Two weeks ago, the CFI On Campus Course of Reason blog posted a piece that I wrote in response to JT Eberhard's Skepticon 4 talk titled “Why the Skeptic Community Must Concern Itself with Mental Illness." My post caused quite a reaction for some people in the skeptic/atheist community; most of the reactions were not positive.
I think it is important that the skeptic community not be subsumed by the atheist community. What am I talking about? I’m talking about something as seemingly trifling as a name. At Skepticon IV this year, Dave Silverman gave a call-to-arms talk about why we in the skeptic community should adopt ‘atheist’ as our preferred nomenclature. I think the term ‘atheist’ is a fitting description, but only in the context of the God question. Other than that, it says very little about the movement, or community, or whatever.
Hi this is Seth. Recently there has been a bit of a flare up of the free will debate on skeptic/science blogs. Massimo Pigliucci penned a brief criticism of the brand of determinism often adhered to among fairly prominent skeptics, like Jerry Coyne, Alex Rosenburg, and Sam Harris. His post does a great job highlighting the important conceptual issues of the debate, that may frequently be swept under the rug, or worse, smuggled in without argument.
This morning I picked up the paper and saw a great pro-vax story on the front page. The article does a great job of covering the risks as well as the current situation with an alarming trend of rising exemptions. My only real gripe is that they do the standard opposing opinion crap where they give some uneducated idiot a platform to spread stupid.