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It Even if the model gets rejected there are still the facts f Evolution They will always existHe does give the listener many interesting ways f thinking about science and religion and can convince any serious listener that the world can be explained with naturalistic means He makes many insightful points and almost every reader will profit from reading r listening to this book He defines a hard atheist as someone who doesn t believe in any f the currently known Gods Thus not necessarily rejecting all supernatural explanations I think that s a good way f framing the problem It s easy to reject all the currently known Gods but perhaps a good supernatural explanation will come along something coherent consistent and non contradictory and Les Manuscrits Arabes de Rabat (Classic Reprint) over will have an iotaf data r theory to support it The theory f atoms came before ever seeing ne but the coiner f the word uanta and real developer The Rage of Plum Blossoms of the second lawf thermodynamics Ludwig Boltzman was driven to suicide because his correct ideas were rejected by the establishment I m not willing to reject any reasonable theory about a God Eden: It's an Endless World, Volume 2 or a supernatural entity I just haven t come across a reasonable theory asf yetI liked the book and I can recommend it It s a good book for a religious person who is starting to uestion non naturalistic explanations The nly real problem is the author covers everything but he doesn t ever get to cover anything in depth and gives it the nuance that the topic reuires For example he does talk about the Historicity f the Resurrection and does a good job but Bart Ehrman s latest book covers it in much detail and gives the nuances that s reuired to understand the real issues Matter f fact if I were to recommend ne book to help someone deconvert from Christainity it would be to read Bart Ehrman s book How Jesus Became God it can pen nes eyes to what it means when someone says the bible says Or if someone s faith was tied up in the truth f The Theory f Evolution I would recommend Dennett s Darwin s Dangerous Idea it gives a complete story The Incomparable Christ: Our Master and Model on why Evolution Theory is correct and how to think about science I absolutely loved this book I came to it expecting to find an intelligent defensef a moral Guide To Investing in Gold Silver: Protect Your Financial Future outlook that didn t dependn a God and found instead a full fledged worldcosmic view that perfectly described my The Incomparable Hester Santlow own but so much completely than I have ever managed to communicate If I were to direct someone to a source from which they might gain a good understandingf my wn way f thinking ther than to my wn writings I would send them to this book which covers topics ranging from the meaning f words to the nature f reason to the nature Diaries of a College Girl of the universe how it came to be and why the theoryf a naturally The Wallace and Gromit A Close Shave Pop-Up Book occurring universe fits the evidence better than thatf Becoming The Bride: Gender Swap Erotica one created by a God to the uestionf Free will to the nature f the human mind the meaning f life and f course the rigins and nature f genuine morality plus ther topics you might not expect such as why we find some things beautiful and not Tiffany Girl others and a commentaryn politicsI enjoyed it all immensely Perhaps you will too The author did a very good job One Cause, Many Ailments: The Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is and How It May Be Affecting Your Health of building his case He used logic and reason to demonstratrate that metaphysical naturalism is thenly worldview that is supported by the evidence Carrier also made an honest effort to present a Christian refutation to his views and convincingly debunked dissenting points I didn t necessarily like that he focussed so much time Cutting Edge Marketing Analytics: Real World Cases and Data Sets for Hands On Learning (FT Press Analytics) on the writingsf JP Moreland but I would have to assume that he did so to give a consistent Christian perspective which was aimed at actively criticising his Paolo and Panetto own work There were certainly positions with which I would not be in full agreement with the author but I got the feeling that we could have a great time discussingur differences Vivien Leigh over a few beers All in all this book was well worth the considerable time it took me to read it Richard Carrier hasbviously done a lot By the Book of thinking about the Big uestions who are we why are we here what does it mean to love to be a good person to matter And by and large his answers are sound and well thoughtut especially in the realm The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order of morality and therigin f the universe His views n the scientific method art and politics I either uibbled with r utright disagreed with But he did get me to confess that yes I am an atheist And I care about what it means to be a good person anyway An excellent book The title misled me a bit I picked the book up thinking it would be f a crack at theistic ideas a smart version f something like The God Delusion but it s than that It s a case for Metaphysical Naturalism which is a convoluted title for something but basically just accepts that the natural world is all there is and it s f an explanation f an alternative worldview than an apologetics work It s a great worldview in a box as Luke Muehlhauser puts it if you re not sure what to believe philosophically any after figuring ut that Christianity doesn t match up very well with realitySome f my favorite uotes Philosophy is therefore no idle pastime but a serious business fundamental to The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel our lives It should beur first if not ur nly religion a religion wherein worship is replaced with curiosity devotion with diligence holiness with sincerity ritual with study and scripture with the whole world and the whole Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art of human learning So the predictions entailed by a proposition that are fulfilled the reasonable it is for us to believe it And vice versa the predictions a claim entails that actually fail to transpire when investigated the less reasonable it is for us to believe it All metaphysical naturalists believe that if anything exists inur universe it is a part f nature and has a natural cause r Anonymums origin and there is no needf any ther explanation Truth most commonly means correspondence with fact such that a statement is true if the experiences it predicts will actually be experienced under the implied conditions What is rational is reasonable certainty not absolute certainty Unless we still assert belief n pure faith alone However though belief n. Ons in lavish detail without complex jargon A complete worldview is presented and defended covering every subject from knowledge to art from metaphysics to morality from theology to politics Topics include free will.
Sense and Goodness Without God by Richard Carrier Sense and Goodness Without God A Defense f Metaphysical Naturalism is a great reference book about the metaphysical naturalist worldview It s a book the answers the big philosophical uestions about Practical Ventriloquism our world in a comprehensive and thorough fashion Mr Carrier tackles a very ambitious project he covers a lotf interesting issues with a luxury f details such as religion knowledge science art politics etcThe book has 444 pages and is composed f eight major chapters I Introduction II How We Know III What There Is IV What There Isn t V Natural Morality VI Natural Beauty VII Natural Politics and VIII Conclusion Positives 1 A well written accessible book for the masses f the most important philosophical uestions f the world Some concepts are still dense but the author does an excellent job On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals of clearly conveying his worldview 2 Very knowledgeable author who explains with a luxuryf details his naturalist worldview Each major chapter is broken Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) out into sub chapters At the endf each subchapter there is a bibliography Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of suggested reading material Excellent 3 Very thorough book Each topic is covered with great care andbviously well thought Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home out 4 The book is reference uality I will use this book for future reference Some very interesting concepts ideas and even methodology are explained in a clear logical manner 5 There is so much knowledge in this book I also enjoy how the author refutes criticsf his worldview JP Moreland is referenced uite a bit 6 One f the biggest strengths f this book is the sound logic backed by science 7 Thought provoking I enjoy books that make me think this book is brain candy 8 The concept f abstraction explained in plain English Many concepts as well Thank you 9 The concept r myth that is the soul is ne f my favorite topics and Mr Carrier shares much needed insight 10 Coherent thinking throughout 11 Well worth the investment Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of time needed to read from cover to cover 12 There is a lot to take from this book Many concepts and ideas are much clearer in my mind as a resultf this book Mr Carrier s ability to convey cogent thoughts in a precise manner had a lot to do with it 13 Very positive book Negatives 1 An investment Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of time is reuired to get through this book but ultimately is worth it 2 So much in this book some chapters are tedious and the author belabors some points 3 Ambition perhaps made this book bigger than it should have been 4 With so many diverse topics covered it s expected that some topics will bef much interest than Night's Pawn others 5 Some chartsr illustrations would have helped explain some concepts As an example a chart Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) of worldviews 6 Perhaps a little humor could have been used to break it up a little bit In summary I compare Sense and Goodness with the buildingf a solid house At first it takes a while to build up a sound foundation there is a lot f prep work and such but nce it is down the walls come up in a hurry That s exactly how this book flows Richard Carrier spends a lot f time going through the methodology f knowledge and establishes a good foundation The Secret Child of what is to come As a reader I was rewarded with an ambitious book that delivers the goods The philosophyf Secular Humanism is Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook one I endorse and live by and so it is always good to read a book that articulates my wayf thinking cogently The book deserves five stars for its depth and consistency This was a great book n Naturalism While there are a number f good books that cover the various subjects and disciplines that are addressed in this ne none f them knit everything together like Richard Carrier does There is a lot to get through and you will want to read it than nce After each section is a bibliography for further exploring the topic being discussed Excellent discussion f metaphysical naturalism It is unfortunately an Death by Inferior Design overly broad discussion with regards to specific applications I followed allf his logic and arguments until the very end when he gets into his personal political views Somehow there is a disconnect between the evidence he demands f religion and the evidence he demands for government policies He understands the misery brought n by all collective socialistic regimes except the modern liberal Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 ones He also describes all the programs he endorses as being good withoutffering any evidence to that respect I will however have to read the supporting material he lists at each chapter The first part f the book I would have given 4 stars the last section 1 There is no refutation for the standard proofs f supernatural r magical thinking mumbo jumbo that this book doesn t address Usually if you watch a debate n youtube for the proof A Philosophy of Cinematic Art of God and the person s specific religion all the arguments follow the same six forms design and teleological first cause moralityntological purpose The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of life and prooff the resurrection This book leaves no stone unturned and provides a scientific basis and explanation for all supernatural phenomena and the standard proofs White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs of magical thinking We never appeal to the supernatural anywhere else is life why make an exception for the unknownThe author is actually very gentle as he dismantles each argument The book is really encyclopedic in its presentation but he lets his arguments flow into the next such that the listener thinks he s listening tone thematically tied together story with an easy to understand narrative and not realizing the encyclopedic nature f the story He s not really an expert n most Scab of the topics he s discussing but he does a great job in explaining everything but sometimes he lacks depthScience is hard Religion is easy Science must always deal with doubt and probabilities Religion has no doubts Scientific Truth isnly a probability The best we can do is have a corresponding theory In a World Created by a Drunken God of truth and ifur theories correspond to reality we use them when they don t we modify Indo No Kao or get betternes He correctly points ut the facts f evolution existed before Darwin and the Theory Giant Peach Yodel of Evolution is the model that goes about explaining the data better than anyther model before. If God does not exist then what does Is there good and evil and should we care How do we know what's true anyway And can we make any sense Sinai and Zion of this universer ur wn lives Sense and Goodness answers all these uesti.
Faith alone may be comforting it is wholly arbitrary and thus does nothing to ensure that you are correct than anyone else So it cannot properly be described as knowledge but rather as a mere wish a desire that something be true r false r else it is a naive trust in guesswork r hearsay And for us the sages have said it for millennia it really is love that is key love f learning love Iniquity of doing lovef thers love f ideals love f country r cause anything everything is the foundation Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) of meaning If we lacked that we would certainly be miserable andur lives pointless even if we lived forever It is absolutely crucial to have a sound and successful philosophy Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook of life and yet almost none studies philosophy It is rarely taught in public schools in fact it is barely even taught in universities unless a student specializes in the field The books available in stores r libraries are ften dry and almost as Livin' de Life often polluted by unsound thinkingr The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter obscured behind high brow jargon and symbolsr divorced from any relevance to everyday life Rarely are complete and understandable philosophies Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of life available by the book clearly written to be studied compared selected Of course so few people even bother to look Religion does not benefit by teaching its pupils to investigatether philosophies nor does religion prosper by giving people the tools to think but Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind only by giving them the tools to believe And that reuires suppressing freethought After all if everyone found and embraced reasons to be good and enjoy life without the religious superstitions claimed to be necessary religion would becomebsolete a fate I imagine that believers and their churches cannot emotionally The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta or economically affordMetaphysical Naturalism is thenly worldview that is supported by all the evidence f all the sciences the nly ne consistent with all human experience the established truths f history and reason itself No ther worldview including theism generally r Evangelical Christianity in particular is supported by any evidence f any f the sciences The content in this book will reuire much writing and discussion I was already a metaphysical naturalist upon reading this book and already very familiar with Carrier and his thought The first 80% Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of the book is wonderfully argued and arranged Ethics are not my focus in philosophy for me it s epistemology aesthetics and politics so his discussions there are a littlever my head but I believe I understood them I have some studying to do Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars on the subject but I must admit that what Carrier presents in those chapters is strongly convincing The chaptern aesthetics is mostly well argued and accurate even as he takes shots at Picasso and abstract art that I think are unfounded simply because he doesn t have an appreciation for them Yet he himself describes beauty as relying in part upon many things that make Picasso and The Witches Ball others appealing to many people He argues that if intelligent aliens came to visit us he would hope that we would show them DiVinci and not Picasso but this is a false dichotomy I would hope we would show them the best examplesf every form so they could see what really makes us not just lovers f classical art tick The chapter n politics falls apart Take the first few weeks f any intro to poly sci class and also imagine this class is taught by a dedicated populist who seems to believe that the truth lies at the midpoint between to pposing parties and you can probably guess at the content f this chapter Carrier divies up points between conservative and liberal his definitions there need refinement like he s splitting up candy between two bratty and whiny children This isn t really helpful For example should we teach creationism half f the time in public school science classes Certainly Carrier doesn t think so but as a philosopher Carrier is well versed in science and epistemology and so he in that context knows that this kind The Deadline of moderation is simply not constructive It is usually the case thatne side f a conflict is correct ften much correct than the Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling other Conservatism like itr not is in every society the name given to the group Ready to Restore of people who defend and support the property rightsf the upper class all the way to the point f feudalism which was nce a liberal cause in relation to the conservatives at that time monarchs So these political terms are relative and it does not help to assign platforms and virtues to relative political stances that change drastically Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel over time Thenly common denominator between the two is the class struggle Liberals are always for the spreading around Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) of power in society conservative are always for keeping it in the handsf a privileged few There is no Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History other common thread So Carrier misses the mark here and unfortunately for me this made his book 4 stars insteadf 5 And that s a shame because I really want to give it 5 What i m wondering is what Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio on earth does Carrier Populism 101 have to do with Metaphysical Naturalism Nothing I understand it s a partf a philosophical worldview but we all must choose ur specialties and should be humble when we wander away from them see my discussion f ethics above I should also say that Carrier is ne f my favorite intellectuals n the internet and I follow him uite regularly But history is really his strong suit and I must say i m most impressed when he is writing n the subject Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation of ancient history and religion I feel like I should praise this book but i m sure he ll live without my back patting I d rather give it 35 starsI skipped a bit and wish I skipped The text reads like a textbookThe best part in the entire book is the forward by the authorThis book attempts to be an all inclusive readn every aspect The Occult Detector (The Semi Dual Stories Book 1) of living a secular humanistic life giving you the answer to every uestion which may be asked This leads a very long drawnut book His Defense f a Metaphysical Naturalism defends all things defendableHis material is good He also does a great job f very accurately responding to uestions However I think it would best used a reference guide rather than a sit down read cover to cove. The nature Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West of the universe the meaningf life and much arguing from scientific evidence that there is Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off only a physical natural world without godsr spirits but that we can still live a life f love meaning and joy.
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