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January 29, 2015

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10:41 PM | Index of articles by guest author, Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss
Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, CA), is a frequent contributor to this blog, providing in-depth, and intellectually stimulating, articles about vaccines (generally, but sometimes moving to other areas of medicine) and social policy and the law. Her articles usually unwind the complexities of legal issues with […]Continue reading «Index of articles by guest author, Professor […]
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6:14 PM | Fanáticos y doctrinas – Bunge
Solo los fanáticos odian a las personas tanto como a las doctrinas. -Mario Bunge Posts Relacionados: Religión, opio del pueblo – Karl Marx Infalibilidad de la fe – Nietzsche Verdad e inteligencia viva – Saramago

January 27, 2015

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4:00 PM | Which Religions Are Prepared to Accept Life in Space?
Assuming we don't blow ourselves up before then, colonizing other planets may be the last hope for the survival of humanity. Most of the preparation for this cosmic expansion has centered around solving the more immediate, physical problems of transporting our bodies into deep space, but what about our culture? Therein lies an issue that's often overlooked: Can the major monotheistic religions of the world reconcile what space means for our immortal souls?Read more...

January 26, 2015

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8:32 AM | Tim Minchin – The Good Book (unofficial)
If you’ve not yeen seen this yet, it’s marvelous!
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8:30 AM | An aboriginal girl dies of leukemia: Parental “rights” versus the right of a child to medical care
One topic that keeps recurring and obligating me to write about it consists of critically analyzing stories of children with cancer whose parents, either on their own or at the behest of their child, stop or refuse chemotherapy or other treatment. It is, sadly, a topic that I’ve been discussing for nearly a decade now, […]

January 25, 2015

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4:00 AM | Sunday reading – Richard Dawkins reads some of his “fan mail”
This is a more recent version of Richard Dawkins reading some of his “fan mail.” Don’t remember much of the first batch he read – but get the impression the language skills of fundamentalists has become even poorer in the intervening … Continue reading →
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4:00 AM | Sunday reading – Richard Dawkins reads some of his “fan mail”
This is a more recent version of Richard Dawkins reading some of his “fan mail.” Don’t remember much of the first batch he read – but get the impression the language skills of fundamentalists has become even poorer in the intervening … Continue reading →

January 24, 2015

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4:00 PM | Global Quickies: Discrimination in Soccer, Doctor Performs Exorcism, and Gay Rights
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismUK “A Christian GP took a mentally ill patient to his church to perform an exorcism, and told her she would be cursed if she reported him, a medical tribunal ...(Read more...)
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1:21 PM | Tired of Living?
A few years ago at the fish counter at a grocery store in Delaware, I stood next to an elderly woman who surveyed the fish with irritation, muttering to herself. Finally she couldn't take it anymore. "But I've already TASTED all of these," she wailed—a poignant complaint coming from somewhere deep inside a woman who knew the pain of having lived too long.
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1:21 PM | What Do You Regret?
Regret is a bitter emotion, so painful that the urge to avoid it often drives decision-making strategies. Regret avoidance can be a reason to forestall any kind of commitment—to a job, a girlfriend, a religion, a place to live—out of fear that you’ll want to revisit one of those options the instant it disappears.
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1:20 PM | "Nothing Holy About Agony"
Maybe it's because, at the age of 82, he is thinking more personally about what it means to have a good death. But for whatever reason, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote an article this past weekend in favor of assisted dying, a reversal in his previous position that will no doubt have an impact far beyond his native South Africa.
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10:40 AM | Are You an Animal Person? It Could Be In Your Genes
A new study of Vietnam Era veterans suggests why some people and not others love animals.
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10:40 AM | Do Pets Go To Heaven?
What happens to animals when they die? We recently asked people which species they thought went to Heaven. The results were surprising....
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10:40 AM | Five Questions That Reveal How Much You Care About Animals
Psychologists are turning to short scales to assess our attitudes and personality. We have developed several brief instruments to measure beliefs about the use of other species. You can take the 5-item Animal Attitude Scale here.
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10:40 AM | 84% of Vegetarians and Vegans Return to Meat. Why?
I was shocked when my long-time vegetarian daughter asked me for suggestions about what types of meat she might enjoy. I should not have been surprised. According to new research, the vast majority of vegetarians and even vegans eventually return to meat-eating. Here are the implications for the animal rights movement.
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10:40 AM | Traps and Pitfalls of All Is In The Mind
What are the dangers of being enamored by a philosophy that happiness-is-entirely-in-the-mind? Can it lead to passivity? Can it lead to apathy towards those who are unhappy and suffering due to their circumstances? This is a response to Raj's post that believed these threats to be not real.
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10:40 AM | Creativity and Intelligence: a Tripartite Structure?
Creativity and Intelligence have traditionally been conflated; here I break them into their constituents and argue that there is a dynamic tension between the creative process and the intellect.

January 23, 2015

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10:11 PM | Our Childhood Beliefs about Afterlife Stay with Us Through Adulthood
Do you remember your favorite superhero as a child? How about angels and demons? Do you have the same beliefs now? A study done on college students says that the resounding answer to that last question is yes! Why is it we stick to the opinions formed as a child? … READ MORE

January 22, 2015

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12:00 AM | KPFK Feminist Magazine Radio Show
Categories: Feminism ReligionTags: KPFK feminist radioYesterday, I was invited to participate in a radio show on KPFK in Los Angeles. The show is a one hour talk show run by a coalition of (brilliant) feminist ...(Read more...)

January 21, 2015

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4:45 PM | Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel
A text that may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist is set to be published.
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4:45 PM | Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel
A text that may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist is set to be published.

January 20, 2015

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8:46 PM | When Facts Threaten Our Beliefs, We Resort To Bullshit Rationalizations
Facts are great, except when they undermine our worldview. As a new study shows, when confronted with factual challenges, we often retreat by presenting weak explanations that are difficult — if not impossible — to disprove. More proof that you just can't win .Read more...
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12:43 PM | Why People Believed Boy's 'Visit to Heaven' Story
A boy who wrote a best-selling book about visiting heaven has admitted the story is false. Here's why it was widely believed.
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10:08 AM | When our beliefs are threatened by facts, we turn to unfalsifiable justifications
On being told physics could underminereligious claims, believers said faithwas more about living a moral lifeIt's great to have facts on your side. The fundamentalist is delighted by the archaeological find that tallies with scripture, just as the atheist seizes on the evidence that contradicts it. But when the evidence goes against us, we're less likely to change a belief than to criticise the validity or provenance of the evidence. Now, research suggests that the mere prospect of a […]
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8:27 AM | A tale of two unnecessarily doomed aboriginal girls with leukemia
I’m depressed and angry as I write this. The reason for this is simple. I hate it when cancer quacks claim the lives of patients with cancer, particularly patients who were eminently treatable for cure. It’s happened again, and it makes me sad. Florida cancer quack Brian Clement has claimed the life of Makayla Sault,…
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1:27 AM | Respect vs. Acknowledgement according to Patton Oswalt
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January 17, 2015

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5:34 PM | Charlie Hebdo, Religious Rules, and Racism
I will assume you are paying some attention to the discussion of racism vis-a-vis Charlie Hebdo, Muslim bashing, obnoxious religious (in this case Islamic) rules of behavior, freedom of speech and expression, etc. If you were thinking that this situation is simple you better check your thought process, or your privilege, or something. Get an…
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4:35 PM | Global Quickies: Free Speech, Witchdoctors, and Nepalese Women Conquering Summits
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismSAUDI ARABIA The second round of lashes for Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger convicted of blasphemy, has been postponed on medical grounds. Also, authorities publicly beheaded a woman in the ...(Read more...)

January 16, 2015

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10:12 PM | Storm Warnings for Pope’s Planned Climate Stop in the Philippines
Pope Francis is using his Philippines visit to kick off a yearlong push for global action on global warming.
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2:37 PM | “I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention”
No one I know would be at all surprised about this revelation that a boy’s story (urged on by his father at least) that he died and went to Heaven before coming back was manufactured. Supernatural-based stories across the board are more fiction than fact. Boy Says He Didn’t Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Pastor Paul says Satan has manifested his presence in this video You don’t need religion to believe in life after death […]
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