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Why Republicans deny global warming.

Why Republicans deny global warming.

| March 26, 2007 | 48 Replies

Jonathan Chait of Common Dreams raises a good question: why do Republicans disagree with climate scientists more at a time when climate scientists are accruing new terrifying evidence that human activities are truly responsible for warming the atmosphere?  Last year, the National Journal asked a group of Republican senators and House members: “Do you think it’s […]

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Proof of human evolution

Proof of human evolution

| March 26, 2007 | 5 Replies

Scientists have discovered a third type of human twin, neither identical nor fraternal.  One of the twins was found to be a “true hermaphrodite” with both ovarian and testicular tissue.  Whether or not we consider this a different type or species of human, one thing is certain:  the book of Genesis doesn’t mention God creating human hermaphrodities.  […]

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Laws for Our Own Good

Laws for Our Own Good

| March 26, 2007 | 4 Replies

Missouri legislature is about to engage in the quixotic attempt to repeal — or at least to reduce the effect of — a silly law. Missouri House Bill HB155 of the current session aims to allow motorcycle riders over 21 to feel the breeze in their hair. I’d like it even better if were coupled […]

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The palpable idiocy of the new best-selling book: “The Secret”

The palpable idiocy of the new best-selling book: “The Secret”

| March 26, 2007 | 11 Replies

Here’s a good way to save yourself $23.95: Don’t buy The Secret.  It’s not that I’m against secrets in general, it’s just that I want to spare you from wasting your money on a hot new book called “The Secret,” a book that has hit a new low in shallow, self-absorbed and insipid hype.  There […]

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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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