Khomeini, Iran, and More Islamic Clerics on Sex With Children

Yesterday morning my traffic had enough of a surprise bump to indicate to me one of my posts must have been linked somewhere attention grabbing. With a little sleuthing. I traced the cause back to this Richard Dawkins tweet: User Actions Following Richard DawkinsVerified account‏@RichardDawkins “@ateisthafiz: pic.twitter.com/AcoqB97yGE” Is this a genuine quote from Ayatollah Khomeini? [Read More...]

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7 Anti-GMO Myths Debunked

My good friend Stephanie Guttormson has a new YouTube channel called ThinkStephtically. Below is her first major video, a really good and accessible response to anti-GMO concerns. (And you can watch an introduction to the channel here.) Your Thoughts? [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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How To Criticize Religion. Part 3: Address The Question of “True Religion” With Nuance

Below is part 3 of my reprint of my “How To Criticize Religion” series, with one new paragraph added. This was originally published in the former Secularite digital magazine. This article is self-sufficient. No knowledge of Part 1: Understand Why and How Metaphors Work in Practice or Part 2: Don’t Treat All of Religion as a Monolith is assumed in what [Read More...]

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How to Criticize Religion. Part 1: Understand Why and How Metaphors Work in Practice

Some atheists see no need to understand religions in detail. They’ll say, “Just as one needn’t be a ‘unicornologist’ to justify a nonbelief in unicorns, one needn’t know the intricacies of theology to justify a nonbelief in gods. If religious beliefs are irrationally derived and systematically false, their particulars don’t matter.” Now it is true [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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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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