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March 31, 2015

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10:18 PM | New Video! Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill & the Horror of Sin Cakes
Categories: ReligionSupport more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: Indiana has passed a “religious freedom” bill that will allow businesses to discriminate against customers if they say it’s their deeply ...(Read more...)
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12:00 PM | Spanish Priest Arrested in Bizarre Exorcism Case
A judge in the northern Spanish town of Burgos has ordered the arrest of exorcist Jesus Hernandez Sahagun and a local priest following complaints relating to a series of exorcisms conducted on an underage girl suffering from anorexia. Sahagun, who...            Related StoriesThe Five Ws of BullyingSleepwalking Defense Leads to Acquittal in Child Murder CaseThe Two Messiahs (Part Two of Two) 

March 28, 2015

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Attacks on Innocent Women, Giving Mom’s Their Names Back, Unchecked Privilege, and Elves
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies ReligionAFGHANISTAN The woman who was brutally killed by a mob last week after being falsely accused of burning pages of the Koran is said to have been arguing with a ...(Read more...)

March 26, 2015

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4:17 PM | Life in the trenches - teaching biology to non-majors
For nearly 2 decades TPP taught biology to non-majors or freshman majors (but the class was still half non-majors) in large lecture sections, and he was very good at it. Although the upper mid-west is above the Bible belt, evolution was still a controversial subject for many students. Some students were adamantly opposed to evolution and all for religious reasons, some had never been taught evolution and were curious about why it was an issue, probably because high school teachers simply […]
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11:00 AM | Minute By Minute | Kings of Leon’s ‘Talihina Sky’ is a Confused, Shoddy Mess
In Minute By Minute, we analyse long form music films and documentaries, pausing the chosen subject as each minute unfolds in a bid to make sense of it all. In this edition, we turn our attention to good ol’ boys Kings of Leon and their Talihina Sky… Long Story Short: “The story of Kings of [...] The post Minute By Minute | Kings of Leon’s ‘Talihina Sky’ is a Confused, Shoddy Mess appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:51 AM | Seeker Daily: The Dalai Lama 's Struggle to Keep China at Bay
Tibet's current Dalai Lama, now 80 years old, has announced he may not reincarnate, which would halt a 700-year-old religious practice. It may be his only option for saving Buddhism from Chinese government interference.

March 25, 2015

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2:53 PM | Islamic veiling (hijab) and attractiveness. Jan 2014
Do Muslim men find women more attractive when they wear a hijab, burqa, or none of the above? How does sexuality influence our preferences for tall or short partners? And what are the best things to look for in a partner if you’re planning to take them home to meet the parents?Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.Pazhoohi and Hosseinchari reported this month that men find women who wear a full veil (chador) are less attractive than women who wear […]
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3:21 AM | American Atheists President Dave Silverman: Humanists and Skeptics Are “Lying”
Categories: Activism ReligionThis evening, CNN aired an hour-long documentary entitled, “Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers.” Heavy on names like Dave Silverman and Richard Dawkins, but light on diversity, the documentary largely seemed to ...(Read more...)
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12:22 AM | FIFA President: FIFA Is More Influential Than Every Country and Religion In the World
For the past 17 years, Sepp Blatter has been the president of FIFA, the international governing body for the sport of soccer. Blatter, who turned 79 earlier this month, has no intentions of giving up that highly-coveted position. Over the past few weeks, the Swiss native has been doing the rounds on various media outlets to support his bid for a fifth term as president (the vote is in May). Part of that media tour was an interview with Swiss newspaper Sonntags-Zeitung. […]

March 24, 2015

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8:30 PM | 'Face of Jesus' Appears After Colombian Rockslide
An anthropomorphic scar appeared on a hillside that some are saying is a religious miracle.
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7:00 AM | Scientology’s War on Medicine
Note: The film Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief will be available on HBO starting March 29th. I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently it profiles former members who reveal details that have elicited a very angry response from the Church of Scientology. I thought I would use the occasion to reprint a […]

March 23, 2015

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12:50 PM | No, Lawrence Solomon, UNICEF and WHO are not trying to sterilize women with tetanus vaccines!
There are some antivaccine lies that just never die. Well, actually, most of them are very much like Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger in that, just when you think you’ve killed them at the end of the latest confrontation, they always come back. Always. As an example of this, let’s go back four…

March 21, 2015

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Whooping Cough, Breastfeeding, and Don Quixote
Categories: Feminism Quickies ReligionAUSTRALIA A 4-week-old baby died of whooping cough. The family hopes this will raise awareness on the importance of getting vaccinated. CANADA The TV show Marketplace gets a fake natural ...(Read more...)

March 20, 2015

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8:00 PM | Moses in U.S. History
For hundreds of years, Old Testament prophets have been absent from American history narratives. That might seem entirely appropriate to, say, historians, but it was apparently somewhat annoying to religious conservatives. Well, no more. The strange and very conservative board that approves instruction materials in the state of Texas has long dominated the textbook market across the United States. Because the Texas State Board of Education gets to approve state textbooks, and because Texas is […]
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3:17 PM | Guest Post: Don Page on God and Cosmology
Don Page is one of the world’s leading experts on theoretical gravitational physics and cosmology, as well as a previous guest-blogger around these parts. (There are more world experts in theoretical physics than there are people who have guest-blogged for … Continue reading →

March 19, 2015

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2:00 PM | Rare Old Testament Reunited with 'Twin' in Israel
A rare, 338-year-old copy of the Old Testament has been reunited with its twin, a copy of the same edition that was printed in Frankfurt, Germany, in the 1600s.

March 16, 2015

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9:06 PM | Secular community groups are just as effective as religious ones in stimulating concern for others
Researchers around the world have found that subliminal reminders of religion can have some fairly profound effects (for example, encouraging honesty, obedience, revenge and staying power – and, as we saw in the previous post – even risk taking). But is this specifically about religion? Perhaps being reminded about god makes people virtuous – but [Read More...]

Thomson, N. (2015). Priming social affiliation promotes morality – Regardless of religion, Personality and Individual Differences, 75 195-200. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.11.022

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9:06 PM | Secular community groups are just as effective as religious ones in stimulating concern for others
Researchers around the world have found that subliminal reminders of religion can have some fairly profound effects (for example, encouraging honesty, obedience, revenge and staying power – and, as we saw in the previous post – even risk taking). But is this specifically about religion? Perhaps being reminded about god makes people virtuous – but [Read More...]

Thomson, N. (2015). Priming social affiliation promotes morality – Regardless of religion, Personality and Individual Differences, 75 195-200. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.11.022

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March 15, 2015

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4:44 PM | Encouragement of belief in demon possession costs pastor his life
This is the second case of murder related to mental illness and a deliverance ministry in Germantown Maryland. Recall that in January, 2014, two children were stabbed to death by self-proclaimed “demon assassins”. Demon-possessed man kills Md. pastor during spiritual cleansing, police say | WJLA.com. A man who said he heard voices and kills demons… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Germantown exorcism murder suspects to go to trial this summer Catholic Church embraces […]
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12:00 PM | The Two Messiahs (Part Two of Two)
Continued from Part One With their belief in Dora's messianic message still somewhat unshaken, the Perfectionists announced that George Jacob Schweinfurth would be Dora's successor and that they could see her spirit guiding their affairs. Since the large house now...            Related StoriesBearing the Wounds of Christ"Kissing Selfies" Lead to Anti-Gay Crackdown in RussiaFalling Out of Love 

March 14, 2015

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Antivaxxer Has to Pay, Armored Protest, and Forced Reincarnations
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismGERMANY “A German biologist who offered €100,000 (£71,350; $106,300) to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus has been ordered by a court to pay up.” INDIA “Indian ...(Read more...)

March 13, 2015

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11:30 AM | A naturopathic “apostate” confirms that naturopathy is a pseudoscientific belief system
Naturopathy is 80% quackery, 19% science-based modalities like diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes rebranded and infused with woo, and maybe 1% valid medicine. Yes, I know I’m probably being generous given that naturopathy is based on a vitalistic, prescientific worldview and originated in the 19th century German “natural living” movement, but I’m in a generous…

March 11, 2015

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6:23 PM | 5 Documentaries That Will Change the Way You Look at Science
These 5 documentaries may just change the way you look at science and weird phenomena. 1. Where science and Buddhism meet The first documentary, Where science and Buddhism meet, explores the similarities between quantum physics and Buddhism. Accused of trying to obscure the line between science and religion, this documentary focuses on … READ MORE
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1:30 PM | Mysterious Jade May Have Been Offering to Gods
A mysterious corncob-shaped artifact has been discovered underwater at the site of Arroyo Pesquero in Veracruz, Mexico.

March 09, 2015

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6:15 PM | Court decides parent’s refusal to vaccinate is not “free exercise of religion”
Updated 9 March 2015 The US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has ruled (pdf)  that a parent’s refusal to vaccinate her children against diseases is not a “free exercise” of religion, and is tantamount to neglect. In April 2010,  the Tuscarawas County (Ohio) Jobs and Family Services (TCJFS) took custody of the children of … Continue reading Court decides parent’s refusal to vaccinate is not “free exercise of religion” […]
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4:04 PM | From Child Preacher to Adult Humanist
One of the best experiences I had at last year’s Freedom From Religion Foundation convention was listening to this wonderful talk by Anthony Pinn. (Talk begins at 5:40.) Pinn, growing up outside Buffalo NY, became a preacher in his local … Continue reading →

March 08, 2015

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! No Place to Pee, Being a Working Parent, and Biphobia
Categories: Meta StuffTags: biphobiaconceptual understandingeducationEscepticagender neutral bathroomsgrounded parentsMad Art LabpodcastQueerekaReligionschool of doubtsex educationSTIsswagworking dadsSunday Funny: We all have superpowers. (via Lunarbaboon) Mad Art Lab Mad Art Cast Quickie Listen to the Labbers discuss the #SciArt hashtag. LAWAAG, ATHEIST and Mad Art Cast Swag! ...(Read more...)

March 07, 2015

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8:59 PM | Thinking about God causes people to take bigger risks… wait, what???
A team from Stanford University Graduate School of Business has just published a nice series of studies showing that priming people with the idea of god can increase their appetite for risk. Over at the Friendly Atheist, Rachel Ford did a good write up, leading with the headline conclusion that thinking about god actually causes [Read More...]

Noussair, C., Trautmann, S., van de Kuilen, G. & Vellekoop, N. (2013). Risk aversion and religion, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 47 (2) 165-183. DOI: 10.1007/s11166-013-9174-8

Hamerman, E. & Morewedge, C. (2015). Reliance on Luck: Identifying Which Achievement Goals Elicit Superstitious Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41 (3) 323-335. DOI: 10.1177/0146167214565055

Kupor, D., Laurin, K. & Levav, J. (2015). Anticipating Divine Protection? Reminders of God Can Increase Nonmoral Risk Taking, Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797614563108

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8:59 PM | Thinking about God causes people to take bigger risks… wait, what???
A team from Stanford University Graduate School of Business has just published a nice series of studies showing that priming people with the idea of god can increase their appetite for risk. Over at the Friendly Atheist, Rachel Ford did a good write up, leading with the headline conclusion that thinking about god actually causes [Read More...]

Noussair, C., Trautmann, S., van de Kuilen, G. & Vellekoop, N. (2013). Risk aversion and religion, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 47 (2) 165-183. DOI: 10.1007/s11166-013-9174-8

Hamerman, E. & Morewedge, C. (2015). Reliance on Luck: Identifying Which Achievement Goals Elicit Superstitious Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41 (3) 323-335. DOI: 10.1177/0146167214565055

Kupor, D., Laurin, K. & Levav, J. (2015). Anticipating Divine Protection? Reminders of God Can Increase Nonmoral Risk Taking, Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797614563108

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8:59 PM | Thinking about God causes people to take bigger risks… wait, what???
A team from Stanford University Graduate School of Business has just published a nice series of studies showing that priming people with the idea of god can increase their appetite for risk. Over at the Friendly Atheist, Rachel Ford did a good write up, leading with the headline conclusion that thinking about god actually causes [Read More...]

Noussair, C., Trautmann, S., van de Kuilen, G. & Vellekoop, N. (2013). Risk aversion and religion, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 47 (2) 165-183. DOI: 10.1007/s11166-013-9174-8

Hamerman, E. & Morewedge, C. (2015). Reliance on Luck: Identifying Which Achievement Goals Elicit Superstitious Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41 (3) 323-335. DOI: 10.1177/0146167214565055

Kupor, D., Laurin, K. & Levav, J. (2015). Anticipating Divine Protection? Reminders of God Can Increase Nonmoral Risk Taking, Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797614563108

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