Loneliness Leads to Belief in the Supernatural

According to a study published in the February issue of the journal Psychological Science, “people who feel lonely are more likely to believe in the supernatural, whether that is God, angels or miracles.” College students were shown a clip from movies to induce feelings of isolation (Castaway) and fear (Silence of the Lambs). A control [Read More...]

Does Religious Literature Make You Less Intelligent?

Virgil Griffith, a student at Caltech, had a cool idea for an experiment. Using Facebook, look at all the students who attend a particular university. Figure out the top ten most popular books that are read by those students. Then, find out the average SAT scores of students admitted to that college (which is usually [Read More...]

How to Irritate an Atheist

It’s an old post, but I just saw it for the first time, so let’s pretend like it’s brand new. 281 Tricks to Irritate an Atheist. (Actually, there are 289.) I’m sure you can think of a few more… (via sapere aude) [tags]atheist, atheism[/tags] [Read more...]

What if Creationism and Evolution Were “Switched”?

Duelity is the brainchild of Vancouver Film School students Marcos Ceravolo and Ryan Uhrich. Their animations present “medieval-church-style” evolution and “scientific” Creationism. Which one is which…? First, the videos can be seen separately. Then you can watch them juxtaposed side by side (above pic). When you watch the latter, it’s really fascinating animation. I’m not [Read More...]

Charlotte’s Faith Problem

Blog reader Deanna passes along this fantastic op-ed piece by University of North Carolina Charlotte professor David Walters. He praises the favorable qualities of Charlotte before turning to his biggest problem with it: the rise of religion in community life. And when comparing Charlotte’s faith to that of Walter’s home country of Britain, the differences [Read More...]