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Daniel Dennett's Science of the Soul

Long write-up in The New Yorker

Dennett does not believe that we are “mere things.” He thinks that we have souls, but he is certain that those souls can be explained by science.

Philosophy Of Mind

Two Kinds of Mind: Dennett and Scruton

Nicely balanced review of Dennett and Scruton’s latest books. We need both approaches. See article in Standpoint.

Philosophy Of Mind

There's Something About Mary

Galen Strawson revisits Frank Jackson’s thought experiment in a final draft made available here. For those not familiar with this thought experiment, Galen sets it up quickly and clearly. 81 more words

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Everyone Worships

Wherever the people do not believe
in something beyond the world,
they will worship the world.
–G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton

The Unshakable Longing

We are not merely a lost generation . . . Our predicament is much deeper and of much longer duration. Centuries of skepticism, doubt, and contempt have taken their toll. 141 more words


Choose Your Strangeness

It’s true: The Christmas story is humanly strange. A young Palestinian virgin miraculously conceives a boy-child whose Father is God, the Creator of the universe. This boy-child is born in ironic ignominy, yet heralded by a miracle star and angelic hosts, greeted by shepherds and Persian astrologers, and hunted by a homicidally paranoid king. 384 more words


Deep Down the Rabbit Hole

Atheists are prepared
to burrow very deep down
the materialist rabbit hole
in order to avoid any
possible confrontation 
with the spiritual.
—Rabbi Moshe Averick