Tag: Psychology Cognition

How to love going to church: a guide for atheists

October 20, 2006 | By | 13 Replies More
How to love going to church: a guide for atheists

The Bible version of God doesn’t ring true to me. I don’t believe in any traditional sort of God.  I am not that sort of person who finds any purpose in worshipping or asking favors from invisible Beings.  I don’t ascribe any emotions or sentience (certainly, no vindictiveness) to any Person or Thing that might […]

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The Ethics of Morality

October 20, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
The Ethics of Morality

     A few months ago I stumbled on a preacher on television.  The reason I stopped to listen was that on the screen he was scrolling through a litany of famous scientists, their fields and contributions, and noting that each was a Great Christian.  Then the preacher–I don’t know who he was, sorry–ended his litany by making the […]

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Understanding Evil

October 17, 2006 | By | 5 Replies More
Understanding Evil

It is a much mentioned, but little understood concept. Any individual in the world is likely to have strong conceptions of “evil,” but very few could define it, or ascribe a cause to it.  Dictionary.com defines “evil” as “morally bad or wrong,” and also “causing ruin, injury or pain.” While the word “immoral” is more […]

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Can one be wronger about science?

October 16, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Can one be wronger about science?

To the majority of people, every issue has 2 sides. One is right, and the other is wrong. The impression is that, if something is wrong about an argument, a position, a theory, then the entire thing is wrong. This is Aristotelian or Boolean reasoning. Famous smart people use this binary right/wrong or true/false principle […]

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Speak your mind. Or mind your speaking?

October 15, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Speak your mind. Or mind your speaking?

Despite countless pieces of evidence to the contrary, we don’t like to think of language as an influence on our thoughts. We like to think of language as a passive tool at our disposal, one that does not err or influence our communication. But the brain does not work like a computer, nor does language […]

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Do bad drivers (or bad eaters) make bad voters?

October 14, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More

What kinds of voters are we?  It’s hard to tell by looking what kind of candidates we elect.  After all, we usually only have two viable choices; we often hold our noses and vote for the “lesser of two evils.”   Many potential candidates never appear on the ballot, thanks to our horrifically corrupt political system, […]

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Alien Rapture

October 14, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Alien Rapture

This is going to seem ungenerous at best.  But. Part of the difficulty in engaging someone over the issue of the “truth” of their faith can be frustrating, especially when they leave the path of the rational, the demonstrable, the philosophical, the metaphorical, often ending up with a claim that they personally have experienced something […]

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Proselytes, Proseldarks, Proselmarketers

October 13, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Proselytes, Proseldarks, Proselmarketers

     The other day, two nice ladies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses knocked on my door.  This was, in fact, their third visit.  On the previous two, they had spoken with my wife, who was polite and nice and somehow left them with the idea that they had a potential convert here.  They had left literature […]

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Godly Sex

October 12, 2006 | By | 12 Replies More
Godly Sex

On a lark, I looked up celibacy as it pertains to Roman Catholic priests.  OK, not on a lark.  I am a recovering Catholic, 35 years in remission.  But back to my story.  I had heard that many priests are actually married.  I wanted to know more.  Here’s what about.com has to say: You aren’t […]

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