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Austin Cline

Philosopher

Austin Cline is a Regional Director for the Council for Secular Humanism and a former Publicity Coordinator for the Campus Freethought Alliance. He received his M.A. from Princeton University.
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Austin Cline's Opinions

Agree
...beliefs themselves do not merit automatic respect and deference. Humans certainly deserve some basic level of respect..., but beliefs aren't people. We should be polite and respectful towards the person, but we are justified in being harsh and critical of a person's claims. However much a person might take such criticism personally, we must separate ourselves from our beliefs. An attack on one shouldn't be treated as an attack on the other. ...a belief or idea [must earn] respect.
11 Dec 2007    Source


Disagree
It's not that [theists are] lacking in labels and characteristics to attribute to their gods, it's just that so many of these characteristics contradict each other. To put it simply, not all of these characteristics can be true because one cancels out the other out or a combination of two (or more) leads to a logically impossible situation. When this happens, the definition is no longer coherent or understandable.
01 Jan 2008    Source


Disagree
Because time is an aspect of the universe, it‘s hard to see how it can be said to have a “beginning” in the way the word is normally used. The concept of a “beginning” normally assumes a “time before” at which the object did not exist — but there was no “time before” the universe. Without a time before, the notion of "cause" no longer applies.
01 Jan 2008    Source


Disagree
In astrology, however, claims are often framed in an unusually negative manner. The aim of experiments is not to find data which a theory can explain; instead, the aim of experiments is to find data which cannot be explained. The conclusion is then drawn that, in the absence of any scientific explanation, the results must be attributed to something supernatural or spiritual.
01 Jan 2008    Source


Agree
A popular objection to atheists' arguments and critiques of theism is to insist that one's preferred god cannot be disproven — indeed, that science itself is unable to prove that God does not exist. This position depends upon a mistaken understanding of the nature of science and how science operates. In a very real and important sense, it is possible to say that, scientifically, God does not exist — just as science is able to discount the existence of a myriad of other alleged beings.
20 Dec 2009    Source


Disagree
Parapsychology probably doesn’t have to do any harm, but in the end that’s exactly what it appears to do anyway. Parapsychology makes claims about the nature of reality and because of that, it matters a great deal whether any of it is true or not. We need to know what is real and what is not because, in the long run, that’s the best way for us to avoid harm and live better lives.
01 Jan 2009    Source


Comparisons with Other Experts and Influencers

The similarity between Austin Cline and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on Austin Cline's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Agree
Paul Z. Myers
Biology Professor
100% agreement / 4 opinions

Ayn Rand
Philosopher, Novelist
100% agreement / 4 opinions

Richard Dawkins
Evolutionary Biologist, Writer, Atheism Activist
100% agreement / 3 opinions

Bertrand Russell
Iconic Philosopher of 20th Century
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Eliezer Yudkowsky
Artificial Intelligence Researcher
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Jerry Coyne
Professor of Biology
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
Robert Todd Carroll
Philosophy Professor
66% agreement / 3 opinions

Edward Witten
Physicist who pioneered M-Theory
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Susan Blackmore
Psychology Lecturer, Former Parapsychologist
75% agreement / 1 opinions

In-Between
James Randi
Magician, Illusionist, Writer, Skeptic
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Steven Novella
Neurologist
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Henry Louis Mencken
Journalist
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Disagree
Disagree
John Clayton
Christian Teacher
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Kenneth Miller
Biology Professor, Christian
0% agreement / 2 opinions

The Catholic Church
Largest Christian Church
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Massimo Pigliucci
Philosopher
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Deepak Chopra
Inventor of Quantum Healing
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Andrew Sullivan
Journalist, Author
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Conforming Opinions

Austin Cline's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers Austin Cline typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Disagree Does God exist?
High Agree Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
High Disagree Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
High Disagree Must God exist to explain how the universe began?
High Disagree Are psychic powers real?

Nonconforming Opinions

Austin Cline's nonconforming opinions are opinions that contradict the group of experts and influencers Austin Cline typically agrees with.

Coverage Group Answer Expert Answer Question
Low Mostly Agree Agree Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?

Projected Opinions

Austin Cline's projected opinions are opinions Austin Cline is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Neutral Is free will an illusion?
High Agree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
High Disagree Do we have an immaterial soul?
High Mostly Agree Is morality objective?
High Disagree Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?
Medium Mostly Agree Would the world be better off without the Catholic Church?
Medium Agree Is self-deception a fault?
Medium Disagree Is truth relative?
Medium Neutral Is "ought" derived from "is"?
Medium Disagree Is God just?
Medium Disagree Is the unconscious philosophical zombie possible?
Medium Disagree Are our enemies innately evil?
Medium Mostly Agree Can we handle the truth?
Medium Agree Can reductionist methods help explain consciousness?
Low Disagree Does homeopathy work?
Low Disagree Is censorship acceptable?
Low Neutral Is free trade generally beneficial for a country?
Low Disagree Is the theory of evolution falsified by fossil evidence?
Low Neutral Is capitalism good?
Low Disagree Is there life after death?
Low Agree Is the world explainable without God?
Low Disagree Do miracles happen?
Low Disagree Does evolution violate the second law of thermodynamics?
Low Agree Is the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics correct?
Low Agree Should marijuana be legal?
Low Agree Should women have the right to vote?
Low Disagree Did the US Government play a part in the 9/11 attacks?
Low Disagree Does everything happen for a reason?
Low Agree Should abortion be legal?