Running the numbers on smokers, migrants, cancer, and drones

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This past week at FiveThirtyEight, I've been covering the grim calculus of migrant ships, the difficult data on drones, smoking laws, and cancer tests.  Read on below!  Migrants Trying To Cross The Mediterranean Are Leaving One Risk For Another When countries confront refugees that aren’t in mortal danger, they’ve found ways to avoid allowing migrants to land and file asylum pleas. In 2013, Australia set up new patrols to intercept boats of refugees arriving from Indonesia and to tow t … [Read more...]

An Adjective that Feels Like Home [Radio Readings]

You can listen to “Fights in Good Faith,” my weekly radio program, streaming today at 5pm ET and tomorrow (Sun) at 1pm.  I’ll update this post when the episode is available to download and stream.Every week, I put up a “Radio Readings” post, so you can track down the books, articles, and (this week) failed Lenten penances that I cite on the show. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m talking about this week.Finding a Word for Your SexualityIt Happened to Me: I'm a Demisexual (Mo … [Read more...]

What question about the world do you want answered? [2015 ITT]

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This is part of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test series, where Christians and non-Christians test how well they understand one another.  In this second round, non-Christians (mostly atheists) answer the prompts honestly, and Christians try to answer them as they expect atheists to.  Your job is to see if you can spot the difference.  You can find all posts about the 2015 Ideological Turing Test here. Below are answers to the question: What’s a question you’re currently uncertain about … [Read more...]

Talking to The Catholic Weekly about Anger, Beauty, and Confession

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I did an interview with The Catholic Weekly while I was in Sydney, and talked a little about my conversion, my book, and my approach to arguments and anger.  I've excerpted it below, and you can read the full story here. Q: Obviously you are in demand as a public speaker. What is it that people most want to hear from you?A: There tend to be two things people want to hear from me. One is my conversion story, which is fun for me to tell but I feel is actually less generally a … [Read more...]

What role does ritual have in your life? [2015 ITT]

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This is part of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test series, where Christians and non-Christians test how well they understand one another.  In this second round, non-Christians (mostly atheists) answer the prompts honestly, and Christians try to answer them as they expect atheists to.  Your job is to see if you can spot the difference.  You can find all posts about the 2015 Ideological Turing Test here. Below are answers to the question: What role does ritual have in your life? What role … [Read more...]

What Book Shaped Your Moral Sensibilities? [2015 ITT]

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This is part of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test series, where Christians and non-Christians test how well they understand one another.  In this second round, non-Christians (mostly atheists) answer the prompts honestly, and Christians try to answer them as they expect atheists to.  Your job is to see if you can spot the difference.  You can find all posts about the 2015 Ideological Turing Test here. Below are answers to the question: Name a book that shaped your moral sensibilities ( … [Read more...]

What’s Underappreciated About Your Tradition? [2015 ITT]

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This is part of the 2015 Ideological Turing Test series, where Christians and non-Christians test how well they understand one another.  In this first round, Christians answer the prompts honestly, and atheists try to answer them as they expect the Christians to.  Your job is to see if you can spot the difference.  You can find all posts about the 2015 Ideological Turing Test here. Below are answers to the question: What is an element of your tradition that is underappreciated by your … [Read more...]


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