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...]

Betty Bowers’s Handy Bible Interpretation Guide

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Yep. For my own posts on the self-servingness of contemporary hermeneutics, centered on questions of sexuality in particular, read On Back Door Ways of Keep One’s Virginity (And to Defend One’s Faith) , my post on How I Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go, and/or The Gay Enemy Threat in the Christian Home. For more [Read More...]

Join The Campaign Against #TwitterTheocracy Today

CFI Blasphemy Laws Because We Are Afraid of a Little Bird

Twitter shouldn’t be an arm of theocracy used to punish “blasphemers”. Speak out against #TwitterTheocracy. [Read more...]

Use Facebook To Pinpoint When Your Life Fell Apart

The Onion reports on a new functionality that finds your “lifepoint”–the point in your life when it took an irrevocable turn for the worse: New Facebook Feature Scans Profile To Pinpoint Exactly When Things Went Wrong Your “Lifepoints”? [Read more...]

Water Up To The Statue Of Liberty’s Elbow

In recent weeks, it’s been descriptions of what is projected to happen to my beloved home, New York City, that have really helped me to understand the threat of climate change in a way that hits home with me. In this context, Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s interview about climate denialism, creationism, and the religious and political [Read More...]

XKCD’s Randall Monroe’s Ted Talk Answering “What If” Questions

The man behind XKCD, live, answering what about what would happen if a baseball were thrown at near the speed of light and “if all Google’s data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?” Thanks to Shira for the heads up! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

For The Bible Tells Me So, A Documentary Chronicling Conservative Christian Homophobia

Since Tuesday, I have been talking about the devastating impact of the conservative Christian church on LGBT youth. The other night, via an old Libby Anne post I serendipitously happened upon this relevant documentary called For the Bible Tells Me So, which is all about how conservative Christians demonize gays and what it’s like growing up gay [Read More...]

Islam Is Not A Race–But Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Still Very Often Racist

As a particular sociocultural phenomenon, “New Atheism” is usually traced back to the anti-faith backlash many Westerners were prone towards in the wake of 9/11. For Christopher Hitchens, it was 9/11 that crystallized his years of criticism of religion and focused his energies more centrally on opposing religion than he ever had before, turning him in [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “How Can Atheists Condemn Rape Without Theistic Moral Absolutism?”

This blog post is a new installment of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, in which I systematically explain, develop, defend, and apply my distinctive spin on humanist, perfectionist, virtue, consequentialist, ethical system called “Empowerment Ethics”. In response to my most recent repost in this series, about why moralities don’t need to be conceived of in moral absolutist terms in order [Read More...]


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