Issue 78: April/May 2010
by Tim Madigan
Stolen Descartes letter found • Philosophy football: the big match • Schrödinger’s strip • Shock finding: choice causes anxiety! — News reports by Sue Roberts
THE NEW ATHEISM
by Rev. Dylan Schrader
by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby
David Ramsay Steele surveys American Belief to explain New Atheism’s popularity.
by Rev. Bob Eckhard
by Fr. Andrew Pinsent
Jon Wainwright considers the resonance of a Victorian ‘ethics of belief’ debate.
Paul Cliteur asks: if an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in God, which God don’t they believe in?
Rev. Dr. John R. Mabry opposes the New Atheist caricature of religion.
A force for good? Fr. Thomas Crean says it depends whether a religion is true or not.
Victor Stenger answers the question.
Michael Antony argues that the New Atheists miss the mark.
Roger Caldwell is happy to introduce Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716).
William Byers, mathematician, and Michael Schleifer, moral theorist, use their judgement to calculate the improbability of a machine thinking like a human being.
Paul Matthews opens his philosophical bestiary.
Our thirty-second big boxed babel of brilliant bibliophilic brain battering by Deiradiotes.
Get The Drift • Tractatus Tunes • Determined To Be Free • Love and its Disappointments • Psychology, Science & Behaviour • Feyerabend and Nightmares • The Missing Month
Having returned from the turn of the Fourth Century B.C. to the turn of the Twenty-First A.D., Socrates eagerly signed on as a Philosophy Now columnist so that he could continue to carry out his divinely-inspired dialogic mission. Now, a decade later, he hears a distant summons…
by Joel Marks
Raymond Tallis on the true mystery of memory.
Scott O’Reilly loops the loop with Douglas Hofstadter.
Ernest Dempsey finds out the meaning of life from Terry Eagleton.
Tim Madigan has a New Atheist round-up.
Terri Murray responds to a shocking film in a shocking way, with the help of Lewis Rose.
Bruce Pennington tells us how Pythagoras became a has-bean, while another Bruce Pennington drew the portraits…
by Maggie Adams