What True Repentance Looks Like

A couple weeks ago I excerpted and linked to an article in which friend of Camels With Hammers M. Dolon Hickmon described the viciousness of the beatings his father inflicted upon him as a small child and the origins of this child abuse in explicitly religious training. Dolon has also written a mystery thriller called 13:24: [Read More…]

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Teaching Empathy Instead of Obedience

Libby Anne’s latest brilliant post on parenting analyzes a recent incident in which her 2 year old son hit her 5 year old daughter with a toy and the 5 year old struck back and caused him to cry. As soon as Libby Anne heard him cry she swooped onto the situation and the 5 [Read More…]

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Sam Harris, The Criticism of Bad Ideas, and Sexist Appeals To Biology

This section of a recent Washington Post article has caused a lot of controversy in the atheist community this past weekend: I also asked Harris at the event why the vast majority of atheists — and many of those who buy his books — are male, a topic which has prompted some to raise questions [Read More…]

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Dog Philosophy

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Doping Scandals and “Nature’s Aristocracy”

In the August 2014 issue of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Pieter Bonte, Sigrid Sterckx, and Guido Pennings argue that there’s something morally retrograde about the values which see natural talent as categorically purer and morally better than artificially supplemented talent. Here’s the abstract to their new paper called “May the Blessed Man Win: A Critique of the Categorical Preference for [Read More…]

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Mutual Kindness As The Key To A Successful Relationship

Emily Esfahani Smith has a really interesting article in The Atlantic about Ty Tashiro’s recently published book The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love. Contrasting the “masters” of love with the “disasters” in love, she summarizes research covered in the book in which newlywed couples are observed in how [Read More…]

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The Smarter You Are, The More Trusting You Are?

The smarter you are, the more trusting you are? That’s apparently the pattern emerging in recent studies: A new study is giving the mistrustful something to consider:Intelligence strongly correlates with “generalized trust,” or the belief that most people can be trusted—that, on average, your fellow man or woman is probably a good egg. As it turns out, a [Read More…]

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“Gratified By Humiliating and Dominating A Helpless Human Being”

The connection between conservative religiosity and greater proneness towards corporal punishment and authoritarian parenting styles in general is well known. But in contemporary American purity culture this can go to uncommon extremes. Michael Pearl’s well-read and oft-recommended book To Train Up A Child essentially teaches parents to aim to crush all willfulness, any hint of [Read More…]

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Should Women Get “Menstrual Leave”?

Thought provoking, had never considered this before and I’m interested in Your Thoughts after you watch the video. Transcript here. Here’s the initial HuffPostLive segment. Here’s the Breitbart article criticized in the video above. Here’s a summary of research on the benefits of paid time off. Here’s a link to Rebecca’s Patreon, where you can support her videos. Your [Read More…]

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