The Eclectic Quill

Website of Joshua McGee

Politics & Thought

These links have been moved from my Best of the Web page, due to the fact that they reflect my personal opinions rather than a semi-objective survey of web sites.

  • Atheism Web: An Introduction To Atheism: A well-structured dialectic supporting Atheism as a tenable position. The entry titled “OK, so if I define what I mean by ‘God’, and then logically prove he exists, will that be enough for you?” is justified rather poorly, in my opinion, but the rest is generally good, especially their brief summation of my views, frequently referred to as “weak atheism”

    It is important […] to note the difference between the strong and weak atheist positions. “Weak atheism” is simple scepticism; disbelief in the existence of God. “Strong atheism” is an explicitly held belief that God does not exist. […] There is a qualitative difference in the “strong” and “weak” positions; it’s not just a matter of degree.

    This page also contains links to several worthwhile threads.

  • CSICOP: Homepage of the “Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal”. It is no accident that their acronym is pronounced “sci-cop”; they serve as a watchdog group for pseudoscientific and paranormal claims. Their fellows list reads like a “Who’s Who” of late-twentieth-century western rational discourse: Crick, Dawkins, Gardner, Gell-Man, Gould, Hofstadter, Minsky, Paulos, Quine, et al. They publish the bimonthly journal Skeptical Inquirer, to which I subscribe.
  • Environment Guide to the World Trade Organization: To help understand why “free trade” is not necessarily a positive thing.
  • Green Party of the United States: My political affiliation. The Green Party presents a sane, conscientious alternative to the status quo. Their views on True Cost Pricing, sustainability, and nonviolence especially deserve attention
  • The National Security Archive: A liberal, non-governmental, non-profit library and research institute of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Funding is through publication revenues and philanthropists such as NPR usual suspects the Carnegie Corporation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
  • Project Censored: A 25-year-old project to document “The News that Didn’t Make The News”. Their agenda is just as biased as those of the mainstream news sources, but at least they are different biases, bringing to light issues that one may not encounter in mass media. Exercise extreme caution, however; use their stories as pointers so that, if at all possible, you can examine the primary sources yourself. A skeptical mindset is extremely useful here, just as it is when dealing with other media.

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