Answers In Reason

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Synopsis

Our readers & listeners are usually those who like to think about and question everything. They are often atheists, but not always. Sometimes they are curious folks who are willing to broaden their horizons, and occasionally we get the odd angry fundamentalist.Most of our readers are not the sort who are looking for confirmation bias, and will verify what we say in our articles with as many different sources as possible. As such, we try to provide many links within our articles from reputable scientific/medical sources where possible, but we also encourage our visitors to keep on reading and questioning.Science, unlike religion, will change its views based on new evidence. As such we are inclined to do the same. If one day it is proved that there is a God, then that will be one of our answers in reason. But with over 2,500 gods in the world, and not a shred of credible evidence for any of them, we are not going to waste our time talking about them much.We will, however, cover the various errors, contradictions, and evils in various holy books, and analyse the text to the best of our ability.CommunityOne thing that we hate about religion is that it divides people; even within each faith there are further separations by denomination.It similarly saddens us that the whole atheist title goes to further separate people from the rest of humanity. We would much rather people work together from a humanist point of view than segregate themselves by using their religion.This is why I always feel a bit saddened by seeing atheist-only events going up. Whilst it is great to meet like-minded individuals, true growth comes from being challenged!That said, we will attend an atheistic event if there is a good cause. For example if it is against bigotry, the pseudo-scientific anti-vaxxers or someone like Aron Ra promoting science over creationism in Texas schools.

Episodes

  • Discussing Discussions (and Debate Styles) – SciPhi: 027

    Discussing Discussions (and Debate Styles) – SciPhi: 027

    11/04/2021

    Why Discuss Discussions? Conversations online frequently become heated, and no ground is given with nothing learned. In this stream, we hope to expand on the dialectic and eristic argument styles. If you have any questions, want us to go into more detail about something, corrections, critique etc. feel free to leave us a message either... Read More

  • If Atheism is true… SciPhi: 026

    If Atheism is true… SciPhi: 026

    04/04/2021

    What do you mean ‘If Atheism is True?’ We quite often hear objections from fellow atheists into statements that include ‘If atheism is true’ – on this stream we address why some atheists have an issue with it, and also how this is a valid phrase. It comes down to context and understanding the other... Read More

  • What’s in the Box?? – SciPhi: 024

    What’s in the Box?? – SciPhi: 024

    21/03/2021

    No Really, What’s in the Box? Dave recently released an article called ‘What’s in the Box?: A Three-Pound Rabbit‘ We discuss a common argument about evidence and a typical claim that something is ‘not evidence’ unless conclusive. ‘Imagine that someone presents us with a box. That box weighs three pounds. The person presenting us with... Read More

  • Feedback on: Morality and Misconceptions – SciPhi: 023

    Feedback on: Morality and Misconceptions – SciPhi: 023

    14/03/2021

    What’s this feedback stream about? Having streamed ‘Morality and Misconceptions’ Found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhLwA…​ We have collated the feedback we have received so far. Some were minor tweaks about the ordering of the slides, which we have amended for the final PDF/Slideshow available here: Morality-Misconceptions-CardsDownload Whilst others were questions and critique – some from very long... Read More

  • Superhero  Super Vilain Morality – SciPhi: 022

    Superhero & Super Vilain Morality – SciPhi: 022

    07/03/2021

    To break up all the serious streams we thought we would have a bit of fun and tie two topics we love together, morality & superheroes. With a few guests, we discuss the morality of superheroes and villains, their powers and actions and cover off topics like: Vigilantes / Vigilante justice Being saved without consentThanos... Read More

  • Philosophy of Science #1 SciPhi: 021

    Philosophy of Science #1 SciPhi: 021

    28/02/2021

    In this stream, we return to the realms of science, philosophy of science that is. We will be discussing the idea of scientific revolutions as discussed by Thomas Kuhn. We were also joined for the first time by Kevin Laprise. Want to Watch us Live? You can watch us live on: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Answers-in-reasonTwitch: http://twitch.tv/u/davidiantwitchyballsTwitter: https://twitter.com/answersinreason... Read More

  • ‘What if you’re wrong?’ – Pascal’s wager – SciPhi: 020

    ‘What if you’re wrong?’ – Pascal’s wager – SciPhi: 020

    21/02/2021

    Pascal’s wager is a Commonly quoted argument from the 17th Century Philosopher, Theologian and Mathematician, Blaise Pascal, but is there more than folks realise? Tonight we get under the skin of this argument and explore various thoughts and rebuttals. Pascals Wager Pascals wager is an argument often used by theists but one of the key... Read More

  • Russell’s Teapot and World – SciPhi: 019

    Russell’s Teapot and World – SciPhi: 019

    14/02/2021

    Russell’s Teapot and World (aka 5 min Hypothesis) Tonight we continue our thought experiments by looking at Russell’s teapot and world. Russell’s World/The 5 Minute Hypothesis (Analysis of Mind, 1921) ‘There is no logical impossibility in the hypothesis that the world sprang into being five minutes ago, exactly as it then was, with a population... Read More

  • Broken Wheels – Thought Experiments – SciPhi: 014

    Broken Wheels – Thought Experiments – SciPhi: 014

    07/02/2021

    Thought Experiments Tonight we discuss thought experiments, how they might be answered through different moral theories, and how context might change folks’ answers. We will start with the Trolley Problem, and if we run out of time will cover the rest in a future episode, such as the experience machine or doctor problem. Trolley Problem... Read More

  • Morality and Misconceptions – SciPhi: 018 [Video]

    Morality and Misconceptions – SciPhi: 018 [Video]

    31/01/2021

    Morality and Misconceptions Morality is a complex topic often discussed on the internet. There are a number of misconceptions surrounding it and as such, I created some “cards” for quick reference based on a number of learnings from a variety of sources and moral theories. W e will be leaning on a number of things... Read More

  • p-Zombieland – Thought Experiments #3 – SciPhi: 017

    p-Zombieland – Thought Experiments #3 – SciPhi: 017

    24/01/2021

    Tonight Dave and Joe discuss the p-Zombies and Zimboes. Chalmers’ argument 1) It is concevable that there are zombies2) If it is conceivable that there are zombies, it is metaphysically possible that there are zombies.3) If it is metaphysically possible that there are zombies, then consciousness is non-physical.4) Consciousness is non-physical. What is a p-Zombie... Read More

  • Mary’s Room – Thought Experiments #2 – SciPhi: 016

    Mary’s Room – Thought Experiments #2 – SciPhi: 016

    17/01/2021

    Dave and Joe continue their walk through thought experiments, and tonight they discuss Mary’s Room. Below are Dave’s notes from the night, which might be a nice accompaniment to read whilst the stream is on. Frank Jackson (1982) ‘Epiphenomenal Qualia’ The Mary’s Room thought experiment ‘Mary is a brilliant scientist who is, for whatever reason,... Read More

  • In Response to Trinity Radio’s ’10 Questions for Atheists’ – SciPhi: 015

    In Response to Trinity Radio’s ’10 Questions for Atheists’ – SciPhi: 015

    10/01/2021

    Tonight we respond to Trinity Radio’s “10 Questions for Atheists” found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1SDYPaUNiY&feature=youtu.be Personally, I find these questions to be better than the average ‘Questions for atheists’ you seem from theists. They seemed open and honest rather than the gotcha style questions and were a pleasure to answer. Dave and I have both answered some... Read More

  • Knowledge and Certainty – Fresh AiR – S03:E02:C02 (AUDIO)

    Knowledge and Certainty – Fresh AiR – S03:E02:C02 (AUDIO)

    05/01/2021 Duration: 01h14min

    Knowledge and Certainty Tonight’s chapter continues from the last on ‘Propositional Logic and Beliefs‘ but can be taken as its own entity. Like our last chapter this is also available as a VIDEO, but for the listener we have a PDF with all the information provided in said video. Knowledge-and-CertaintyDownload So what’s included in tonight’s... Read More

  • Knowledge and Certainty – Fresh AiR – S03:E02:C02 (VIDEO)

    Knowledge and Certainty – Fresh AiR – S03:E02:C02 (VIDEO)

    05/01/2021

    Knowledge and Certainty Tonight’s chapter continues from the last on ‘Propositional Logic and Beliefs‘ but can be taken as its own entity. Like our last chapter this is also available as a AUDIO podcast, and we have a PDF with all the information provided in said video. Knowledge-and-CertaintyDownload So what’s included in tonight’s show? Theories... Read More

  • Epistemic Responsibility – SciPhi: 013 [Video]

    Epistemic Responsibility – SciPhi: 013 [Video]

    27/12/2020

    In our debate group, I asked a question about if we had a moral obligation to get vaccinated, one response I got was that we had an epistemic responsibility. Whilst I’ve glazed the surface of epistemology, looked into the various theories of knowledge and understand epistemic justification aka the burden of proof, I’d not heard... Read More

  • New Atheism and New Atheists w/ Ozymandias Ramses II – SciPhi: 012 [Video]

    New Atheism and New Atheists w/ Ozymandias Ramses II – SciPhi: 012 [Video]

    20/12/2020

    Tonight we had a discussion of new atheism and new atheists with Ozymandias Ramses II, both from the conception of the term and what it was meant to describe to how it now often used as an insult to a particular group of atheists who demonstrate a number of negative behaviours. The conversation covered but... Read More

  • Nationalism – SciPhi: 011 [Video]

    Nationalism – SciPhi: 011 [Video]

    13/12/2020

    The idea of nationalism is one that is a hot button topic at the moment, and on the rise in countries like the UK and USA. In this stream, we will be looking at the various ideas of nationalism. Want to Watch us Live? You can watch us live on: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Answers-in-reasonTwitch: http://twitch.tv/u/davidiantwitchyballsTwitter: https://twitter.com/answersinreason SciPhi... Read More

  • Aristotelian Virtue Ethics – AiR SciPhi 010 [Video]

    Aristotelian Virtue Ethics – AiR SciPhi 010 [Video]

    06/12/2020

    Having covered virtue ethics briefly in Season 2 of the Fresh AiR podcast, we thought we would take a closer look at Aristotelian Virtue Ethics tonight. Virtue Ethics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)Virtue Ethics | Internet Encyclopedia of PhilosophyVirtue ethics – Wikipedia Want to Watch us Live? You can watch us live on: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Answers-in-reasonTwitch: http://twitch.tv/u/davidiantwitchyballsTwitter:... Read More

  • Propositional Logic and Beliefs – Fresh AiR – S03:E02:C01 (AUDIO)

    Propositional Logic and Beliefs – Fresh AiR – S03:E02:C01 (AUDIO)

    01/12/2020 Duration: 50min

    Propositional Logic and Beliefs Season 3 is all about trying something new. As you might have seen we have been running the SciPhi show on YouTube but in the background we have been planning and producing a bigger and better season 3 for you. Our last episode was on scepticism, and ties in nicely with... Read More

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