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September 22, 2014

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1:30 AM | Episode 68: Book Review of ‘The Man from Mars’
“This series presents information based in part on theory and conjecture. The producer’s purpose is to suggest some possible explanations, but not necessarily the only ones, to the mysteries we will examine.” –official disclaimer, In Search Of That show gave me nightmares.

September 21, 2014

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12:00 PM | The Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2)
Continued from Part I So, how did the three patients react to seeing other people with the same delusion? Their reactioons were recorded through interviews and through careful observatioon while they were in the same ward together. Rokeach interacted with...            Related StoriesThe Jesus Experiment (Part 1of 2)The Judge in the Asylum (Part 2 of 2)WHO Releases New Suicide Report 

September 20, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: ‘Happy’ Dancers Sentenced to Jail, A Boy Gets Justice, and Cyclists Defend ‘Naked’ Uniform
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismIRAN The young men and women who were arrested in May for posting a video of themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy” have been sentenced to six months in prison ...(Read more...)

September 18, 2014

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6:56 PM | SkeptiCon is Coming and a call to ARTISTS!
Categories: Activism Events Religion ScienceTags: artskepticonIt’s that time of year when the Midwest’s largest and only FREE skeptic and atheist conference takes place. That’s right, SkeptiCon is just around the corner and THIS year it’s ...(Read more...)

September 17, 2014

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4:46 PM | Ms. Cherish Goes to the Atheist Meeting
I’ve contemplated writing on this topic for a while.  At the same time, I haven’t wanted to.  Probably because I’m not sure what the point of revisiting this is other than to gripe.  But then I came across this article about misogyny in atheism and decided I was just irritated enough to say something. What’s […]
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12:05 PM | Bring Back Our Girls? Boko Haram and the Forgotten Captives
Five months after the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the prospects for their safe return seem more remote than ever. Here's why. Continue reading →

September 16, 2014

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12:00 PM | "Provocation" Cited in Bizarre UK Domestic Violence Case
A U.K. man has received only a suspended sentence after being sentenced for assaulting his wife because of her "provocation" of accusing him that he was the Devil. 52-year-old Anthony Berry reported that he "snapped" after his wife, a devout...            Related Stories"Evil Spirit" Blamed for U.K. MurderThe Jesus Experiment (Part 1of 2)Sex Workers Horrified over Witchcraft Killing in South Africa 

September 15, 2014

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11:44 AM | We Know The Future
Basically everyone wants to know the future. Maybe not in small details, like when will I die? Or what will I have for dinner on the 5th of August 2017? Perhaps we don’t want to know about what becomes of our relationships and family members, better to live the life and all. The big things […] The post We Know The Future appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:55 AM | Divine Hiding?
by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse The case for God's existence is unsuccessful. Theistic arguments either beg the question, or involve deductive fallacies, or don't really prove what they promised to. Furthermore, the atheistic arguments all seem decisive...

September 14, 2014

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12:00 PM | The Jesus Experiment (Part 1 of 2)
For Milton Rokeach, it would be more than an experiment in treating mental illness. In many ways, it would be one of the most remarkable studies of its kind ever undertaken and help transform the very meaning of human identity....            Related StoriesCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Does Fertility Affect Attractiveness?Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children? 

September 11, 2014

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8:31 AM | Why reiki masters can’t lose
Regular readers of my not-so-super-secret other blog, where I write under my own name, know that last month Steve Novella and I published a rather nice (if I do say so myself) opinion piece in a peer-reviewed journal about what we called “clinical trials of magic.” In it, we argued that certain alternative medicine modalities…

September 10, 2014

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5:30 PM | This Dinosaur Tricycle Kills State-Funded Religious Education
Artist Markus Moestue made headlines recently by pedaling across Norway's bible belt (a term describing the Southern and Western parts of Norway, apparently) on a hand crafted dino-trike – a tour he undertook in protest "against the dogmatic religious education of children" in state schools. See now this raptor-tastic footage of his travels.Read more...

September 09, 2014

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12:00 PM | "Evil Spirit" Blamed for U.K. Murder
After neighbours called emergency servicesto the Hertfordshire home shared by a 43-year-old Iranian man and his disabled mother last October 5, police found Mohammud Badvie behaving in a "very bizarre fashion." They also found the corpse of his mother, 69-year-0ld...            Related StoriesSex Workers Horrified over Witchcraft Killing in South AfricaThe Sleepwalker on TrialHow Do People With Mental Illness See Police? 

September 06, 2014

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5:53 PM | 1,500-Year-Old ‘Last Supper’ Papyrus Casts New Light on Early Christianity
Dr Roberta Mazza at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Research Institute has discovered what she says is the world’s oldest surviving document to use the Christian Eucharist liturgy as a protective charm. The intriguing papyrus document from Roman Egypt, which appears to be nearly 1,500 years old and refers to the Last Supper and [...]

September 05, 2014

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6:46 PM | Second Madoff Son Dies: Why Some Blame Karma
Is karma responsible for the misfortunes of the famous and infamous? Many people think so -- here's a closer look. Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | 'Last Supper' Papyrus May Be One of Oldest Christian Charms
A 1,500-year-old fragment of Greek papyrus with writing that refers to the biblical Last Supper may be one of the oldest Christian amulets.

September 04, 2014

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8:12 PM | A Woman’s Room Online
Categories: Activism Feminism Religion SkepticismTags: A woman's room onlineart[Trigger warning for images based on threats and harassment] Get your black dresses- and your reading glasses out. There is an art show a comin’ to town! For the past ...(Read more...)

September 03, 2014

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7:50 PM | Would Artificially Intelligent Androids Be Religious Fundamentalists?
James McGrath is a Christian theologian and science fiction fan. So, it was only a matter of time before he began contemplating how a truly self-aware robot would respond to human religious beliefs. Is artificial intelligence compatible with faith—and, if so, should we worry?Read more...
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5:00 PM | Firebrand or Faitheist?
Categories: Activism Religion SkepticismWhen I was a newbie atheist, fresh from my first reading of The God Delusion, The End of Faith, and every amateur Xanga blog I could find, I had a ...(Read more...)
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3:13 PM | ¿Ciencia o religión?
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 3 de septiembre  de 2014Un adulto le arroja una pelotita a un niño de 3 años y éste la atrapa sin mayor esfuerzo. Un mono ve una rama demasiado delgada y duda en saltar a ella desde un árbol cercano.Ambos son animales capaces de predecir, limitadamente, el futuro. El niño proyecta la trayectoria que seguirá […]

September 02, 2014

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9:10 PM | Stonehenge Was Once A Complete Circle
Marks left behind by ancient, parched grass show that the iconic monument was once a perfect circle.
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12:00 PM | Sex Workers Horrified over Witchcraft Killing in South Africa
Arrests over the decapitation murder of a South African sex worker has sparked fears of further killings due to news that a traditional healer was among the six arrestees. The body of 39-year old Desiree Murugan was discovered two weeks...            Related StoriesSacrificing Edith (Part 2 of 2)These Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman' Before Tragedy StrikesFighting Poverty with Cash 

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...)
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