Seeing God Like Seeing Different Colors, Or How Beliefs Change The Brain

One of The Daily Dish readers posed an exceptionally provocative hypothesis: An interesting angle you haven’t mentioned concerns how belief systems concretely affect the development of the brain. People raised in cultures with distinct words for certain color tones see them more clearly than those in which just one word suffices (the most well-known example [Read More...]

Atheist Groupthink?

Replying to a blog post at End Hereditary Religion, 0ne of the commenters spoke out against the “scarlet A.”  The scarlet A serves as the rallying symbol for Richard Dawkins’s “Out Campaign”, which is designed to encourage atheists to own up to their atheism more publicly and vocally, and to support one another as fellow [Read More...]

Religious Protesters of Star Wars

Christina finds this religulous bit of insanity: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins Interviews Jesuit Astronomer Father George Coyne

An utterly fascinating dialogue, Coyne throughout is a novel, deeply scientifically informed, and riveting thinker and Dawkins puts exactly the right questions and brief challenges to him.  Watch all 7 parts, they’re great. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

James Randi Exposing Healing Frauds

James Randi, the former magician known as The Amazing Randi, in the ’80s went on Johnny Carson with some staggering footage and insight into how religious charlatans were faking miracles and swindling people.  This video shows a portion of what they uncovered. [Read more...]

You Are Not A Bible Character 3: On Believing Without Proof

Father Stephen has graciously offered another reply to my challenges to him that he should apply to the Bible itself his excellent critique of contemporary figures who presumptuously interpret their experiences as though they are biblical characters. Father Stephen’s reply: I completely agree that Christ takes Scripture “out of context”. Excellent, as this can help [Read More...]

Richard Feynman

Interesting discussion on what sorts of “big questions” physics wants to answer, from Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, found on Pharyngula: [Read more...]

Palin As Paradigmatic Fundamentalist and Why I Turned Against Faith

A reader of Andrew Sullivan’s blog brilliantly connects the dots: Part of Sarah Palin’s irresistible appeal to her fundamentalist base is her ability to look at the camera with utter conviction and declare black to be white. The ability to lie well is a valuable part of the fundamentalist psychology. My son isn’t gay, he [Read More...]

Jon Stewart Against Dogma and Extremism But Not “Religion”

Jon Stewart: Religion makes sense to me. I have trouble with dogma more than I have trouble with religion. I think the best thing religion does is give people a sense of place, purpose, and compassion. My quibble with it is when it’s described as the only way to have those things instilled. You can [Read More...]


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