CBS News Poll Shows That, When It Comes to Death, Americans Love Their Delusions

A new CBS News poll on the topic of death shows that Americans are living in a fantasy-world when it comes to thinking about their own mortality.

In general, we believe in the afterlife (for which there’s no evidence), we believe we’re going to Heaven (because we’re all good people, every one of us), and we want to make sure we take up space when we die (because our post-mortal bodies have no use other than lying six feet under forever).

But here’s where it gets really weird:



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We Lost Another Wonderful Leader Yesterday

We lost another great leader in the Humanist community yesterday. Warren Wolf was president of the Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS) and former president of The Humanist Institute. His organizations were actively involved in educating future leaders about the history and power of ethics beyond religion.



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An Atheist’s Guide to Mortality

Kirk Israel has written what he calls the “Skeptical Nerd’s Guide to Your Own Mortality.” The entire thing is online (with illustrations by UK artist James Harvey) at the chuckle-worthy website SoYoureGoingToDie.com:

I’d love to see this turned into a physical book!

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How Carl Sagan Talked to His Daughter About Death

Last month, we heard from Carl Sagan‘s son Nick about his father’s legacy.

Now it’s his half-sister’s turn. Writing for New York Magazine, Sasha Sagan tells us about her life growing up, including the time she asked her father about whether he would ever see his deceased parents again:



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Edwin Kagin, the ‘Legal Heart of American Atheists’ and Co-Founder of Camp Quest, Is Dead

Edwin Kagin was one of the first atheist leaders I ever had a chance to meet in person. When I was running a Secular Student Alliance group in college, we were very excited that Edwin, the Kentucky State Director of American Atheists at the time, agreed to come to Chicago to debate a Catholic professor about the existence of God. The event drew several hundred audience members to our mostly-commuter school and gave our group a lot of energy, momentum, and additional members. That was well over a decade ago and Edwin has been a friend to me ever since, most recently giving me permission to include his essay “Thoughts for Atheists at Graduation” in my book The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide.

On Friday, American Atheists confirmed that Edwin had died at the age of 73.



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