State of Surveillance

State of Surveillance

In George Orwell’s 1984 the state had something like a TV in every room that was two way. There could be someone watching or listening to you at any time, and therefore you could not assume that it was safe to talk about any critical views of the state without...

Islam and Humanism

Thanks to all who posted on ‘Islam and Rationalism’. Here are some thoughts on Islam and Humanism. I see Humanism as being more concerned with the ethics of human coexistence and Rationalism being more concerned with the development of accurate understanding. An...
A Way Out of Moral Relativism

A Way Out of Moral Relativism

Moral Relativism refers to the idea that all cultures and societies have their own moral system and that there is no objective way to determine a moral system. The charge of moral relativism is often made against atheists by theists when they claim that their...
Six Questions

Six Questions

What brought the laws of nature into existence? Nobody knows. We don’t even know if the question itself has any meaning, as time itself is product of the universe, and so the whole concept of ‘bringing’ may not hold meaning outside the framework of a...
Is it 1984?

Is it 1984?

In 1984 society was an Oligarchy where the leaders at the top, the Inner Party, had a huge percentage of the wealth while the Proles, the lower 80% of people, had little or no wealth or political power. Anyone familiar with the levels of wealth inequality in the...

Response to Oh, you’re an atheist?

This is a response to Zachary Ardem’s article titled “Oh, you’re an atheist?’ which is a fictional discussion between a theist and a atheist in 2065. Auckland, Easter Sunday 2065AD – a fanciful conversation. Two men chat awkwardly on the city’s...