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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 […]

July 31, 2014

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4:30 PM | ​In Kentucky, Taxpayers Will Keep A New Noah's Ark Theme Park Afloat
The biblical theme park Ark Encounter — a project run by the young-Earth creationist group Answers In Genesis— will break ground next week, thanks in part to $18.25 million worth of tax incentives unanimously approved by the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority. Read more...
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2:50 PM | The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On
In a recent interview with the Argentine publication Viva, Pope Francis issued a list of 10 tips to be a happier person, based on his own life experiences. The Pope encouraged people to be more positive and generous, to turn off the TV and find healthier forms of leisure, and even to stop trying to convert people […]

July 29, 2014

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11:20 PM | In Australia, money for science is cut, money for religious programs increased
Guest Post by Peter Mc, Australia Australian science body takes a funding hit while extra money is miraculously found for religious education in state schools to the tune of a quarter of a billion dollars. CSIRO cuts space research deeply to find required $114m savings Deep cuts to the CSIRO budget will see up to… Source: Doubtful News

July 28, 2014

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11:42 PM | Cop fired when supernatural beliefs got in the way of doing his job
Oh brother, this guy’s extreme beliefs impeded his ability to do his job and affected others in the workplace. But he’s claiming discrimination. Cop claims feds are targeting him because he believes in ghosts. A Department of Veterans Affairs cop [Valdo Vaher], convinced his former New Jersey workplace is haunted by evil spirits, says the… Source: Doubtful News

July 27, 2014

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Suggestive Logos, Un-Christian Christians, Mom’s Purse, and the Medical Model of Disability
Categories: Meta StuffTags: AirbnbComeniusDBTdisabilityeducationEscepticagraphic designgrounded parentsimmigrationMad Art Labmedical model of disabilitymental healthmusicParentingpedagogyphysicsReligionresearch fundingSamaritansschool of doubtSkeptabilityspiritualityswaddlingTeen SkepchickThe Great DidacticSunday Funny: Chaos (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 107: The Subjective Side of Physics Mindy explores the physics of sound. DBT Skills: The Benefits of Mindfulness […]

July 26, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Devil-Guided Journalism, Sexual bias, and More
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies ReligionIRAQ Doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict attributed to the Sunni Islamist group Isis controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul about ordering all females aged between 11 and 46 to undergo female genital mutilation.   EGYPT In explanation for jailing of three al-Jazeera journalists, the judge said the devil encouraged them to use journalism against Egypt.   FINLAND (From Radium Yttrium) The European Court of Human Rights […]

July 25, 2014

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3:44 PM | DNews: What Happens to Your Body When You Fast?
People in a number of religious faiths practice fasting at points throughout the year, and people find secular reasons to curb their food intake too. Besides the hunger a fasting person feels, what's going on inside the body when the food stops?
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7:08 AM | Is Atheism a Religion? (Hint: No)
Rarely do I make new articles based on my interactions with commenters, but a recent one warranted a full response. From my article “Read a Bible – Become an Atheist (In That Order)” one commenter said: Sorry, atheism is a … Continue reading →

July 24, 2014

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5:48 PM | God-Awful: The Worst Religious Leaders of the Western World
There are a lot of great and admirable religious leaders. Grandi. Some other guys. But there are also a lot of bad ones. Did you ever want to have a place to look up who these dudes are (and most, but not all, are dudes)? This may be especially helpful if you find yourself in…
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5:07 PM | How Would Christianity Deal with Extraterrestrial Life?
How would the world's religions react to the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence? There is, of course, no single answer. But for Christians who believe in the redemption of humanity through a singular event—the Incarnation of God through Christ—the question poses an especially complex dilemma.Read more...
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3:50 PM | Is Internet-Centrism a Religion?
On the evening of March 3 in 1514, Steven is sitting next to Friar Clay in a Nottingham pub, covering his face with his hands."I am losing the will to live", Steven sobs, "Death may be sweeter than life in this world of poverty, injustice and war.""Do not despair, my friend", Clay says, "for the printing press will change everything."*******Let us now fast-forward 500 years and re-enact this hypothetical scene with some tiny modifications.On the evening of March 3 in 2014, Steven is sitting […]
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