Richard C. Carrier's Blog, page 8

October 20, 2015

Cover image of Bo Bennett's new edition of Logically Fallacious.I’ll be teaching critical thinking skills online this November. With a new, easier, lowerpricedtextbook:Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies, the newAcademic Edition, by Bo Bennett of The Humanist Hour. Get your copy now! And register today! Class startsNovember 1.

Learn the basics you need in logic, cognitive science, and reasoning about probability, to be a better, sharper thinker, about everything that matters in your life.

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Published on October 20, 2015 08:18 • 7 views

October 18, 2015

Cover of Richard Carrier's book Proving History. Illuminated stained glass Jesus in darkened room as peered at through a cross cut-out in an iron cathedral door. Title and author name below.I will be speaking on Bayesian history and epistemology for Columbus Rationality and the Secular Student Alliance at OSU in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, November 16th, at 7:30pm in Lazenby Hall (room 021) on the OSU campus.Details here.

I Will duscussBayesian reasoning and its application and status in the field of historical research; and how the analysis of the methods actually used by historians today reveals it is all Bayesian, and can be improved and better understood by recognizing this....

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Published on October 18, 2015 12:18 • 14 views

October 16, 2015

Photo of Richard Carrier in white shirt, red and grey striped tie, and silver vest, speaking at the podium of Wonderfest.Last chance for fans &supporters! Want to secure a dinner conversation with me? Here’s how. Not only will I be at Skepticon this November 13th-15th (not to speak but just for fun!), but I’m helping Bo Bennett & Kile Jones launch their Secular Backstage service by offering up an opportunity to join me for dinner when I’m there!

We are auctioning the opportunity, minimum bid $100. Closes in two weeks or so, so spread the word, and let everyone know whom you think might be interested. Or put in...

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Published on October 16, 2015 15:39 • 17 views

October 8, 2015

Cover of Doctor Hector Avalos's book Bad Jesus: The Ethics of the New Testament, yellow background, with a frame including the key focus of a painting depicting Jesus whipping people in the temple square.Theology has no salvageable theory of morality. Theists complain atheists have no reason to be moral. But in fact theists have no reason to actually be moral, as in: to elevate compassion, honesty, and reasonableness above all authority, even the authority of their own gods. Unless they covertly adopt a naturalistic moral theory (and most do), they are not actually moral people. They are minions. Theists are essentially the unquestioning gestapo of whatever monster manufactured the universe....

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Published on October 08, 2015 21:58 • 26 views

October 3, 2015

Logo for Skepticon 8I’ll be attending Skepticon this November just as a regular Joe. But it’s a fantastic event that deserves your support. A thousand and more people benefit from getting to attend a free, well-run, kick-ass godless conference in the middle of the Bible Belt. There a number of different ways you can help. Some come with great perks! So click that link and see what you can do. And if you attend and can afford to pay any amount with your registration, throw some cash in when you register to go (an...

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Published on October 03, 2015 11:14 • 23 views

October 2, 2015

Clipped photo of an actual ancient Roman silver dinner cup depicting in elegantly realistic relief a well built man lifting a boy lover up and having anal sex with him in the air. The cup shows all genitalia and the whole act, but because the internet is a prude, I have cut the image off just above that part.My talk for PolyColumbus last month has now made it to YouTube! It is age restricted due to its sexual content. A transcript is underway. I will add a link for that to this post (and announce it in comments, so if you want, subscribe to comments below to be alerted when that happens). But you can read the bullets (not quite a transcript), and for those who want to study further, I have provided my bibliography. Note also that this event was co-sponsored by the Humanist Community of Central Oh...

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Published on October 02, 2015 11:09 • 13 views

October 1, 2015

Cover of Robert Spencer's book Did Mohammad Exist? with subtitle An Inquiry into Islam's Obscure Origins, black cover with antique looking painted flames in which resides an image of Mohammad, face erased. Yellow title. White subtitle and author credit. Also tagline for the author says New York Times bestselling author.I get asked this a lot. “Why not apply your methods and skills to the question of whether Muhammad actually existed or not?” My answer is always the same: I will not likely ever be able to do that, because it would require getting a whole second Ph.D. in Medieval Arabic Studies & Languages (and those languages include not just Medieval Arabic, but also Syriac at the very least). And I must emphasize, I would need not just a good command of the languages (as I do the Greek and Latin required f...

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Published on October 01, 2015 02:53 • 19 views

September 30, 2015

I will update this page as I find more. But over the past year I and readers have caught dozens of typos in On the Historicity of Jesus that slipped through even our excessive editorial process (a common experience I find). Some of these may require corrections to the indexes as well (e.g. the scripture index). Please email me any you have caught that aren’t already listed here. Sorted here by page and then paragraph and/or line number (or note number):

p. 4 (line 30):

The “conclude most are...
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September 29, 2015

Movie poster for the film Batman & Jesus. Says: King's Tower Productions and Mythicist Milwaukee present, a documentary film by Jozef K. Richards, tag line Man or Myth? Logos for Mythicist Milwaukee and King's Tower Productions, closing line Coming Soon, and the URLs mythicistmilwaukee.com and spadeheartclub.com, picture is a darkened cloudy sky with hint of sun in distance, behind a towering wooden cross with a shadowy splay of bat wings behind it.Mythicist Milwaukee & King’s Tower Productions are going to produce a well-researched film about the Jesus myth theory that deliberately eliminates the flaws of past films (like that awful Zeitgeist thing) and pays attention to the best scholarship on the issue, while also introducing a lot of entertaining features as well as educational ones.

They have a great plan. They have a great team. I and others will be vetting the end product. And now they have the funding! The working title is Batma...

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Published on September 29, 2015 14:35 • 17 views

Movie poster for the film Batman & Jesus. Says: King's Tower Productions and Mythicist Milwaukee present, a documentary film by Jozef K. Richards, tag line Man or Myth? Logos for Mythicist Milwaukee and King's Tower Productions, closing line Coming Soon, and the URLs mythicistmilwaukee.com and spadeheartclub.com, picture is a darkened cloudy sky with hint of sun in distance, behind a towering wooden cross with a shadowy splay of bat wings behind it.Mythicist Milwaukee & King’s Tower Productions are going to produce a well-researched film about the Jesus myth theory that deliberately eliminates the flaws of past films (like that awful Zeitgeist thing) and pays attention to the best scholarship on the issue, while also introducing a lot of entertaining features as well as educational ones.

They have a great plan. They have a great team. I and others will be vetting the end product. I highly recommend that you help them out by contributing...

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Published on September 29, 2015 14:35 • 15 views