Why Don’t We Have More Productive Conversations Online?

A couple of months ago, Robby Bensinger defended Sam Harris against his critics’ charges of Islamophobia and he was still doing it a couple of weeks ago.

But the biggest question he’s left with after all of that back-and-forth is: Why were those conversations so unproductive? He’s intelligent. His opponents are intelligent. So why did it feel like they were talking past each other so much of the time? Why did it feel like both sides were more interested in scoring “points” rather than coming to a better understanding of the other side and (possibly) modifying their own opinions?

(Anyone else feeling déjà vu?)

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How Do You Start an Atheist Group at Your School?

I’m working on a project with a local professor called The Atheist Voice in which I tackle some burning question people often ask atheists.

The video below answers the question: How Do You Start an Atheist Group at Your School?

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American Atheists Sued by Former Employee

Ed Clint has the scoop on how American Atheists is being sued by one of their former employees and does a nice job of putting this lawsuit in a broader context.

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A Voice of Reason on the Conversation Worth Having

dogmaticCURE brings together images and music with the words of atheists (in this case, Christopher Hitchens).

This video focuses on the conversation worth having:

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Bill Nye, the Science Warrior

According to John Schwartz‘s profile on him in the New York Times, Bill Nye isn’t just a “science guy” anymore; he’s a science warrior with a massive fan base fed up with science-deniers (which often include religious leaders):

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