This Handy Flow Chart Will Help You Figure Out Whether or Not to Vaccinate Your Child

Cartoonist and mother Chelsea Carr guides us through the vaccine question:



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Another Compilation of Christopher Hitchens’ Best Comebacks

Here’s another compilation of Christopher Hitchens‘ best arguments and comebacks.



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Study Says Thinking About God Causes People to Take Bigger Risks (in Certain Situations)

A new paper published in the journal Psychological Science takes a look at the impact that thoughts of God can have on a person’s risk-taking behavior, and the results are interesting. The Stanford University researchers were particularly interested in the impact religion might have on behaviors when the moral component was removed.

While previous research has linked religiosity or spirituality with a decrease in behaviors like alcoholism, head researcher Daniella Kupor and her team wanted to know if the decrease was linked to religion’s moral imperatives against such behavior, or if spirituality and religiosity lowered risk-taking in general.

To answer that question, the team examined participants’ responses to both morally neutral and morally negative risky behaviors, along with non-risky behaviors. The responses were gauged both with and without religious references. The results reaffirmed the link between religion and risky behaviors typically deemed immoral… but where moral judgment was neutral, thoughts of God seemed to actually increase risk-taking:



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A Reporter Searches for Evil Atheists Listed on the American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map” but Comes Up Empty

Josh Kruger of Philadelphia Weekly wanted to know just how awful the atheist/Humanist groups listed on the American Family Association’s Bigotry Map were, so he called up the groups’ leaders to figure out why there’s so much hate in their hearts.

He was in for a surprise.



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Unaware of Praying Pig’s Sudden Celebrity, Chinese Farmer Slaughters It

A Chinese pig that caused a viral sensation after it was seen “praying” close to a Buddhist temple in China apparently didn’t pray hard enough to avoid being killed.

A pig has become a viral star in China after escaping from its farm and bowing its head in front of a Buddhist temple in what appears to be a prayer pose.

The pig was photographed and videotaped Feb. 22 outside the temple in Wenzhou when the animal struck a bowed pose that witnesses said made it appear the pig was praying — although others hypothesized the animal may have been kneeling as a result of a Vitamin E deficiency.

Or a joint inflammation, or congenitally weak shoulder tendons, or an environmental toxin, or food poisoning.

Seriously, praying?

Witnesses said the pig was in the prayer position for a long period of time before a monk arrived and chanted sutras for it.

I would have been more impressed if it was the hog that did the chanting (even if it squealed only Pig Latin).



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