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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National Day

National Day

Ariel PontesDecember 15, 20141 min read

On the first day of this month, Romanians celebrated their “National Day”, the day Transylvania united with the rest of the country. According to the state-owned national channel TVR1, it…

Atheism is becoming politically incorrect and we have to stop it

Atheism is becoming politically incorrect and we have to stop it

Ariel PontesNovember 9, 20141 min read

The atheist movement has seen a somewhat recent boom. Some say it was triggered by the 9/11 attacks and call it the “New Atheism” movement. There are many great things…

Intellectuality in Brazil

Intellectuality in Brazil

Ariel PontesJune 25, 20141 min read

Intellectual. Is this a positive or a negative attribute? Asked in such a direct manner, I thought it would be difficult to ever get a negative answer. But surprisingly, most…

Proud of being a straight, white man

Proud of being a straight, white man

Ariel PontesSeptember 18, 20131 min read

Many people complain that black people can talk about “black pride” but that white people can’t. That a band called “Black City” is cool but one named “White City” with…

Reason, emotion and motivation

Reason, emotion and motivation

Ariel PontesDecember 15, 20071 min read

Imagine you’re in a restaurant, reading the menu and trying to decide what you’re gonna eat when magically, all of a sudden, you loose all your emotions and become a…

Determinism and free will

Determinism and free will

Ariel PontesDecember 12, 20071 min read

John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994), also known as “the killer clown”, was an American serial killer sentenced and executed for the rape and murder of 33 boys and young…

Moralism and Religious Intolerance

Moralism and Religious Intolerance

Ariel PontesDecember 7, 20071 min read

Atheists are often accused of arrogance and prejudice against religions. Sentences like “Each to their own”, “What is the problem with believing in God?”, “Religion is personal” are always used…

Why Ghostless Machine?

Why Ghostless Machine?

Ariel PontesDecember 5, 20071 min read

Many people wonder where the name of the blog comes from. The terms “ghost” and “machine” were taken from a metaphor that Descartes used to symbolize the dualism (body/ “soul”) which he…