Ghostless Machine

Overcoming polarization with philosophy

Hi, I’m Ariel Pontes and this is my blog, where I write about atheism, philosophy, science, and sociopolitical issues. I have an MA in analytic philosophy and I am active in several secular-humanist organizations in Brazil, Romania, and at the international level. Read more →

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Latest posts

Abortion is harmless

Abortion is harmless

Ariel PontesNovember 1, 20201 min read

Why the abortion debate shouldn’t be about rights

A sufficiently objective morality

A sufficiently objective morality

Ariel PontesSeptember 17, 20201 min read

Refuting moral relativism without metaphysics

Performative language

Performative language

Ariel PontesJuly 8, 20201 min read

How philosophy of language can help us communicate in a polarized society

Conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories

Ariel PontesMay 9, 20201 min read

Why coronavirus and vaccine conspiracies are implausible

On Jordan Peterson

On Jordan Peterson

Ariel PontesDecember 27, 20191 min read

A review of 12 Rules for Life and other content

What should we believe?

What should we believe?

Ariel PontesSeptember 29, 20191 min read

The importance of epistemic responsibility in the information age

Vegans and omnivores must join forces

Vegans and omnivores must join forces

Ariel PontesJune 15, 20191 min read

For the good of the animals and the planet

All animals have sex for pleasure

All animals have sex for pleasure

Ariel PontesNovember 22, 20181 min read

If you don’t understand this, you don’t understand evolution

No rent for Gypsies, Arabs or blacks in Bucharest

No rent for Gypsies, Arabs or blacks in Bucharest

Ariel PontesJune 15, 20181 min read

They are dirty and violent and the landlord doesn’t want any trouble