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August 31, 2014

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3:03 AM | Sad news – Victor Stenger has died
I was sad to read that Victor Stenger died during the week at the age of 79. Victor was a prolific author, writing on science, religion and philosophy. He often dealt with difficult issues coming out of the religion-science debates … Continue reading →
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3:03 AM | Sad news – Victor Stenger has died
I was sad to read that Victor Stenger died during the week at the age of 79. Victor was a prolific author, writing on science, religion and philosophy. He often dealt with difficult issues coming out of the religion-science debates … Continue reading →

August 30, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Governments Fail Children, Diplomatic Immunity, and Evil 3G
Categories: Feminism Quickies ReligionIRELAND (From Ciarán) A suicidal refugee teen, in care of the state and pregnant from a rape, was forced to give birth even though she was entitled to have the ...(Read more...)

August 29, 2014

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4:45 PM | Should Scientific Progress Affect Religious Beliefs?
Sure it should. Here’s a new video from Closer to Truth, in which I’m chatting briefly with Robert Lawrence Kuhn about the question. “New” in the sense that it was just put on YouTube, although we taped it back in … Continue reading →

August 28, 2014

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5:51 PM | Virginia town divided over magical beliefs
One town in Virginia had a ban on fortune tellers and tarot card readers. Noticing that the rest of the country has plenty of psychic-based businesses around, the council decided to revisit the law. A good idea, for all the wrong reasons. Front Royal town council repeals decades-old law that banned ‘magic arts’. In Front… Source: Doubtful News
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3:32 PM | Thank God for Ebola!
Categories: ReligionThe current outbreak of ebola has been in the news for awhile now, and for good reason: it’s already killed more than 1,200 people in Western Africa, and it infected ...(Read more...)

August 24, 2014

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: PUAs, Genetic Medicine, and 23andMe
Categories: Meta StuffTags: 23andMedisabilityEscepticafeminismFergusongenetic medicineGodel's ontological proofgrounded parentsinflamatory bowel diseasephysicspickup artistpolicePUAsracismReligionScienceSkeptabilityskepticismTeen Skepchickwhite privilegeTeen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 111: The Legend of Kundt’s Tube Mindy applies nodes and anti-notes to longitudinal waves. The Not So Beautiful Game Step 3: In Which Our ...(Read more...)

August 23, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Ebola, Satan and Strange Protocols
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismBELGIUM The Chief of Protocol for the city of Brussels has been arrested for taking off the full-face veil of a Qatari princess after she asked him for directions. She ...(Read more...)

August 22, 2014

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3:00 PM | Christian Attempts to Outlaw Boobies in Ohio
Categories: ReligionSupport more videos like this on Patreon! Keep the Thor in Thursday tee available here (don’t forget to take 50% off with the code “hellyeah50″ for a limited time!)! Transcript: ...(Read more...)

August 20, 2014

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12:03 PM | Islamists have brain leeches!
Susan Blackmore always lectures entertainingly — really, if you get a chance to hear her, you should — so I can guess how surprised she was when students claimed offense and walked out on her talk. They were religiously indoctrinated, and simply shut down their brains when the word “evolution” came up, and when she…

August 17, 2014

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10:50 PM | The Mind of the Science Denier
Over recent months I have been following, and learning more about, the issues of fluoridation and the Ukrainian civil war. One is a scientific issue (at least in most of the debate), the other political. Yet in the social media … Continue reading →
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10:50 PM | The Mind of the Science Denier
Over recent months I have been following, and learning more about, the issues of fluoridation and the Ukrainian civil war. One is a scientific issue (at least in most of the debate), the other political. Yet in the social media … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: How Not to React to a Suicide, Lunar Influence, Male Circumcision, Safe Sex, and the Politics of the Emergency Room
Categories: Meta StuffTags: artback-to-schoolbook reviewscollegedoctor-patient relationshipEscepticafood allergiesgrounded parentsHIVhospitalsLGBTMad Art Labmale circumcisionMaria AgnesimathParentingphysicspseudoscienceQueerekaquillingReligionRobin Williamssafe sexschool of doubtSciencesex educationsexismSkeptabilitysuicideteachingTeen Skepchickthe moonSunday Funny: The Science Channel (via SMBC) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 110: Ring My Decibel Mindy is all about wave intensity. 5 […]

August 16, 2014

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12:32 AM | Did You Know… Muhammad Wrote A Letter Guaranteeing the Protection of Christians?
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, lived from 570-632 AD. Muslims believe that he is the final prophet of the monotheistic Abrahamic tradition, which includes Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. So although it may come as a shock to many, it’s really not that surprising that Muhammad frequently visited the Christian monks of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai in the Sinai peninsula […]

August 15, 2014

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5:19 PM | The Extremism that Thwarts Peace and Promotes War
In 2012, science writer John Horgan published a book called The End of War. Its premise is that we have it in ourselves to tame our violent impulses, at least enough to stop waging large-scale, collective war. At first blush, this notion seems as quixotic and naive as a famous John Lennon and Yoko Ono […]The post The Extremism that Thwarts Peace and Promotes War appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.

August 14, 2014

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1:24 PM | Chinese cult Church of the Almighty God claims millions of members
A Chinese cult is known for not only taking away family members but for being anti-government and invoking murder under the belief that people can be demons. BBC News – The Chinese cult that kills ‘demons’. In late May a group belonging to a banned cult beat a woman to death in a fast food… Source: Doubtful News
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7:02 AM | Advice About Therapy, Religion, And You
People of faith tend to have better therapy outcomes than people who don't. What should you do if your religion is important in your life and you are in therapy?

August 11, 2014

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5:20 PM | "Atheist TV adheres to nasty stereotypes about atheism—smugness, gleeful disregard for others' belie
"Atheist TV adheres to nasty stereotypes about atheism—smugness, gleeful disregard for others' beliefs—to a degree that's close to unwatchable," writes Daniel D'Addario in Salon. The network could learn a lot from Cosmos, which "inspired awe by presenting something in which to believe—the majesty of the universe."Read more...

August 08, 2014

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7:00 PM | The Weirdest Stories Where God Is An Actual Character
Plenty of science fiction and fantasy stories have angels and demons wandering around. Or minor deities, like Glory in Buffy. But a few stories dare to introduce THE God. The Judeo-Christian Supreme Being. Here are the absolute wildest stories where God makes an appearance.Read more...

August 07, 2014

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8:40 PM | The Lambs Still Scream…
…for the performance artist formerly known as Ann Coulter [via TPM]: In the column, titled “Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded To ‘Idiotic,’” Coulter called Dr. Kent Brantly’s humanitarian work in Liberia nothing more than the efforts of an ego-driven Christian and “the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.” …Coulter then said Brantly left the country to […]
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8:40 PM | On Richard Dawkins Being a Liability to Atheism
Categories: ReligionTags: atheismRichard DawkinsJournalist, Kimberly Winston, who often writes about atheism at the Religious News Service has an article out today about Richard Dawkins and his recent “comparison of rape” comments as well as his sorta-not-kinda-maybe apology-comment or statement about civility. The article is called, “Richard Dawkins: Atheism’s asset or liability?” and it is making the rounds in the news. I was quoted in it along with some other […]
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9:30 AM | Wealth and religiosity disagree while some Hindus look the other way
My extended family’s annual trip to Tirupati is coming up. Because a more indecisive bunch doth not exist, my relatives have been planning the trip for the last week. One creepy fact their discussions threw up is that, in 2013, … Continue reading →

August 06, 2014

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8:12 PM | Six Things My Abusive Ex-Boyfriend Did To Me That God Didn’t Do
Categories: Feminism Religion(Trigger warning: abuse, rape) Earlier today, I was notified that The Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, is launching a Kickstarter for a book called God Is An Abusive Boyfriend (And You Should Break Up). If it isn’t obvious from the title, the book is about making specious comparisons between domestic violence and religion. As someone who was raised strict Catholic and has had abusive partners in the past, I’d like to list six things my […]

August 05, 2014

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5:36 PM | Dr. Aasim Padela on the link between Muslim faith and cervical cancer screening
Aasim Padela talks about a new study on the impact religious beliefs and values may have on adherence to recommended cancer screenings.

August 04, 2014

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8:58 PM | Being Alone Together
Why are humans so reluctant to communicate in public? Yes, we're all social creatures with friends and family that we interact with on a daily basis, but what happens when you're surrounded by strangers? Every day, we find ourselves in...            Related StoriesDoes Walking Speed Predict Dementia?Can Better Health Care Prevent Dementia?Is There a Link between Dual Trauma and Domestic Violence? 
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4:00 PM | A Father's Struggle To Make A Game After Cancer Killed His Son
"Jesus, I can't even watch this," the man sitting next to me whispered, fidgeting in his seat. The screen in front of us played a home video of an infant child named Joel Green, gurgling happily as he played with a bunch of golden retriever puppies.Read more...
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7:00 AM | Quoth Michael Minkoff, let’s not keep healthcare safe and secular!
I’ve been a bit of a bad, bad boy. Well, not exactly. Rather, I’ve just been a bit lazy and/or forgetful. I know, I know. How can the ultimate Tarial cell-fueled supercomputer in the neat, compact form of a Plexiglass-encased cube of multicolored blinking lights be lazy or forgetful? Maybe “lazy and forgetful” are the…

August 03, 2014

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Pick-Up Artists, Bad Costuming, Spanking, “Health Food,” and a Tobacco Tax…for kids!
Categories: Meta StuffTags: atheismbrain mythsbusiness model of educationcomputer programmingcostumesDBTDEAR MANeducationeducation fundingEscepticafatherhoodfoodGambitgrounded parentshealth foodJunior RangersLeta HollingworthMad Art Labmedicinemolecular gastronomyNational ParksParentingpick-up artistsPUAReligionschool of doubtSkeptabilityspankingteachingTeen Skepchickthe gameSunday Funny: Confirmation bias is for everyone. (via Wondermark; HT: Sociological Images) Teen Skepchick The Not So […]
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