Archive for April, 2013

Anti-Atheism Is Like Deja Vu All Over Again

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 16, 2013 by sometimesafoggynotion

Attacks against atheism are on the rise for some reason this year. So far, Nathan Lean, Peter Hitchens (Christopher’s younger and lesser brother), and (disappointingly) biologist Frans de Waal all have recent articles or books attacking atheism (or “New Atheism” because not believing in deities is so different now from the good old days. I mean there’s definitely less burning of atheists at the stake now, so I’ll give them that).

I guess the question I have is “why now?” Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” was released in 2006, Sam Harris’ “The End of Faith” in 2004 and his “Letter to a Christian Nation” in 2006, and the late Christopher Hitchens’ book “God Is Not Great” was released in 2007. So we are over half-a-decade removed from these major “New Atheism” books and the atheist books written since then (such as Greta Christina’s excellent book “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?”) are not entering the zeitgeist as publically, so why so much of a counterattack now? (I have no answers, just asking).

Of course, all of these new attacks are the same logically flawed attacks of old, with the same false claims that have been debunked again and again. (Why are the anti-atheists so strident and so militant in their attacks against atheists? BTW, before anyone takes this part seriously, I’m just making fun of the attacks here.)

Anyway, instead of pointing out the logically fallacies and other flaws in the common anti-atheist attacks, I’ll just post this link to the Rational Wiki, which has a well-written entry on the flaws in the common anti-atheist arguments and misconceptions:

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Atheism#Misconceptions_about_atheists

This says everything about why the attacks are flawed. But it doesn’t say why they are attacking now. That I’m still wondering about.

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What’s In a Name?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 14, 2013 by sometimesafoggynotion

I named this blog “Sometimes a Foggy Notion” as a kind of a word play on the title of Ken Kesey’s novel “Sometimes a Great Notion” and the Velvet Underground’s song “Foggy Notion” because sometimes I just get a foggy notion to say something.

So now that that’s explained, this is a good time for listening to a “Foggy Notion” by the Velvet Underground:

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sktG9fmMUq4 )

To Blog Or Not To Blog, That Is The Question

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2013 by sometimesafoggynotion

Now that this is set up, I’ll need to think about what to say.