Poll Holds Surprises About Teen Self-Image, Reality TV Effects

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 08, 2011

A new survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute issued a report titled "Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV" which came to a variety of conclusions about the effects of reality TV on beliefs and attitudes of teen girls. One interesting result what was most girls reject the "beauty myth" idea that a girl's value is based on how she looks. 

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Obama Adminstration Steps Up Defense of LGBT Rights Abroad

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
December 07, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends equal rights for LGBT persons at UN, while President Obama directs all agencies engaged in diplomacy efforts to ensure U.S. is promoting and protecting the rights of LGBT persons.

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What are your helladay plans?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
December 05, 2011

Well, the Some People's Favorite Holiday Season is upon us again. How to you plan to observe -- or not observe -- the "helladays"?

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“J. Edgar” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 05, 2011

Let me confess at the outset that my response to Clint Eastwood's new biopic about Federal Bureau of Investigation founder J. Edgar Hoover is necessarily colored by my own personal encounters with the man. Actually, there were two J. Edgars.

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Who Trusts Gallup Polls about Religion?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 02, 2011

Not the nontheist segment of the population, gone undercounted for decades.

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Another pluralist approach to ethics

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
December 01, 2011

Ian Pollock takes a stab at formulating a pluralist ethic.

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“Chupacabra” Attack

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 29, 2011

The Chupacabra is a fabled vampiric creature that has supposedly preyed on farm animals in many countries since it first appeared in Puerto Rico in 1995. Is it on the loose now in the American midwest? In November I was able to examine the carcass of one such reputed creature on a Missouri farm.

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Talking Lake Monsters for Canadian TV in the New Mexican Desert

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
November 25, 2011

New Mexico's Rio Grande river looks nothing like British Columbia's Lake Okanagan, but it was close enough for TV when I was interviewed on November 14 for a Canadian science show called Daily Planet.

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The Science and Philosophy of Free Will

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
November 22, 2011

Video of CFI-New York City's recent panel discussion on how advances in cognitive science are shaping our philosophical conception of free wil.

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Proving God’s Existence is Impossible

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
November 16, 2011

Atheists and agnostics should stop saying "Well, there could be a proof that God exists, if...."

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