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Philip A. Stahl wrote at 2013-10-17 16:39:54
Just read the Daily Mail account of the baby surviving 11 days in Haiti, after the quake. However, it still doesn't alter my contention that supra-physical factors were not at work. It was one odd case out of perhaps tens of millions, but not physically infeasible. Air pockets available, who knows? Interesting, and clearly unusual but emphatically not supernatural. I would not nominate the kid for 'sainthood'!



Again, the onus is on the supernaturalist or miracle believer to substantiate HIS or HER claim the event is unique or violates physical laws, not me - since I adhere to the Hume test: we accept the improbable ordinary explanation first and foremost.  


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Philip A. Stahl

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I specialize in the areas of scientific materialism and consciousness described as a materialist epiphenomenon. Also can answer questions pertaining to general atheism, atheist-agnostic differences etc.

Experience

I have been an atheist for over 36 yrs. and have written four books on the subject: 'The Atheist's Handbook to Modern Materialism'(2000), and 'Atheism" A Beginner's Handbook', 'Dialectical Atheism' (2011), 'Beyond Atheism, Beyond God' (2013)

Organizations
Intertel, Mensa, American Mathematical Society, American Astronomical Society, American Geophysical Union

Publications
Atheist articles: 'The American Atheist' magazine, assorted U.S. newspapers (e.g. Baltimore Sun, Denver Post); papers-articles published in Intertel's Journal: Integra. Books: 'The Atheist's Handbook to Modern Materialism'(2000), 'Atheism: A Beginner's Handbook' (2007), 'Dialectical Atheism' (2011), 'Beyond Atheism, Beyond God' (2013)

Education/Credentials
Master of Philosophy in Physics. Also took more than 3 yrs. of theology and metaphysics courses at a Catholic University (1964-67) - before I became an atheist. Thus, I have much more religious familiarity & background than many atheists.

Awards and Honors
Writers' Digest Award for the essay 'The Atheist in America' (2000), Government of Barbados research in solar physics award (1980-84), AAS Solar Physics Award (1984)

Past/Present Clients
American Atheists, Barbados Philosophical Society, Harrison College- Barbados, Colorado Springs Freethinkers

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