Blog Archives for May 2010

Serving the Underserved

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
May 28, 2010

CFI branches and campus groups are serving the most underserved segment of our population.

BP Oil Spill: Just Wondering Where the Psychics Are…

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
May 26, 2010

Psychics should be asked—after each and every tragedy and national disaster—to explain their failures.

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Parity Among Sins

The Bible Geek with Robert M. Price
May 26, 2010

“Does the New Testament teach that some sins are worse than others?” So asks my colleague Jeffrey Jay Lowder.

The Concerns of Morality: Well-Being and Flourishing

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
May 25, 2010

Morality, and moral deliberation, is the domain of concerns for the well-being and flourishing of sentient and conscious beings.

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Religious Certainty is a Dangerous Weapon

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
May 25, 2010

Psychological pathologies like certainty must not be defended or encouraged.

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Undercover in Mexico

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 24, 2010

The latest in quackery is south of the border.

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Open Letter to the Royal Ontario Museum:  Inviting “Quantum Mystic” Deepak Chopra Was a Big Mistake!

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
May 22, 2010

Sign an open letter to the ROM reminding them of their own mission to "serve as an advocate for science in the study of nature."

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Should we support SHARE?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 22, 2010

A discussion of secular giving

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Is Iran’s nuclear program on track? How can the West stop it?

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
May 21, 2010

There is much disagreement among experts as to whether Iran's nuclear program is well-advanced or not.

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A Clarification

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 20, 2010

A clarification of one of last week's posts

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Church or Fitness Center???

Picture taken by Reba Boyd Wooden.

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
May 19, 2010

Is the main focus the fitness center or is it used to draw people to fundamentalist dogma?

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Keep Chiropractors Away From Children

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
May 18, 2010

No valid evidence spinal corrections are an effective treatment for non-spinal conditions

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The Need for Naturalism in a Scientific Age

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
May 18, 2010

Is any philosophy really needed anymore, in this age of science?

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Texas Board of Education to Target Church-State Separation

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Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
May 17, 2010

The state board of education that removed Thomas Jefferson from US history books now seeks to erase the Wall of Separation.

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The Hoax as Art: A Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 17, 2010

Art exhibit derives from “War of the Worlds” broadcast.

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Sam Harris vs. The Philosophers on Morality

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
May 14, 2010

Sam Harris thinks that science can help with morality. Humanists should hope that he is right.

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Irresponsible Criticism of CFI

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 13, 2010

Comments on Paul Kurtz's Latest Critique

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Saudi Arabia, friend or foe?

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
May 13, 2010

Why do successive US administrations handle Saudi Arabia with kid gloves? Oil, is the standard reply. But does it make sense?

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Should We Sit Down for Humanism?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 13, 2010

How should we deal with public ceremonies that reference God

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Greeting Cards and Decoration Day

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Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
May 12, 2010

Memories and reminders to "pay it forward."

Science is not equivalent to Naturalism

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
May 10, 2010

Religions beg science to limit itself to nature. But science is more powerful than that.

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Pope Deceived by “Shroud”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 10, 2010

“Shroud” of Turin proves Pope not infallible.

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Do Atheists Care Less?  Yes, says MacLean’s Magazine

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
May 07, 2010

Magazine reports - base on StatsCanada survey - that atheists donate less. Appropriately enough, the devil is in the details

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Anti-Gay “Family Research Council” Co-founder Caught with Male Escort

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
May 06, 2010

George Alan Rekers, a longtime, prominent anti-gay activist, recently took a 10-day European vacation with a male escort.

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Commendable Restraint or Willful Blindness?

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
May 05, 2010

Should we refrain from speculation about the suspect in the Times Square attempted bombing?

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The Bible Was Written by Drunkards and Junkies

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
May 05, 2010

Well, maybe -- but that's not the point. Rather, the point is a Polish pop star has been charged for stating just that.

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Ghost of Clement Hall

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 04, 2010

Spirited tale is given to wander.

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Dawkins Challenges Australian Lawmaker on Creationism

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
May 04, 2010

Dawkins and self-described creationist Steve Fielding get into an interesting exchange on a recent TV program.

Correcting stereotypes about Science and Religion

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
May 04, 2010

There are differences between science and religion, but perhaps not where you have supposed

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