Slick’s TAG Totally Debunked.
0. Introduction. Matt Slick; evangelical Calvinist, radio presenter, apologist. He has made something of a name for himself by promoting a version of the ‘transcendental argument for the existence of God’. His version is one of the easiest to refute that I have come across. However, in all the debates and online discussions I’ve seen Slick engage in, and to be sure he engages in a lot, I have never seen anyone offer what I consider to be the correct refutation. So I will present it here.
His argument was given on his radio-show/podcast, on 17th December, 2015, in an episode entitled ‘A Proof of God’. In fact only the last 14 mins of the show are dedicated to this topic, when Slick is prompted by a caller – ‘Hollywood dude’. I will use that version as a foil. Here is the link it on his official ‘CARM’ podcast…
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High school Architecture
In the 1950s and 60s, the NSW state government had to meet a growing demand for higher education as a result of the post war baby boom and increased immigration to Australia. This increased population put pressure on the public education system, particularly secondary education, as did the introduction of the Wyndham Scheme in 1962.
The scheme was ‘based on the premise that secondary education was for all adolescents … [formalising] the gradual shift from a hierarchical system of secondary schools where students were streamed on the basis of sex, intelligence and performance to a system of comprehensive, co-educational high schools’ (Sydney and the Bush, p. 232).
Undated image showing a model of the doughnut schools designed by Michael Dysart, NSW Government Architect’s Branch (AIA NSW Dupain Collection, http://architectureau.com/articles/designing-australian-schools)
The Wyndham Scheme saw changes to the curriculum which had a more student-centred approach and the introduction of the School…
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Spot the pus
Jerry should be in the air right now, but he has several posts prepared for today.
We’ll check in with the Princess this morning, as it is the only way to start the weekend. Just a wee smidgen of hubris there.
Hili: I’m thinking about the essence of natural laws.
A: Have you reached any conclusions?
Hili: Yes, they are all laws that by right are mine.
Hili: Zastanawiam się nad istotą praw naturalnych.
Ja: Masz jakieś wnioski?
Hili: Tak, to są wszystkie te prawa, które moim zdaniem mnie przysługują.
The Godless Spellchecker is traveling too and sent Jerry this.
I’m currently in Rome taking in the sights. A few cats live in the Colosseum. Managed to snap one. Can you find it?
Answer by John Thimakis:
The adblocking revolution is months away (with iOS 9) – with trouble for advertisers, publishers and Google
Apple products. lol
Over-hyped and over priced
TL:DR: when Apple’s iOS 9 comes out in September, there’s going to be a dramatic uptake of ad blockers on iOS – and it’s going to have far-reaching effects not just on websites and advertisers, but potentially also on the balance in mobile platforms and even on Google’s revenues.
Now, the longer version.
In the old days, adverts appeared in print, on the radio and on the TV. Most ad-supported news organisations that have shifted to the internet began in print.
Ads in print were straightforward. Advertisers bought space, and editors could turn them down, or sometimes decide not to run them if a story broke that would bring about an awkward juxtaposition of, say, the advert for a shoe store on page 3 and the big breaking story now…
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