What We Can Learn from Alternative Medicine Practitioners

Guy P. Harrison is the author of several popular books about atheism including 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God (teaching us how to rebut them), 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, and 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian.

His latest, only a slight departure from his previous works, is called Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser (Prometheus Books, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Harrison talks about what we can (seriously) learn from people who practice alternative medicine:

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Canadian Government Will Allow Scientists to “Speak Freely,” Reversing Years of Conservative Damage

In the United States, we have an entire party that trashes what scientists say.

In Canada, under new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, scientists are finally getting a chance to do their jobs — and tell the public about it — without the foot of the government keeping them down:

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Creationist Kent Hovind Will Be Speaking at a Public School in Ohio This Tuesday

Kent Hovind, the Young Earth Creationist who was only recently released from prison after serving time for tax fraud, will be speaking at a public high school this Tuesday to promote his anti-evolution nonsense.

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire of Pass the Salt Ministries introduced Hovind before a speech at High Street Baptist Church in Ohio yesterday (1:18 mark), casually mentioning how his team was able to “sneak” Hovind into Thomas Worthington High School:

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A Compilation of Carl Sagan’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s an excellent compilation of Carl Sagan‘s best arguments and comebacks.

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Study Finds Children of Non-Religious Parents to Be More Generous Than Religious Peers

A study published in Current Biology is making a lot of headlines for what it suggests about atheists and altruism.

Neuroscientist Jean Decety, of the University of Chicago, ran an experiment to measure the generosity levels of children. In essence, children in six countries were asked to select 10 stickers from a larger sample… then told that they could give up some of those stickers to a friend who wouldn’t be able to play the game otherwise.

The question was: How many stickers would these kids be willing to give up?

It turns out the children of non-religious parents gave away an average of 4.1 stickers, while kids from a religious background gave away only 3.3. (There was no statistical difference between children of Muslim and Christian parents.)

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