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Advanced Reading Exercise, Week #2.

The answers from last week’s advanced reading quiz are: 1) A ship and 2) A raven/crow. (They look alike therefore we’ll allow either, since the reading exercise was a visual description.) Congrats to everyone who attempted the exercise, it was a tricky one to start with! This week’s exercises read: I’m the lifeblood of all, fluid and frigid. The power I grasp can slaughter the safety of a tiny construction, uplift and dissolve it, tout de suite. My depravity however, ends there for my powers […]

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How toxic is cancel culture?

We have all, at some point, said someone was cancelled. Whether that be Jeffree Star, Liam Neeson, Harvey Weinstein, or Donald Trump. From our peers, through to celebrities, all the way up to politicians. And some of them even rightly so. But how problematic is “cancel culture” exactly? Well, let’s consider where majority of the things people get “cancelled” for come from. For the vast majority of our problematic favourites, it wasn’t something said recently and publicly, but rather a statement from years ago dug […]

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The Cosmological Argument, pt2.

Before we start, this is a long one so grab a snack and something to drink for this one. Infinite Regress is the idea that the chain of causation which has sprung our universe into existence goes back for infinity, without the necessity for a maker. This is very convenient, due to the fact that infinity as we know it is very hard to grasp and visualise, therefore the never-ending chain of events would never need to be sprung into motion, for it permanently is […]

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The Cosmological Argument, pt1.

The cosmological argument dates all the way back to the Aristotelian branch of philosophy, postulated by the truly transcendent philosophy OG, our main man, Aristotle. Cosmology is a region of study regarding the birth of the universe- modern cosmology is centred around the idea of the big bang, however in the days of Aristotle, St Thomas Aquinas (we’ll get to Aquinas later) it was centred around the possibility of a maker. For Aristotle, the idea that something simply is was unacceptable and unsatisfying therefore there […]

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A brain in a vat is worth two brains in a bush.

The Brains in Vats theory, some of you may be familiar with through incredible cinematic works, such as the Matrix franchise, or even Inception. The brain in a vat theory outlines the idea that reality as we know it is uncertain. Rooted in the famous Descartes quote “I think therefore I am”, the theory presents a stream of consciousness, or thought, as the proof for identity and therefore existence, however, this is easily disproved due to the fact that if everything as we know it […]

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Infinite Monkey Theorem.

Before we get into the meaty part of this theorem, it’s important that you as an audience imagine the exact things being described, because not only is it mind-blowing, but also hilarious. The infinite monkey theorem was first jotted down by the French genius Emile Borel, but it may date back decades before Borel. It outlines the idea that, if given an infinite amount of time, a monkey* with a typewriter would have the ability to write out the entirety of the Shakespearean works, by […]

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Paley’s Watchmaker

Ahhh…the watchmaker. The theologians’ favourite analogy due to it’s absolutely brutal duality. This argument divides the room like no other and here is how: Postulated by William Paley, with contributions from names such as Joseph Butler, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and even the messiah of modern atheism, Richard Dawkins, it outlines the idea that the very intricate design of a watch, (read- “universe”) implies that it must absolutely have a maker, or creator. Or HIM. The big guy upstairs. It is a teleological argument, which means it […]

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God of the gaps.

The concept of the god of the gaps theory is really quite simple, but a vital argument in theology. It outlines the fact that God may be a man-made creation, used to describe things humanity doesn’t understand yet- the gaps in our knowledge. This argument has been pretty significant in the formation of atheism as we know it, due to the fact that it is fairly simple and easy to follow, and most importantly, logically consistent. Throughout the centuries, people assigned many acts to God, […]

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Nihilo Ex Nihilo…

  …Or nothing comes from nothing. Otherwise known as the concept of “creatio ex nihilo” is an ancient argument which can be used both to support the requirement for a higher being, or argue against it. This is what makes the argument so brilliant, and universally applicable. Many theologians (people who study religion) have been able to successfully argue that almost all of the Abrahamic religions we know of today, attempt to teach Creatio Ex Nihilo, which is exactly what ancient Greek creation mythology was […]

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Drugs, alcohol and all the other forbidden fruit.

Consumption of all the fun little intoxicants tempts many. Many actually venture to do it, without knowing the risks of consumption. Alcohol, consumed in excess, has been proven to cause damage to the tissues in the brain, in fully formed adults. Pubescent, young people are still growing and developing, which means your brains are not quite fully formed yet, therefore any consumption of alcohol could be considered excessive. Alcohol therefore, can cause damage to young brains. So it doesn’t matter how tempting it is to […]

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