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A Three-Question Quiz To Test Your Rationality

rationality-kahneman-quiz[1]Kahneman himself found that he would commit the same errors over and over again even after conducting studies in which he researched how people commit particular mistakes of logical reasoning.

How Well Can You Tell Reality from B.S.?

This short test will help you discover if you’ve fallen victim to some of the most common misconceptions. We’ll present 30 common beliefs, of which half are true and half are false. [QUIZ]

The Question of Free Will Is a Gateway to Philosophy & Social Justice

SHFW[1]I think these are really good reasons to remind people again to take my course, if exploring these things with an experienced expert interests you. You’ll also need to have or get a copy of Sam Harris’s Free Will. The course officially starts this Saturday.

The Most and Least Racially Diverse U.S. Religious Groups

The nation’s population is growing more racially and ethnically diverse – and so are many of its religious groups, both at the congregational level and among broader Christian traditions.

The Cowboy, the Lesbian, and the Humanist

f048a0e77b9c735a2b907a16e7eb3c2d[1]The right concept can connect a person to a group, project or cause larger than himself — and thereby afford him (or her) a sense of purpose, belonging, and identity.

Will I Go to Hell for Learning Science?

Public school teachers must make their goal to teach students to know and understand evolutionary theory. If they choose not to believe it, that is their fundamental right.

The Day the Sun Stood Still: Interpreting the Miracle of Joshua 10

John Martin (British, 1789 - 1854 ), Joshua Commanding the Sun to Stand Still upon Gibeon, 1816, oil on canvas, Paul Mellon Fund

Joshua 10 has one of the most remarkable miracle stories in the whole of the Old Testament  outside the opening chapters of Genesis.

Creationist Wisdom #599: The Theocrat

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name.

Texas Businesses Think They’re Infuriating Atheists By Copying Town’s ‘Jesus’ Sign — But They’re Not

jesus_sign-800x430[1]“Jesus represents billions of people, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that sign, said Mayor Will Rogers. “I don’t think it goes against our constitution.”

Is Evolution a Religion?

You have all seen examples of the creationist claim that atheism (which to them includes evolution) is a religion. We’ve written about it a few times.

Catholic Church Denies That Preventing Transgender Man From Being A Godparent Is ‘Discrimination’

GRA325. CÁDIZ, 27/07/2015.- Alex Salinas, un transexual de veintiún años, al que el obispado de Cádiz y Ceuta impidió ser el padrino de bautizo de su sobrino, durante las declaraciones que ha realizado a Efe. La Iglesia justifica en que, por su condición, no cumple con el requisito de llevar

Alex Salinas is 21 years old. He was assigned female at birth, but is now living as his authentic self as a man. He is a “firm believer” and wants to be a godparent at his nephew’s baptism.

LGBT Activists Send Message to Pope Francis; So Does The New York Times

When dealing with a Catholic controversy, journalists would write a sentence that went something like this: “A spokesperson for the archbishop said he could not comment at this time.”

Corn Flakes Were Created to Prevent Masturbation

310653_5_[1]John Harvey Kellogg did not like sex. A Seventh-day Adventist since he was twelve years old, his distaste for procreation went far beyond even his religion’s conservative stance.

Clues to How Homo sapiens Conquered Earth Emerge from Digs in South Africa

Archaeological sites along the southern coast are yielding fresh insights into an enduring mystery of human evolution.

Charlie Hebdo Editor Says the Paper is Done with Prophet Muhammad Cartoons

AAd7PdL-700x466[1]“We have drawn Muhammad to defend the principle that one can draw whatever one wants,” said Laurent Sourisseau, in an interview this week with Stern, a German magazine.

Mosques and Massacres: Western Leaders Need to Start Paying Attention

Of course, the leader of a 98 percent Muslim country can’t be expected to understand Islam nearly as well as the leaders of Britain and Australia.

Fox News Host Endorses Separation of Church and State… Wait, What?

The government shouldn’t be in the position of promoting religion, even if the phrase is relatively innocuous at this point.

In Shocking Testimony, Jehovah’s Witnesses Reveal They Feel No Need to Protect a Child From a Pedophile

No calls to the police, no warnings to parents. Nothing to protect more children from being raped and abused. Nothing.

Seth Andrews: Openly Secular

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