Last week’s document offering, Reductionism and Emergent Phenomena, was rather dense and highly specific. This is probably not surprising given that I was deliberately trying to start the blog off with a topic where I felt I had something meaningful to add to ongoing discussions about atheism. I have updated that document in a couple of ways to try to make it more accessible:
- At the prompting of the reader Tweedledum, I generated a 100-word summary of the argument, and then added that to the top of the document as a “short version.” You can think of it like an abstract or an executive summary.
- I realized that the various arguments, reductionism, the argument from design, and emergent phenomena, would be clearer if I put together some cartoons illustrating them. I have done so and have added them to the document. I’m quite pleased with the cartoons!
This week’s offering, Atheism vs. Agnosticism, should be much more accessible. It is quite important to make sure that when discussing complex issues, everyone understands what the others mean by the words they are using, and since this blog is about atheism, it’s probably a good idea for me to make clear early what exactly I mean when I use the term.
Without announcing them, I also have a couple of other documents that are up (I published them before opening up the blog), so I should probably point you in their direction:
- About: This is a general “about this blog” page, which contains a lot of information from my original post, so you probably don’t need to read that one if you read the blog entry.
- Why did I decide to call myself an atheist: This is a brief story about when, how, and why I started to call myself an atheist.
I had said that I was going start this blog by trying to add (or majorly revise) one document per week. My first document came out on Tuesday. I’m anticipating keeping to the schedule of a new document on or before each Tuesday. Clearly Atheism vs. Agnosticism is significantly before, so you shouldn’t expect the next new topic to be posted until June 24.
Finally, I’ve had several blog posts unrelated to new documents. Feel free to explore!