Cancer – an emotional rollercoaster
Sceptical arrogance and evolutionary psychology
And now for a bit of drama
Agreement polar ice sheets are melting
November ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Regarding women as animals
Christmas present for nerds – what about science books?
Time for philosophical honesty about Darwin
Religion in schools – a sensible approach
Climate change deniers don’t understand expertise
The arrogance of supernatural privilege
Morality and non-human animals
More damage from megastorm Sandy
Capturing kid’s minds with emotions
That particle again
Who were Stalin’s victims?
Reports from the Moving Naturalism Forward workshop
The elephant in the US elections
October ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life. Episode 3: Meaning
Who are these “credible experts”?
The mini-iPad and original sin
Death – part 2 of a series
Beer, anxiety and depression – their origins
Why (some) Christians support discrimination
Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life – Sin
Moving Naturalism Forward
A concise summary of climate change – science and politics
From evolution to belief
Are you offended yet?
This has to stop
Sneaking in the magic man
Naturalism and science are incompatible
None so blind
A Kiwi makes it to Mars!
September ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The most important place you didn’t know about
A useful map of the human body
The paradoxes of theological gullibility
The internet – Yeah, right!
US air traffic on a typical day and on September 11, 2001
Finish the sentence . . .
People saying stupid things on the Internet
Another anti-science attack on Mann fails – but the lies continue
Secularism – its internal problems
Politics and economics of Arctic ice loss
Internet silos become ideological ghettos
Climate change denier’s false “deep distress” fools no-one
Changing that light bulb while in denial
High Court ruled on integrity – not science
New Zealand climate change denial defeated
I don’t know!
Making giant flowers out of fireworks
Moral evolution in today’s society
August ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Drifting moral values
Subjective morality – not what it seems?
Objective or subjective laws and lawgivers
Neil Armstrong by Buz Aldrin
The science philosophy “conflict”
Making sense of religion, science, and morality
Kiwi science fiction with a message
Science – the greatest story ever told
A sundial on Curiosity?
Scientific shift work
Cynical evangelisation of children
Curiosity requires patience
Going for gold – on Mars
A load of science
July ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
NZ Blog Rankings FAQ
So scientism = non-theism?
Saying it with flowers
What really happens in religious instruction classes?
What Is Life? From Schrödinger to Watson to Venter
Their mission – values or advancement of religion?
The story behind the High Court action
Ethical enquiry or moral instruction?
Scepticism, denial and the high court
William Lane Craig’s philosophy – the condensed version
So you think science has a problem?
Peter Singer on the misrepresentation of Peter Singer
Human values are secular
End of life decisions
Why the Higgsteria?
Cost of scientific research – and political naivity
The creationism controversy – a summary
Is there room for religion in science?
June ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Scientific knowledge should trump “belief”
Seven Minutes of Terror
Australian census confirms healthy trend
Science is messy – for girls too!
Print-on-demand books – what’s the hold-up?
How to write a best-seller!
Sharp increase in “nones”
A disciplined discussion
What did Galileo ever do to you?
Gnu bashing once again
The prejudiced journalist
Do atheists need religion?
Mixing values and Jesus in secular education
The Scamtific Method
May ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Scientific knowledge – reliable but not certain
Weather extremes and climate change
“Web monkeys” and science presentation
Dementia – There’s an app for that!
Give them enough rope . . .
Why won’t Inland Revenue subsidise my life expenses?
Human morality is evolving
So you’re considering switching to eBooks?
Welcome to the Anthropocene
Naturalism in science
“Lose” your faith, gain your life?
What’s in store for eBook readers
Heartland ignorant of public relations – let alone science
Belief and morality
What has science ever done for us?
April ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The problem with philosophy
Puddles and “fine-tuning”
Great science talks in Auckland
Science denial is a diversion from the real problems
When the “best explanation” is the worst explanation
Toss out the moderator for a better discussion
Jesus heals – but not cancer!
Emotional time for Shuttle fans
Catholic popes victims of sexual abuse!
Who is committing fraud here?
Morality and the “worship” of reason
The silliness of a self-proclaimed “investigative journalist”
Moral behavior in animals
Conservatives, liberals and purity
The trouble with physics?
Is God incredible – or what?
Science and the folly of faith
March ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Another lousy photo of the sun?
The Sand Creatures
A fuzzy photo of the sun
The “public square” myth
Yes, please try this at home!
Whanganui District Council comes to senses
“Good faith” science – and its enemies
Climate change controversy in context
Shy climate denier in “science team” reveals himself.
The chickens are hatching
February ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The size of things
Theological pretzel twisting
A universe in an eBook (or app)
Souvenirs for scientists
Heartland Insitute gets mail
Heartland’s climategate – and Mann’s book
Bioluminescence in space!
Defeat for imposed prayer
ID research and publications
Theological mental gymnastics over evolution
“What, me worry?” – distorting climate change data
Free will – problems of definition
January ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The scientific method – what about the philosophical method?
In the front lines of the “climate wars”
Who is funding the climate change denial groups?
Our fingerprints are all over it!
The [in]compatibility of science and religion
Comprehending reality – Should we give up so easily?
Nothing is something
Who drives the science/religion conflict?
Choosing your religion
Open letter across the barricade
New book formats
The argument from authority (or lack thereof)
December ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Peter Jackson – Satan’s Little Helper”
“Other ways of knowing” and their result.
Slaughtering some sacred seasonal cows
Reacting to a death with respect and hatred
Christmas present ideas: This Hell would be useful!
Higgs and homeopathy
Christmas gift ideas: Aussie wisdom
Christmas gift ideas: The human mind – a history
Christmas gift ideas: Evolution of gods, morals and violence
Christmas gift ideas: Working on Mars
Christmas gift ideas: One for the kids
Christmas gift ideas: Why we deny climate change
Christmas gift ideas: Thinking of our grandchildren
Christmas gift ideas: How We Know What’s Really True
Christmas gift ideas: Kids – it’s OK to be different!
A debunking handbook provides lessons in science communication
November ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Finding out about the astronomers who found the universe
Climategate 2.0 and “toecurling” journalism
It’s crowded up there
Creative science writing
Royal Society’s science book of year Winton Prize winner.
Reclaiming ‘intelligent design’
A lesson in human logic
Is Keith Ward really that naive about science?
Demolishing Craig on morality
Cultural effect of The Big Bang Theory
Answer simple question – win an iPad
New Zealand in good company. Pity about the USA
October ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
What’s your number?
Concern over William Lane Craig’s justification of biblical genocide
Outsourcing moral decisions to justify genocide
New Zealand happy – some preachers upset!
The never ending battle
Having it both ways
Ranking human conflicts and tyrannies
Dawkins responds to a stalker – Craig gets his debate
Avoiding possible catastrophe – even if you are confused
You CAN be good with God!
Big money behind local climate change deniers?
Historians of science sometimes miss the wood for the trees
Approaching morality scientifically
Ethicists have problems with ethics!
The climate change denial machine
How do you know that?
How We Know What’s Really True
Problems with pdf eBooks – metadata issues
September’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Compulsory payments for advancement of religion – let’s get rid of that.
Some recent recommended science books
Art in science
Where have we been?
Rings around Uranus
William Lane Craig’s “logic”
Science and the “supernatural”
Empathy for colleagues
Approaching a Middle East peace
Atheists aren’t shrill – just disgusting?
What’s this about cosmic rays and global warming?
Making life from the primordial soup
A fight-back – or simply spite?
Evolution and education – advice for teachers
That’s what I like to see in a young woman!
A reminder of reality’s magic
August ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Religious theology of secularism
Martydom of the priveliged
Another book for the kids
Secular democracy and its critics
2012 Global Atheist Convention – Melbourne
Hitler objects to atheist charge
440 FOI requests in one day! From one person!
There is something about Wellington
Some things for the kids
The blinkered view of politics?
I get email
NZ blog rankings update
Is Monckton good value?
The reality of scientific research
Monckton messes own nest
July ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Videos on morality
Pat Churchland on the science of morality
Breivik’s terrorism and science
Terror in Norway
Atlantis returns home – viewed from ISS
Background Briefing for Mockton’s NZ visit
Science has the real debate
Bias in the history of science
Seven years of discovery
Your chance for a free book
That hacking scandal
Are scientists hostile to religion?
Galileo’s modern critics
Debates in the philosophy of science
Does science lead to secularism?
June ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Personal attacks on climate scientists
A silver lining to Expelled?
Galileo’s revolutionary contribution
Science, religion and respect for meaning
Protecting yourself against bullshit
Clarifying some myths in the history of science
Early history of science
Converting beliefs to “truths”
Ideology and violence
Painless science writing
May ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Waking from a coma!
American Imams supporting evolutionary science
A secular bible
Daniel Dennett on conflict between religion and science
Visible signs of the rapture
The Magic of Reality for young people
Don’t drink the punch!
Working on Mars
A non-theist feast down under!
The chances of Royal Weddings arising randomly…
Designer spin II
What’s special about religious “knowledge?”
Climate change lectures in Auckland
April ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Exposing the pretense of Christian unity
Is there a role for science in morality?
Philosophical justifications for morality
Answering questions on morality
Problems with philosophers and theologians
More on the science of morality
Selling the family silver!
Craig brings some clarity to morality?
Foundations of human morality.
Church rejects power of prayer!
Limits of logic
Something to celebrate
Advocating or explaining secular moral values?
March ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
What is Life? Another Great Debate
The Galileo myths
Beauty, mystery and science
Christianity gave birth to science – a myth?
The implausibility of reality
Is atheism bad for science?
Myths within a myth
Thank goodness for eBook Readers
Theistic science? No such thing
The ethics of exploitation
Blogging for New Zealand
Science Under Attack?
Acceptance of science – dangerous for some
Making sense of Ring gate?
February ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
From “Grand Design” to “On Being”
A human response to Christchurch quake
Alan Turing documentary
Taking the census seriously
The future of books – and Santa?
On being philosophical about science
The secular Egyptian protest a good start for a successful revolution
Shonky climate-change denial “science”
Reinterpretation “research” on climate change
A hymn for Darwin Day
Celebrating Alan Turing’s life and achievements
The scientific study of religion
January ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Converging evidence on climate change
eBook “singles” – and the problems
Marie Curie Lecture Series – 2011
Comparing blog visit statistics
Shoddy reporting on “god genes”
The god gene – or is it a meme?
Certainty is useless – a scientific concept
The nature of the science-religion conflict?
“Other ways of knowing” – some sense at last
Culture and the scientific renaissance
Sharing a chemical moment
The moon and the ISS
Secular News Daily – useful source
New views of eclipses
Deriving “ought from is” scientifically?
December ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Science and morality – a panel discussion
A physicist comments on science and morality
A philosopher comments on science and morality
Telling right from wrong – unreligiously
Another local climate change denial meme
Wine and the Watchtower
It’s that time of the year
A handy app for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
A philosopher’s Christmas present
Painted into a corner?
Real science – warts and all
WikiLeaks and climategate
2011 – International Year of Chemistry
The “You Can’t Trust Science!” agenda
NASA and old lace
November ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Cutting off your nose for Christmas?
“Other ways of knowing” purpose?
What is the problem?
A victory for secular ethics
The Hitchens – Dembski debate
The joys of eBook readers – the Sony PRS-650 Touch
Secularism is important
Dawkins answers questions
Telling right from wrong?
Can science shape human values?
Some book ideas
The ISS – a decade of growth
October ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The human mind – a history
Check out those climate change claims on the internet
Waking up to morality
Four signs of a stroke
Can the “supernatural” be of any use?
Are ebooks taking off?
Some pesky delusions
Strident, militant atheists?
Why we deny climate change
Attitudes will change. Life will get better
Your computer is the enemy!
Death by stoning for adultery!
Scientific misconduct and skepticgate
Breaking away – an interesting case study
Sam Harris on The Daily Show
Move over – old fellow!
Hawking’s grand design – lessons for apologists?
Arrested moral development.
September ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Treating statistics sensibly
Not about Einstein
Bus adverts a human rights issue
Check out your ancestors
Trust the experts – if they say what we want
The Bible – a book review
A scientific consensus on human morality
Pope Benny’s speech – graphically
Putting the Pope in his place
Popes cunning straw mannery?
Human Evolution and the Organ of Mind
Mind change – a moral choice?
Putting the IPCC in its place?
Mapping modern science
An unnecessary being?
What is matter? What is materialism?
New science blogs in New Zealand
The Grand Design – neither God nor 42
Earth and Moon from Mercury
The Challenge of the Human Brain
August ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fallout from Hauser affair spreads
A lesson for NZ critics of climate science?
Nicholas Stern to present Robb Lectures
So you want a conversation?
The myth of the noble scientist
The heart of PZ Myers
After NIWA, God?
Marc Hauser replies – acknowledges mistakes
Hauser misconduct investigation – Full text of Dean’s statement
Fallacy of Fine Tuning
A desperate plea to be noticed?
A stormy future?
A sympathetic take on Marc Hauser and the “scientific misconduct” issue
A paper by Marc Hauser retracted – Harvard Magazine
Climate change is complex
A nice little tool for printing blog posts
“God of the surprises”
Recognising good science bloggers and Big Blog Theory winners
It’s politics, not science
July ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Suzan does a mini- Monckton
Evolution of gods, morals and violence
Is and ought
The new science of morality
Science, faith and limits of knowledge
Liability of scientific denialism to political conservativism
Evolution and the Holocaust
Life on the building site
Theological critiques of billboards required
Support John Abraham against Monckton’s bullying
Ways of not knowing
The changing face of science communication
A regular climate science podcast
Climategate – Journalist withdraws and apologises
Making room for faith in science?
Getting straight on marriage
“Climategate” smears found false – Mann cleared
NZ Atheists Swap Buses For Billboards
June ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Religion in public life – two approaches
Ridiculing ridiculous science commentary
Truth getting it’s boots on!
A question of expertise and credibility
Climate scientist’s’ register?
Kids – it’s OK to be different!
Twinning with Venus
Avoiding grown-up discussion
A competition for Aussie science blogs
Apologies would be nice
Historic shuttle launch photos
Australians concerned about tax exemption for cults
Pseudoscience and anti-science nonsense
Science on New Zealand TV
Hot science blogs
May ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Journalists create world’s first artificial news story!
Don’t trust Monckton!
This is scary!
Theological intrusions into science
God, stop ‘playing science’
Why Don’t We Go To Church?
The heart of opposition to climate science
Last chance – almost!
What’s that about global cooling?
Are you threatened by clarity?
Supporting good science communication
We don’t know!
Monckton and Shimkus get silly together
The Dawkins Delusions
Climate change and the integrity of science
Secularism in Australia and New Zealand
Natural selection or domestication?
April ‘10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Thinking of our grandchildren
Science, values and ethics
Avoiding tax – supernaturally
Climate scientist sues newspaper for false reporting
Climategate, Lord Monckton and Monty Python
Climate change deniers wallets threatened
Climategate summed up
Superstition – inevitable?
Libel Reform campaign continues
RIP Antony Flew
Officially a fake scandal from science perspective
Dangerous science denial
You have to laugh!
A more transparent approach
Orbital debris, the ISS, moon and sun
A space nerd’s Easter
Getting to the truth – gradually
March ‘10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Climate scientist Phil Jones exonerated
The origins of science?
The rickety bandwagon of climate change denial
Are religious scientists worried about their brethren?
The climate change denial industry
Can science answer moral questions?
Periodic Table of of science blogs
Creationism, climate change and scientific denialism
Open Letter from U.S. Scientists on the IPCC
From Melbourne to Copenhagen
Are science and religion compatible?
Chris Mooney interviews Michael Mann on “climategate”
Science bloggers talk teaching
Great photo of the Solar Corona
Clear science communication
Institute of Physics in hot seat
Climate science for you and me
February ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Richard Dawkins – wrong again!
Freedom of information and responsibility
This game looks familiar
Anti-science lies being exposed – slowly
Deniers distort Phil Jones
New Zealand has bigots too
Belief and social identity
Etiquette for the office global warming denier
NZ blogs sitemeter ranking – February ‘10
Climate change confusion – a conspiracy of sorts
WARNING! People might find us out!
One for the kids
Get your climate change science on the run
Can science solve all problems?
Spinning exoneration of Dr. Michael Mann Into “Whitewash”
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What should be obvious is that religions LIE to their followers. They LIE blatantly, continuously, and repeated. It is not as if the lies have not been pointed out, they are made very very clear to the Church leadership. So, the Lying is malicious and deliberate.
Why is it effective? Because believers refuse to give up the promised reward of an fictional afterlife. Should they admit to themselves that the entire religion is a fraud (which religions obviously are) then the believer can no longer maintain the internal self deluding fiction of an afterlife of bliss.
The extent of this self deluding stupidity becomes clear when people are willing to swallow the whopper that 99% of people are going to an afterlife of torment, but they are amongst the 1% of lucky guessers that picked the “correct” Church to attend.
Sadly, the self delusions leave parishioners open to every form of scam and con game going. They will even deny their children proper medical care when told to by religious scam operators.
There are laws against FRAUD, but add a religious flavor and the entire enterprise becomes quite untouchable by the normal legal protections. This needs to change.
A: I believe that unicorns exist and that special priests can cast down their staffs and create snakes and that fortune tellers can really see the future but it makes invisible people in the sky very angry and that there’s a special, flying horse with a face of a human and…
B: That’s stupid.
A: It’s my religion.
B: ….and I respect it.
Since both Hitler and Mussolini were at least nominal Catholics, and neither was excommunicated, presumably the Roman Catholic Church can explain this nice point of ‘morality’ or ‘ethics’. The 1930s were marked by an unholy alliance between Catholicism and Fascism across Europe, most notably in Spain. Most of us in the 21st century would say that the church, rather than Darwin, needs to justify this when the name of Hitler comes up.
Off-topic, apologies, but does anyone know which NZ charities are secular? Specifically ones that work with children in poverty? After watching the recent documentary concerning child poverty in NZ, I am motivated to do something to help.
Good point, Hannah. I raised a similar question in my post Charity and linked data.
At this stage I can suggest having a search of the NZ Charities Commission database. This gives you an opportunity of checking each charity out to some extent as it provides copies of rules and financial returns.
The data is openly available and some bright spark could write a programme to produce summaries for the sort of question you ask.
meanwhile – it would be great if people with some experience could suggest secular charities. it would be good to post such a list somewhere.
Ken, the only “straw mannery” and quote mining I see here is from you. Because once again you pretty clearly misrepresent me.
Here is what you say
Here you state that I quoted Darwin and that I interpreted him as saying that a moral and social code held by a human species that has evolved must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects. But that is not what I said at all is it Ken?
This is what I said about Darwin’s quote, which is clear to anyone who reads the link you provide and checks the source.
Here I quite clearly did not claim what you said. I did not say the social code held by a human species that has evolved must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects. Instead I cited Darwin to support the claim that its possible for evolution to have produced rational beings who feel infanticide or rape and theft. I repeat this point on both sides of the quote.
Now the quotes you provide from Darwin in fact show he did say this here is what you say
Here you claim Darwin, (a) denied the idea that evolution must produce animals with the same moral sense as ours and (b) claim that its possible for evolution to produce creatures who believed it was their sacred duty to kill their family members. Both of which entail that it is possible for evolution to produce creatures who have radically different moral sentiments to ours.
My point then stands, it is possible for evolution to produce creatures whose moral sentiments support infanticide. All your post shows is how those who complain about strawmannery and quote mining are ironically sometimes the ones who do it.
Matt, I think the fact you deleted the same part of the quote from Darwin that Weikart omits, and possibly more to the point that Craig omits, is an indication (but I agree not a proof) of quote mining.
Anyway, perhaps you could acknowledge where you got the quote from and if you have bothered to read those chapters of the Descent of Man on the origins of human morality? I ask that because you don’t seem to understand the issue.
If you has understood what Darwin wrote you would not have used that quote out of context. That was straw mannery on your part.
I agree that “it is possible for evolution to produce creatures whose moral sentiments support infanticide.” We see that with some other animals, and even sometimes with humans (eg religious sacrifice). And WL Craig also demonstrates such sentiments when he justifies the murder of children in his holy book.
That is a problem with command ethics. Anything can be justified by claiming a command from your god.
But, Matt, you were claiming that your “divine command” ethics does not justify rape and infanticide and that secular ethics can.
If you had bothered to actually read Darwin, instead of lifting a quote mined by Craig, you would have understood how natural selection does lead to development of higher sentiments in man, including “sympathy” (as he put it). This, together with reason, enables humans to develop a secular ethics which excludes such things as murder, rape and infanticide. Human sentiments are clearly different to those of hive-bees.
However, Craig has demonstrated that “divine command” ethics enables him to justify such actions.
Darwin’s analogy is absurd in any case.
Raising humans in a hive environment? what, complete with a single dominant female producing thousands of offspring daily? pleese.
Raising humans in a hive environment? what, complete with a single dominant female producing thousands of offspring daily? pleese.
It’s all become clear.
Accepting the Theory of Evolution…leads to SIGOURNEY WEAVER!
(Well,…um…I guess could live with that.)
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** non-moral yardsticks and necessary intolerance
Moralities cannot be evaluated by a moral yardstick — that leads nowhere but endless repetitions of assumed (god-given) moral superiority or frank admissions of cultural relativism, two horns of a false dilemma. Nevertheless that does not mean yardsticks for comparing moralities do not exist. Such as the measure Nietzsche called “health”.
More basic than comparative non-moral measures evaluating moral types are those necessary patterns of behavior — required of any system to be called “moral” at all.
• Morality is a cultural artifact.
All moralities are irreducibly social. Yet In any culture, some rules are necessary boundary conditions. Thus murder — the deliberate killing of an in-group member, a person — cannot be generalized (tolerated); otherwise, no culture could exist.
Cultures of murderers, liars, thieves, rapists, and cannibals do not exist — social instability precludes their formation.
• No god dictates rules, so-called “laws” — not to nature, not to societies.
A lesson learned in cosmology, biology, economics and anthropology, but not the Big-3 monster theisms. These employ secular power to immorally impose their authoritarian ideologies, political and sexual. To use immoral means to establish a “morality” demonstrates a failed system. (“God” is not sovereign; the people are. Thank James Madison!)
Given immanent rules (patterns of innate and trained behavior) complex systems of interaction, order, growth, adaptability arise spontaneously — market capitalism and basic moral networks as examples. Operable in both cases a pattern of human interaction called‘exchange’ in economics and ‘reciprocity’ in moral systems.
Well, Matt, you neatly supported Ken Parrot’s main contention – that you do not check your sources and, when this finds you out, you see nothing wrong with dishonestly repeating and embroidering the falsified point in an attempt to bolster your religious agenda. Your intellectual integrity obviously cannot be trusted. Shame on you!
Actually Rosemary, I did not “support” Ken’s main contention, perhaps you should read a little clearer.
Here is what Ken said
Note what Ken says here, he says I interpret Darwin to mean that “that a moral and social code held by a human species that has evolved must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects”.
But that is clearly not what I said, here is what I said
Here I do not say that that “a moral and social code held by a human species that has evolved must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects” I simply say its possible for evolution to have produced rational beings who feel infanticide is permissible.
The claim this is possible, is not a misinterpretation.
Saying its possible for evolution to produce X, is not the same as saying evolution must actually produce X. As for the phrase “in an extreme” case, that actually makes no difference, because if something can happen in an extreme case then that shows its possible. If it were not possible it could not happen at all, in any case.
I don’t know why some people can’t tell the difference but its actually quite simple.
So shame on you for repeating Ken’s misrepresentation when the evidence I provide above shows quite clearly its not true.
Matt, perhaps it’s because this is an old post but I really can’t see what you are rambling on about and wtf it has to do with soils!
I don’t know what your position is but it seems well accepted scientifically that we and similar species have evolved to have “wired in” instincts that can have both positive and negative consequences morally. The point is that like the movement of the planets and biological evolution this is understood from consideration of facts and observation – no gods are required.
In fact, introduction of gods can lead to justification of the most awful moral relativism as Craig’s support for genocide, ethnic cleansing and infanticide demonstrates.
Secular ethics has no problems coming to grips with the contradictory instincts humans have and developing a moral code which is both rational and humanitarian. Which excludes genocide and ethnic cleansing. Nothing to do with soils – although personally I feel we should have an ethical position regarding soils. We should stop treating them like dirt.
Seeing your pretending not to understand I’ll recap for your readers:
Above you said I quoted Darwin and that I interpret this to mean that a moral and social code held by a human species that has evolved must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects this was the basis of your claim that I was dishonestly misrepresenting Darwin.
I pointed out that, when you read what I actually said, I did not claim that a moral and social code held by a human species that has evolved must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects. I rather made the different claim that its possible for evolution to produce rational creatures
So your argument is pretty clearly a misrepresentation.
When this is documented you pretend to not understand and dismiss it as rambling, that’s convenient but not honest. Time to fess up and stop the dishonesty.
Matt, I realize the “you said I said” game is central to the theological argument as a diversion from reality. I won’t play that game.
But I think the main point I made is that you had quote mined the Darwin quote and had not actually read what Darwin had written about human morality. The quote mining charge was based on the fact that a phrase was missing from the quote and this was the same as the quote pedalled by Craig, etc. It’s made the creationist rounds in the theological echo chamber many times over.
But perhaps you could clear this up. Have you read this particular book or the chapters where Darwin discusses the origins of human morality?
Ken, I see change the subject to express something hostile to theology, how predictable.
In fact it was you who wrote a post on the “they said Darwin said” topic wasn’t it
Again above you claimed I misrepresented Darwin by claiming he taught that a moral and social code held by a human species that has evolved must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects. You did this by quote mining me out of context. I demonstrate this above.
Are you going to retract this claim or continue to try and the change the subject.
Matthew, your self-delusion quotient is exceptional! Talking to you is like talking to someone with cerebral blindness who insists (as people with Anton-Babinski syndrome do) that they can really see and everyone else is just manipulating the environment so that it seems to be otherwise.
The original claim – that you repeated a quote mined passage from Darwin instead of reading and quoting from the original – has been robustly confirmed on these pages. Nothing that you have said here has undermined that conclusion. All you have done is throw a lot of stinking red herrings around.
The fact remains that to everyone who actually has read the original source it is starkly clear that you have sacrificed intellectual integrity for the sake of promoting a preconceived conclusion. Trying to fit facts to conclusions instead of conclusions to facts is a well documented habit of apologists for all kinds of religions, ideologies and political agendas. There is nothing specifically “anti-theist” about pointing out that you have provided yet another example to bolster the stereotype that Creationists are particularly adept at this type of dishonesty.
I don’t expect that you have the ability to acknowledge this, any more than I would expect that the cortically blind will ever admit the reason they bump into furniture and walls is that they really cannot see. Sadly, it’s obvious to the un-indoctrinated observer.
Sorry but that does not really wash.
To show that someone lied you need to provide “evidence” that means you need to show they said something and what they said was false.
Your welcome to compare what Ken claimed I attributed to Darwin with what I did attribute to him. I have provided the evidence above that I did not, you have not responded to this.
Your also welcome to provide textual evidence that Darwin did not claim that its “possible” for evolution to produce rational creatures that support infanticide” seeing that was the only thing I attributed to Darwin the claim that I am distorting Darwin comes to esthablishing this. Again you say nothing to claim otherwise neither does Ken.
Instead of addressing the issue, you start to talk about how you are unbiased and attribute all sorts of delusional states to me. And make all sorts of character attacks on “apologists” and “creationists”. (The latter is particularly odd, seeing I am not a creationist, and the argument I mention is one that comes from mainstream secular ethics). Unfortunately flattering yourself and appealing to genetic fallacies does not prove anything. Except that some people like to change the subject and engage in really fallacious reasoning.
If you or Ken can show that (a) I said anything other than that Darwin claimed its possible for evolution to produce rational creatures that support infanticide and (b) Darwin did not say this. Then your claims can be defended. If you can’t esthablish (a) and (b) then admit you were wrong
Matt – Its not about you. People just get switched off by the “you said I said” merry-go-round. Stop trying to justify yourself and engage with the real issues.
No one denies that as an evolved species humans are capable of infanticide. However, no one in their right mind justifies it by appealing to evolution or science. They do this because of their tribe’s deprived condition or because of their mental problems.
Then of course there are those who justify infanticide and worse as a result of divine command. That is the position Craig takes. Quoting irrelevantly (and in an amended way) from Darwin is just a diversion. You are clearly ashamed of Craig’s position and wish to divert attention.
If we want to deal with Darwin’s early contributions to the scientific understanding of morality then don’t use that quote (which you lifted from the creationist/theological echo chamber.). Actually read his book or at least the relevant chapters.
Better still, read some of the modern scientific writings on morality. They are fascinating.
Irrational dishonesty at it again,
Actually as you know Craig does not “support” ethnic cleansing. He thinks that in rare unuausal circumstances infanticide is permissible and he expresses scepticism that these situations ever actually happen in reality. But that is a distraction anyway, because even if Craig did support all these things, the argument still commits the ad hominen fallacy. Because it attacks the character of the arguer rather than providing reasons for rejecting the argument.
It’s a basic logical point that you don’t discredit a person’s argument by attacking the character of the arguer, an arguments soundness stands on whether its premises are true and the form logically valid, not on the virtues or vices of the person uttering it.
Actually you are not justified in drawing an affirmative conclusion from silence, even a provisional one. From silence one is justified inferring neither a negative or an affirmative.
But again you are being dishonest here: you now claim the issue was wether I “ have you read the book of Darwin from which the quote was taken, or even the chapters of the origins of human morality?” But that was not the accusation you made, was it Ken, what you said was.
The accusation here was, not that I had not read Darwin, it was that I had claimed he said that a moral and social code held by a human species that has evolved must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects. Now I did not say that and I have provided evidence I did not.
So Ken, are you going to retract the claim you actually made? Changing the subject to ask me other questions in the hope you can find something else to pin on me, does not address this. Similarly demanding I answer these new questions and yet refusing to answer the original does not address it either. Will you retract the false claim you made about me ( and also Craig btw) from your site, or are you going to continue to make claims about theists which you know to be false. The ball in your court. I am not going to play your game of changing the subject to different questions everytime your BS is exposed.
blockquoteNow Matt – you claim of me that I am “claiming that nothing is something and that contradictions can be true because a scientist decides to say so”. That is silly. I am referring to a book written by a specialist in this area. His contribution to modern cosmology is immense.
The fact a contradiction is uttered by a leading cosmologist does not make contradictions true. It’s interesting that scientists will accept on authority claims from people that violate logic. What was that about not taking things on faith in authority if it goes against reason
But he is not the only person to refer to the observed fact that a volume from which everything is removed and therefore is considered “nothing” nevertheless teems with activity. This is hardly “a scientist says so.” Its not theology. Science is derived from observation.
Actually this is a fallacious inference, if you discover that something which you consider to be nothing, is teeming with activity, then the conclusion to draw is that its not nothing, you obviously did not “draw everything” out of it, or something else you don’t know about has influenced it in some way. Noting is not an existent thing with properties or actions. Ignoring an obvious contradiction by taking ignorant swipes at theology does not show contradictions can be true. It’s a matter of logic not theology or cosmology.
Nothing and something are logical opposites. Nothing is the absence of anything at all. Something is the presence of at least one thing. To claim nothing is something is a contradiction, the fact some scientists believe illogical thinks is rarely nothing in favour of them.
Matt – Its not about you. People just get switched off by the “you said I said” merry-go-round. Stop trying to justify yourself and engage with the real issues.
As I keep telling you Matt – I am not going to play your “he said, you said merry-go-round” game – or respond to ad hominen attacks.
You need to deal with the real issues – and please, one thread at a time – or at least no duplication across threads.
Your faulty tags have confused things here too.
The claim was that you repeated a quote from one of Darwin’s works that had been doctored and censored, instead of quoting the original in full. The implication is that you did not bother to read the original and are therefore misleading your readers, as well as yourself, about what Darwin’s message actually was. Nothing you have said proves that you did not do this.
In any case, Darwin’s theory of evolution has been superceded in response to a lot of additional evidence. Spending time attacking the original theory just shows you up as an scientifically outdated and ill-informed. I wouldn’t be proud of that, if I were you.
Rlwen, your comments show write
Yes I know that the Ken accused me of misrepresenting Darwin. However I posted what I actually said in the original article Ken quoted above. And when you read it it is clear I did not misrepresent Darwin’s message. I provided the quote above, so please stop repeating a claim which I have documented is false.
If you read what I actually wrote you’ll see I did not “censor Darwin” I quoted a portion of his work where he claimed it was possible for evolution to produce rational creatures that support infanticide. I said no more about Darwin nor did I say less. There is nothing inaccurate her, Ken has repeatedly granted that Darwin did say this and the claim is correct.
Perhaps seeing you want to publically accuse me of dishonesty you an show either (a) that I said something other than that Darwin believed it was possible for evolution to produce rational creatures that’s support infanticide. Or (b) show that Darwin did not claim that it was possible for evolution to produce rational creatures who support infanticide.
It’s easy to make assertions about others a lot hard to substantiate it. I note that neither you or Ken have yet to actually do the latter.
Well actually this comment shows you are illinformed, because if you read the article Ken quoted from I was not attacking the theory of evolution at all, nor was I attacking Darwin’s original theory. In fact I all I did was quote one comment from Darwin that I agreed with, and Ken has said is true.
I said nothing else about Darwin or evolution as a scientific theory in the article at all. Zip. The article was not about the merits of evolutionary theory, I was asking rather wether the standard Euthyphro argument used against divine command meta-ethics applied to a particular form of evolutionary ethics.
It seems quite clear that you have not actually read the article. Of course the fact your claiming I should read Darwin before I quote a sentence from him looks a tad ironic in this context.
In fact the article was not even about evolution or science it was about meta-ethics. As to me being misinformed, I have a PhD in ethics from the University of Otago, have taught ethics at Waikato and Otago, and have several peer reviewed publications in ethics and several more forthcoming on the very topic I was discussing. I am willing to have my writings on ethics and Ken’s tested in the mainstream peer reviewed literature on ethics any day of the week.
I did not write on science at all. Ken took a comment I made out of context put it up here and claimed I had said things I had not. The fact you think I was attacking evolutionary theory or commenting on its merits as a scientific theory shows quite persuasively that you have not actually read the article you are talking about.
Attacking someone, and publically denigrating there character when you have not even read what they wrote is not something I would be proud of. Nor would I publically claim to be an unbiased observer if I had done this.
Please answer my questions
(a) Where in the article I said anything other than the claim that Darwin believed it was possible for evolution to produce rational creatures that believe infanticide is a sacred duty infanticide?
If that’s false, please
(b) show me the relevant research which shows its logically impossible for evolution to produce rational creatures who think this?
And given your comments above please
© show me where in the article I attacked the theory of evolution or Darwin’s original theory?
If you can do neither, then you and Ken owe me a retraction and apology.
So Ken are you going to
(a) Provide an in context quotation where I said that Darwin believed that that a moral and social code held by a human species that has evolved must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects
(b) Retract your claim that in the article in question I said this.
Or are you going to keep changing the subject so you can get away with dishonest scholarship and slander?
Matt – the quote I gave of your was “it is unlikely that a loving and just person could command actions such as infanticide or rape whereas, evolution, guided only by the impersonal forces of nature, is not subject to such constraints.”
I also quote your mate Weikart:
“if morality is the product of these mindless evolutionary processes, as Darwin and many other prominent Darwinists maintain, then “I don’t think [they] have any grounds to criticize Hitler.”
“To natural selection killing your siblings and offspring is all the same as loving them. Selection only favors what works to enhance survival and reproduction, and it does not matter if it is nice and moral, or harsh and brutal.”
I then went on to point out that your mate Craig who swears by such command ethics was doing exactly that. Tkae this incredible justification for infanticide by Craig:
““I would say that God has the right to give and take life as he sees fit. Children die all the time! If you believe in the salvation, as I do, of children, who die, what that meant is that the death of these children meant their salvation. People look at this [genocide] and think life ends at the grave but in fact this was the salvation of these children, who were far better dead…than being raised in this Canaanite culture. “
And he has justified biblical ethnic cleansing/genocide. I know that embarrass you but it is a fact.
Now get a bit of spine and stop the “you said I said” whining. Discuss the issues. (And enough of the personal attacking – it doesn’t work).
You claim: “I am willing to have my writings on ethics and Ken’s tested in the mainstream peer reviewed literature on ethics any day of the week. “
Well I am not interested in launching into publication in such journals at this stage of my life – although I am happy to present my ideas here and discuss them. its a learning process for mew.
I have also agreed to a invitation have a public discussion with you on these issues. So far we seem to waiting for your acceptance of the idea.
I personally think such a discussion, aimed a lay people and other interested, would be very interesting. (I again see that as a learning process, not a competition). And hopefully it couldn’t be diverted by this “you said, I said” crap.
I don’t know who Weikart is and have never heard of him until you cited him here. So suggesting that what he says has any bearing on what I say has no real relevance.
That fact that someone else said something does not mean I said something does it.
The only quote you give from me is the following
Now nothing in that quote says that moral and social code held by a human species must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects.
Moreover you have snipped the line just prior to this
I refered there to “this conclusion” the conclusion of course was the one I made in the previous paragraph.
Note what was said here, I said it was “possible” for evolution to produce rational beings who feel infanticide was permissible.
So nowhere in the quotes provided do I say that moral and social code held by a human species must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects.
Ken what you have done here is quoted me out of context, placed me next to someone elses quotes Weikart and then attributed to me Weikart’s views. I put to you that this is dishonest to your readers.
It’s hard to take this seriously, the post above is a post about what you think I said and attempts to attack my character on the basis of this. To suggest then that we should not discuss this is disengious. Take responsibility for your actions instead of trying to divert the attention to William Lane Craig. I could just as easily cite Peter Singer’s claim that infants don’t have a right to life and one can kill them if the parents decided they want to replace the child with a better one, or I could cite Dawkins public accalmations that Singer is the most moral man in the world and his view the most logical he has ever heard. But of course it would prove nothing at all.
I’d happily do a public discussion with you, but if in that discussion you start lying about what other people said or distorting there views I will point it out.
Matt, having denied that command ethics could ever be used to justify “actions such as infanticide or rape” you get upset when I provide you a blatant example of where this has in fact been done. Craig using command ethics to justify infanticide, genocide/ethnic cleansing. I know that embarrasses you hence your diversion. Even Craig was unwilling to take up that debate when it was issued by Dawkins (even gave up on the chance to address a Guardian audience via discussion).
I see this as just one little bit of evidence for the correctness of my conclusion that divine command ethics can be used to justify the most horrible moral relativism and the worst of humanity. And because it relies on the “sacred”, the “holy” it can’t be questioned!
Modern secular ethical systems are just so much better than that. And sure as an evolved species we are capable of justifying the most inhuman actions by appealing to divine commands. But we are also capable of relying on the positive side of out nature and developing a far more humanitarian moral code. Evolution didn’t give us morality -it gave us the ability to be moral – or otherwise.
OK – the ball is your court re a public discussion. Let’s make it happen.
Ken I see again you have changed the subject to draw attention away from your misrepresentations above.
But once again, you fail to understand the philosophical positions you confidently comment on.
blockquote > Matt, having denied that command ethics could ever be used to justify “actions such as infanticide or rape” you get upset when I provide you a blatant example of where this has in fact been done. Craig using command ethics to justify infanticide, genocide/ethnic cleansing. I know that embarrasses you hence your diversion.
This is totally confused and I have pointed it out to you before.
Second , I did not deny that command ethics could ever be used to attempt to justify “actions such as infanticide or rape” . I denied that God actually does command infanticide or rape. There is a difference between something actually being the case and someone else claiming something is the case to justify something.
Second, Craig does not contest this he does not think God commands infanticide and rape, what he argued is that in rare unusual never to be repeated circumstances in the past God commanded infanticide.
blockquoteI see this as just one little bit of evidence for the correctness of my conclusion that divine command ethics can be used to justify the most horrible moral relativism and the worst of humanity. And because it relies on the “sacred”, the “holy” it can’t be questioned!
And I have addressed this before as well, and moral position can be used to justify a horrendous conclusion. Appeal can and do claim that human rights justifies them bombing children. People can and do argue that the greater good justifies horrendous things. People can and do claim that evolution justifies certain horrible things. This is not relativism relativism is the claim that an action in fact is right or wrong if you claim it is. There is a difference between something actually being the case and someone else claiming something is the case to justify something.
blockquoteModern secular ethical systems are just so much better than that. And sure as an evolved species we are capable of justifying the most inhuman actions by appealing to divine commands. But we are also capable of relying on the positive side of out nature and developing a far more humanitarian moral code. Evolution didn’t give us morality -it gave us the ability to be moral – or otherwise.
This is a string of assertions not an argument. But it also shows a lack of knowledge of modern secular ethics. In fact a decent number of secular ethicist do currently defend infanticide, and they have good reasons from a secular perspective for doing so. The dominant secular view of Kantianism for example grounds human dignity in rational autonomy infants lack rational autonomy so killing them does not count as homicide on this view. The other major alternative utilitarianism allows people to kill infants if it satisfies enough peoples desires, and seeing infants lack the ability to have a strong future orientated desire to live it’s not hard to justify infanticide. That’s why Peter Singer for example justifies infanticide.
I’ll see what I can organise when the term starts.
Now, Back to the topic, are you going to retract the claim that I said that moral and social code held by a human species must be the same as the most basic of animals or insects. Or are you going to try and divert peoples attention for that again with more uninformed comments about ethics.
Again Mattdid you not blush when you wrote:
“I denied that God actually does command infanticide or rape.”
Followed by this:
Craig argued “that in rare unusual never to be repeated circumstances in the past God commanded infanticide. ”
Ken, you should be blushing because that’s not a contradiction and your claiming it is demonstrates either a lack of care to read carefully or sloppiness in reading.
God does not command infanticide
Craig argued that in rare unusual never to be repeated circumstances in the past God commanded infanticide.
Are compatible, for at least two reasons, first  states something is the case.  states that someone argues something is the case. Now granting something is the case does mean its not the case. You accept evolution is the case, some people (creationists ) argue that its not, does that mean you contradict yourself?
Second,  uses a present tense word it says “does not” hence it claims that presently God does not command something.  on the other hand says that at one time in the past God did something. So even you ignored my first point the two are not incompatible.
Third, in ethics there is an important distinction between prima facie and absolute duties, a prima facie duty is one that holds in normal circumstances most of the time. An absolute duty holds all the time in all circumstances. Take for example the duty to not lie, this is holds in normal circumstances, however there might be rare cases such as when I am hiding Jews in my house and the Gestapo knock on the door and ask me if I have seen any Jews, where this duty does not apply or is exempted. So, when someone claims “X is prohibited” it does not necessarily mean that its absolutely prohibited, in normal conversational contexts we often use prima facie language and don’t fill in all the qualifications. So for example you don’t say to your children, “don’t lie except when the gestapo are at the door” or “keep your promises except when it’s a promise to be on time and you encounter an injured person on the side of the road and have to stop to help him” you say “its wrong to break promises” this does not when one understands this commit the speaker to claiming these are absolute duties.
So even if, you ignore my first two points, the fact someone says its wrong to kill innocent children does not necessarily mean they are commited to saying this is an absolute that holds in all circumstances at all times no matter what.
I know logic and analytical thinking is something scientists lack behind in but if you want to do competent commentary on philosophy you need to get better at it.
But if you want contradictions, you could look at Dawkins saying that Peter Singer a defender of infanticide, a man who believes infants have no higher moral status than cows or pigs is the most moral man in the world, and him saying Craig is morally unworthy to debate with because he thinks that infanticide while wrong in all most all circumstances, nether the less at one time deep in the past may have been permissible. That is a contradiction, one I note you and other atheist hypocrites conveniently ignore.
I cant help thinking that when theologians start bring out numbers (usually to prove they can count to 3) that they are on their last legs.
Your 1 doesn’t state “something that is the case.” No-one has ever put up a structured hypothesis of your god, let alone found evidence for her. And now you are reading her mind as if it is a fact! that she does not command infanticide. (I am always suspicious of people who tell me what their god believes or commands).
You are confused – or perhaps you confuse yourself with your god – because that statement was one made by you – a belief of yours.There is absolutely no evidence otherwise.
Just as Craig’s statement is a belief of his (and you I guess).
And after this you look rather silly to declare: “I know logic and analytical thinking is something scientists lack behind in but if you want to do competent commentary on philosophy you need to get better at it.”
But then again, perhaps you are still half asleep. I shouldn’t go judging you.
Theologains don’t typically do this, the use of numbers in this way is the method of analytical philosophy not theology. And insulting someone’s mathematical ability is never a substitute for actually arguing they are mistaken.
Again this shows your inability to grasp basic distinctions, lets assume for the sake of argument that there is no evidence for God’s existence. That does not mean I did not claim that something is the case. The fact you disagree with someones conclusions does not mean they did not state them. The fact was “what I said” wether it true or false was not contradictory.
Actually your confused, the claim that two things I uttered contradict each other is different from the claim that one or either of them are supported by evidence. Once again Ken, in an attempt to be clever you show your inept in philosophical argument.
But perhaps in the sciences people think that you can demonstrate anothers work is contradictory by claiming with no evidence at all they are asleep. In philosophy we need actual arguments for claims like that.
No Matt. You were simply stating a belief. As was Craig. The fact that these two statements of belief are contradictory only becomes interesting when someone like you attempts to support both at the same time. The fact that you had to resort to a bit of mental gymnastics to assert that your statement of belief was mot that but actually a statement of fact shows the sort of slippery logic theologians seemed to be trained for.