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I specialize in the areas of scientific materialism and consciousness described as a materialist epiphenomenon. Also can answer questions pertaining to general atheism, atheist-agnostic differences etc.

Experience in the area

I have been an atheist for over 36 yrs. and have written four books on the subject: 'The Atheist's Handbook to Modern Materialism'(2000), and 'Atheism" A Beginner's Handbook', 'Dialectical Atheism' (2011), 'Beyond Atheism, Beyond God' (2013)


Intertel, Mensa, American Mathematical Society, American Astronomical Society, American Geophysical Union


Atheist articles: 'The American Atheist' magazine, assorted U.S. newspapers (e.g. Baltimore Sun, Denver Post); papers-articles published in Intertel's Journal: Integra. Books: 'The Atheist's Handbook to Modern Materialism'(2000), 'Atheism: A Beginner's Handbook' (2007), 'Dialectical Atheism' (2011), 'Beyond Atheism, Beyond God' (2013)


Master of Philosophy in Physics. Also took more than 3 yrs. of theology and metaphysics courses at a Catholic University (1964-67) - before I became an atheist. Thus, I have much more religious familiarity & background than many atheists.

Awards and Honors

Writers' Digest Award for the essay 'The Atheist in America' (2000), Government of Barbados research in solar physics award (1980-84), AAS Solar Physics Award (1984)

Past/Present Clients

American Atheists, Barbados Philosophical Society, Harrison College- Barbados, Colorado Springs Freethinkers

What do you like about this subject?

Atheism-materialism is a useful subject to provide an antidote for so much of the religious nonsense that abounds today. The trick is to get people to listen, to read - or at least ask questions!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Develop a model of consciousness based on non-linear quantum mechanics.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There are many prominent atheists out there. People don't know about them, usually until they die. Such atheists have included: Katherine Hepburn, Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov. Einstein himself was an "agnostic atheist".

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

In a recent opinion poll, 52% of Americans said they would not vote for a "well-qualified" atheist, if one were to run for public office.

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Recent Answers from Philip A. Stahl

2016-09-19 slavery:

Just a word of note: If you wish me to continue answering your questions I will expect you to give ratings for my answers as per the ratings choices. Is that understood?    I think an excellent book for

2016-08-15 further on morals:

As I pointed out earlier, it is not specifically "morals" (which has too great a generality), but practical, utilitarian ethics.    I noted:    "We can determine a relatively objective ethics (morality

2016-07-28 Miracles - Followup:

Doesn't change the gist of the argument at all. One finding at Duke U. - no confirmation as yet, and admittedly "based on circumstantial evidence".  Besides, millions have to have this organ removed each

2016-07-25 regarding morals:

Hello,    Apart from the fact the hypothetical is totally absurd "if it can be proved" etc. it would still not meet the criteria I provided for an objective ethics. That is, it would destroy human community

2016-07-21 regarding morals:

Hello,    We could determine a relatively objective ethics (morality is much more general) by appeal to scientific materialist criteria. I set out many of these both in a book published in 2000 (Ch. 6


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