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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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

Faith and superstition are not harmless

Faith and superstition are not harmless

Ariel PontesJune 21, 20171 min read

Critics of faith and superstition are often accused of intolerance and radicalism. But should we really be tolerant of everything? Are faith and superstition really harmless as some like to…

Can minorities be racist?

Can minorities be racist?

Ariel PontesJanuary 15, 20171 min read

On one end of the spectrum, PC leftists say there’s no such thing as reverse racism because minorities can’t be racist. At all. Ever. On the other extreme, alt-righters say racism…

Is religion compatible with LGBT+ rights?

Is religion compatible with LGBT+ rights?

Ariel PontesDecember 3, 20161 min read

In the age of social media, it’s easy to get stuck in an echo chamber and never get out of your comfort zone. This is a big problem because it…

Why I’m not a theist

Why I’m not a theist

Ariel PontesNovember 2, 20161 min read

As far into my childhood as I can remember, I believed in a god. It was a personal god, who answered to prayers, cared for mankind, etc. As I grew…

The burkini ban and the dangers of political polarization

The burkini ban and the dangers of political polarization

Ariel PontesSeptember 26, 20161 min read

As everybody knows, last month France started enforcing an extremely controversial ban against the so called “burkini”. The ban was eventually overturned, but the debate is still very much alive.…

Six facts free speech fundamentalists love to ignore

Six facts free speech fundamentalists love to ignore

Ariel PontesJuly 10, 20161 min read

Freedom. An apparently simple concept that you’d think people understand pretty well, after all it’s a fundamental human right. But no. It’s probably the concept people abuse and misuse the…

7 Fallacies That Undermine Antifeminism

7 Fallacies That Undermine Antifeminism

Ariel PontesMarch 22, 20161 min read

As a feminist I am often confronted, especially online, by self-declared antifeminists who passionately denounce the ideology resorting to all manner of creative accusations. But is there any basis for so vehemently attacking feminism? With…