Archive for the ‘Skepticism’ Category

Cynics Are Missing the Bitcoin Boat

Cynics Are Missing the Bitcoin BoatThe first Bitcoin crash happened in 2011. In this dramatic, optimistic surge, the cryptocurrency quickly rose to about $28 — and just as quickly fell to about $3. The gloomy naysayers, defeatists, and misanthropes came out of the woodwork — boldly asserting that cryptocurrencies were finished. And yet, through it all, Bitcoin has been remarkably resilient; for every “collapse,” it has rebounded vigorously — making new highs. Likewise, with each new surge, the pessimists have become ever more angry and critical. This despondent, dogmatic hatred is disappointing, because in reality, the cynics are missing the Bitcoin boat. Read On…

The Dangers of Militant Atheism

The Danger of Militant AtheismI am a loyal fan of Richard Dawkins. As a Darwinian evolutionary biologist, his ideas are foremost among contemporary scholars in the discipline. In his 1976 masterpiece The Selfish Gene, he coined the word meme — which he used to represent the evolutionary spread of ideas and knowledge. Since then, the concept of the meme has gained universal adoption as a construct in human language and thought. Dawkins’ contributions to the growth of knowledge are immeasurable.

Dawkins also describes himself as an atheist, and can often be found debating and discussing in the company of other superb theological critics like Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Dan Dennett, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a quick YouTube search show how viral Dawkins’s work has become). Yet as much as I admire Dr. Dawkins (and I have for over two decades), I am somewhat put off by his approach to the criticism of toxic religious ideas. To me, he squarely embodies the dangers of militant atheism. Read On…

Pseudoscience is Dangerous and Destructive

Pseudoscience is Dangerous and DestructiveThere is nothing more perilous to human progress and the growth of knowledge than spiritual, philosophical, or religious principles that are packaged up and presented as “fact” — under the guise of science. The practice is most terrifying because its presentation is so often seductive and subtle. But make no mistake about it: pseudoscience is dangerous and destructive. In fact, I wouldn’t hesitate to compare it with pestilence, poverty, and even war — when considering its pernicious consequences. Read On…