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How does one raise a thoughtful, moral and religion-free child?

How does one raise a thoughtful, moral and religion-free child?

| March 24, 2007 | 5 Replies

Ebonmuse (one of our authors, who also writes thoughtful posts at Daylight Atheism) recently interviewed Dale McGowan who has edited a book of essays on raising a child without religion.  McGowan’s book, Parenting Beyond Belief, will be released next month. Ebonmuse writes: The book features original essays by Richard Dawkins, Julia Sweeney, Penn Jillette, Dan […]

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Does reading violent scripture make people violent?

Does reading violent scripture make people violent?

| March 24, 2007 | 4 Replies

Haven’t we heard this argument before, at least in the context of television violence?  Does exposure to violence breed violence? Many people would suggest a connection, but here’s a twist: a study that considered the effect of exposure to violent scripture. In the March 8, 2007 edition of Nature (this article is available online only to […]

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Recounting the dead in Iraq

Recounting the dead in Iraq

| March 23, 2007 | Reply

Many of us remember a scientific paper released back in October 2006.  It claimed that more than a half-million Iraqi people had died as a result of the US invasion.  The paper, published in Lancet, has been attacked ferociously by the Bush administration. The March 1, 2007 issue of Nature (only available to subscribers online) […]

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More on Who changed the Bible and why? Bart Ehrman’s startling answers

More on Who changed the Bible and why? Bart Ehrman’s startling answers

| March 23, 2007 | 23 Replies

Administrator’s Note: More than 530 comments have been posted to our original post regarding Bart Ehrman–  making that page too long for some computers to download and display quickly and properly.  Therefore, we are not allowing any new comments to be added to the original post. Please use this page to add any new comments you […]

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The beginning of the end of crappy music?

The beginning of the end of crappy music?

| March 22, 2007 | 2 Replies

[E]ven though people are spending as much time in their cars as they used to, consumers have been turning off music stations in droves. 27 per cent since 2001, I believe, about on par with the declines of CD sales. You would think this means people are just listening to stolen music played on their […]

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To Make the Journey the Destination

To Make the Journey the Destination

| March 22, 2007 | 7 Replies

I learned long ago that the best way to think of a trip is to accept that it is more than just dead time between here and there. I have a friend who has recently driven to to the East coast a couple of times, and all he saw (or wanted to see) on the […]

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Copyright police crack down on guitar players trading chords online

Copyright police crack down on guitar players trading chords online

| March 22, 2007 | 9 Replies

This morning I tried to visit a site called OLGA (on-line guitar archive), a place where I had often gone in past years to check out chord progressions for pop/rock tunes.  Many guitarists had worked out tunes as best they could, then posted them at this site.  Over the years, the contributions to the site […]

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Today’s offering from Quote of the Day

Today’s offering from Quote of the Day

| March 21, 2007 | 2 Replies

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) [Thanks go to The Quotations Page for this one].

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Choosing to choose; deciding to decide

Choosing to choose; deciding to decide

| March 20, 2007 | 7 Replies

We can’t really act freely unless we can think freely, it seems. But none of us can really choose what we will think next.  Thoughts occur to us.  I’m not the guy who puts the records in my own jukebox; at best, I merely punch some buttons.  But can I even say this much? It […]

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