Morality can — and should — be legislated

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
November 07, 2011

The overarching message of Ken Burns' new documentary, “Prohibition," is that morality cannot and should not be legislated. But this is simply not true.

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7 Billion? Yikes!

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
November 04, 2011

A less sanguine view of the arrival of Baby #7 Billion.

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Flogging God

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
November 02, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed overwhelmingly a resolution “reaffirming” the phrase “In God We Trust” as our national motto.  The vote was 396 to 9. The need for reaffirming of this motto was not clearly stated in the resolution, but the real motivation for this resolution is both too obvious and too unseemly to warrant acknowledgment: most politicians in this God-intoxicated country want to milk God for all the votes they can get. And, from a political standpoint, who can blame them? It’s proven to be a very successful tactic.

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Secular Humanism Greets the Seven Billionth Person

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
November 01, 2011

Welcome, seven-billionth baby! What can secular humanism do for you?

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Egyptian man sentenced to 3 years in jail for blasphemy

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
October 24, 2011

A 23-year-old Egyptian man has been sentenced to three years in prison, with hard labor, for "insulting Islam" in postings on his Facebook wall.

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Heeding (Or Ignoring) Skeptical Investigation

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
October 22, 2011

One of the interesting things in skeptical research to see is how (or whether) skeptical investigations make it into the mainstream literature. After all, it's all well and good for skeptics to know that a case has been solved, but the real benefit is when the greater public realizes it. 

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Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz on Secularism

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
October 21, 2011

Law Professor Alan Dershowitz gives a talk on "Secular Society and its Enemies."

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The Skepcook: Gourmet Anti-Vampire Soup

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 20, 2011

A guest who turns away from this delicious first-course offering, is probably a—well, you know what! Check the person's image in a mirror!

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World To End—Again

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
October 18, 2011

It's almost that time again. No, I don't mean fall, or Halloween, nor (shudder) the holiday season.

No, it's time for another doomsday.

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Massimo Pigliucci on ethics

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
October 17, 2011

Massimo Pigliucci, philosopher at the City University of New York, writes a series of seven essays discussing ethics on his blog Rationally Speaking.

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