Blog Archives for December 2010

The Persistence of Rubbish

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
December 30, 2010

A Wall Street Journal column provides a reminder of the durability of religious mythology

1 Comment

Ricky Gervais, Philosopher

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 29, 2010

Another philosopher makes good.

Mass Media, Eating Disorders, and Research

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 28, 2010

Skepchick Rebecca Watson believes some eating disorder researchers were misquoted. Were they?

5 Comments

Does the National Center for Science Education Deserve the Criticism It Receives?

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
December 28, 2010

Secularists continue to charge that the NCSE too often promotes the compatibility of science and religion. Do they have a point?

1 Comment

Finding a Secular Meaning in Christmas

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
December 24, 2010

The prologue to Bertrand Russell's autobiography sums up how I feel as another year passes.

2 Comments

Experiencing the Psychomanteum

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 23, 2010

Trying to visualize spirits of the dead.

1 Comment

Should Atheists Ground Santa?

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

Disputes among the nonreligious about the harm caused by the Santa fantasy

11 Comments

Is there a place for Environmentalism in Humanism?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 21, 2010

Do humanists only care about human values?

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Ghostly Piano Player & Others

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 20, 2010

Ghosts left lodge when investigator arrived.

When the Unethical Becomes the Unlawful

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
December 20, 2010

Not everything that is unethical should be unlawful, so what determines the transition from ethics to law?

Obama Administration Releases Scientific Integrity Guidelines

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
December 18, 2010

After more than a year of delays, the Obama administration finally issued guidelines for protecting scientific integrity.

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Unsought Christmas Combat

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
December 16, 2010

Christians don't need to appropriate the courthouse to celebrate Christmas

4 Comments

The Bible is No Place for Ethics

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 15, 2010

The real question is, How could a person be good with God?

12 Comments

Another “Weeping” Statue

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 15, 2010

“Miracle” most likely “pious deception.”

1 Comment

Family of Missing Canadian Woman Seeks Help from Sylvia Browne

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 13, 2010

Another desperate family seeks help from a psychic; history suggests they will be disappointed.

5 Comments

Two Travesties

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
December 10, 2010

Justifying censorship in China and the United States

1 Comment

If Religion Means So Much, How Could Atheism Mean Nothing?

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
December 10, 2010

Some reflection on the secular moralist argument that atheism is meaningless.

12 Comments

Preliminary Report: Investigating in China

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 08, 2010

Three weeks as Visiting Scholar.

Republican Leadership Subjects Funding of National Science Foundation Projects to Text Message Votes

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
December 08, 2010

The new House leadership wants laypersons, not trained experts, to judge the worth of scientific research projects.

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Anti-Gay Activist Charles McVety: Extraordinary Claims Campaign “hateful”

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

McVety - who recently referred to transgendered people as "perverts" - believes we are guilty of the crime of hate speech

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A New Claim that Religion leads to More Happiness

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 07, 2010

Beware of studies claiming to show why religious people are happier.

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Republicans to Kill Climate Change Committee

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
December 02, 2010

The office of incoming House speaker John Boehner says Republicans will scrap the House Select Committee on Energy Independence.

7 Comments

What’s next, Moses’ Red Sea Water Park?

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
December 01, 2010

The creationist theme park will feature a 500 foot-long replica of Noah's Ark containing live animals...

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How does Science defeat Religion?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 01, 2010

Take care when demanding that belief follow the evidence.

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