"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." -- Bertrand Russell

Monday, January 9, 2012

Interest in the Beliefs of Others

I have written before about personal offence and whether one should ever criticise the beliefs of others. However, I have seen discussion lately -- mainly on Reddit -- about whether or not atheists should care about what theists believe. One can generally ask -- why should anyone ever care about the beliefs of others?

There are a variety of reasons that people should care about the beliefs of others.

Correction on "Helping Theist Arguments" (from 1/3/12)

User efrique on r/atheism has informed me that I made a conceptual error in my article "Helping Theist Arguments". With his permission, I include his comments here without alteration (other than editing out comments not related to his correction, which can be found here.) It's slightly embarrassing for me that I made this conceptual error, given the number of courses I've had on statistics and my background in statistical physics. It's slightly encouraging that efrique ensures me that this is a common mistake, repeated in a number of textbooks.