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1. How do critics who conflate physicalism with eliminative materialism mis-portray atheists?
2. Why isn't atheism parasitic on religion?
3. Does Baggini agree that absence of evidence is never evidence of absence?
4. What did David Hume point out about our tendencies of belief?
5. Give an example of an abductive argument supporting atheism.
6. Why isn't atheism a faith position?
- Were you raised by "Bible thumpers," indoctrinated mildly or rigorously, given compelling reasons to believe the claims of a particular faith tradition, etc.? How do you compare your religious experience with Baggini's?
- Do you have any "dark preconceptions" about atheists or theists that you're willing to put aside, in our class? Are you willing to try the Rawlsian "Veil of Ignorance" thought experiment, and pretend you don't yet know if you're a theist or an atheist? Are you willing to follow Spinoza's example in trying to understand other points of view rather than dismiss or ridicule them?
- What's your view of eliminative materialism? Can something be real but not strictly physical or "stuff"-like - love, for ex.?
- Are you annoyed by "Honk if you love Jesus" stickers?
- Can you give an example of evidence for naturalism that is NOT at the same time evidence for atheism?
- Are people at funerals who say "he/she is in a better place" being gullible? What better word(s) would you suggest?
- Do you agree that Plato (for ex.) is guilty of perpetuating a "collective myth" about knowledge and certainty? (24)
- Do you agree that to explain something is inherently to naturalize it?
- Comment: "Belief in life after death is contrary to the wealth of evidence we have that people are mortal animals." (32)
- Comment: "Our fear of hell should be pretty small." (34)
- If you're not 100% certain that atheism is true, should you be an agnostic?