Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Andalucia - Veleta cycle



Rode up to Veleta today - highest [correction, second highest] peak in the Sierra Nevada. First picture is villages of Bubion and Campiera on the right hand hill side with Veleta (sharpest point on skyline, with tiny patch of snow) behind.

Then two photos of high up.

It's a fabulous place. 5hr return ride climbing from 1800 to 3396 metres, which is, er, 1596 metres or 5226 feet of climbing.... gosh that's why my bum hurts.

In the last photo you can see the trail I rode up on disappearing on right of image on hillside in far background.

...get back to philosophy shortly.

3 comments:

Andrew Louis said...

Stephen,
I wonder if you could address something. Below is an argument that I've seen used quite frequently by the Christian right. I find it to be nonsense and have my opinion on it, but I'm curious of your opinion regarding it. In other words, what is fundamentaly wrong with it and why? Finaly, what is a counter proposition.

http://www.proofthatgodexists.org/

nigel said...

I am so jealous! riding in Andalucia......
Why would you want to come back to philosophy?

Stephen Law said...

Dear Andrew

Checked out the "proof". So, if you believe in objective laws of logic and maths and science and moral truths (that are immaterial, by which author means not made out of material stuff), you must believe in God because, er, they couldn't exist if God did not.

Clearly, the author really thinks he's got a "proof". But it is shot full of holes.

First, where's the argument that objective laws of logic, etc. require the existence of God? There isn't one. Just the assertion that they do. Yet amazingly, this is offered as the "proof". The author's chutzpah is kind of breath-taking. Only a religious zealot would dare offer this as a "proof" with a straight face.

But note that, even if the laws of logic DID require the existence of some sort of deity to underpine them, we could still ask, why *this* particular God - the Judeo-Christian God? Particularly as there's overwhelming evidence that there is no such being (see my "God of Eth").