Memories of Paul Kurtz

October 21, 2012

I heard with a heavy heart that CFI founder Paul Kurtz has died...

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‘The Master’

September 30, 2012

In the new film The Master, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the leader of a New Agey, quasi-religious cult which draws troubled people into their fold. 

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Sexism, Activism, and All-Male Clubs

September 28, 2012

What should we do about private organizations who have sexist policies? Sometimes we stand up to them; sometimes we don't. 

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The Zanzibari Cat

September 24, 2012

Reflections of a feline-loving traveler in East Africa.

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Public Figures Who Lie About Sports Achievements

September 13, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan recently lied about running a marathon in under 3 hours, but he's not the first to exaggerate sports achievements.

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Bearing the Burden: On Being Chosen to Suffer

September 06, 2012

Many people, from those taking care of disabled children to those dealing with traumatic events, believe that they have been specially chosen to bear that burden. Is this healthy or harmful?

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Another Abduction/Rape Highlights Glaring Failure of Psychic Detectives

August 27, 2012

Another young woman abducted and raped for year highlights the utter failure of psychic detectives. 

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One Month After ‘Batman’ Massacre, Still No Evidence of Film Influence

August 22, 2012

A month ago, shortly after a shooter in Colorado attacked a premiere of the film The Dark Knight Rises, I wrote a piece addressing the then-circulating question of whether or not the shooter's massacre was inspired by the Batman film. Many readers suggested that my blog was too quick to dismiss the link, based on little information; a month later, what does the evidence show?

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MacOzymandia: Visit to a Scottish Cemetery

August 03, 2012

As the Ness River slowly weaves and wends through the town of Inverness on its way to Loch Ness, it passes under a white metal bridge walkway. That walkway continues across a small road and soon narrows into a brick-paved alleyway between two churches before ending at a modest street. A sign on the wrought-iron entrance reads, "Church of Scotland-The Old High Church." That's where I heard voices across the centuries.

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Real-Life ‘Dark Night’: Did Batman Inspire Killings?

July 20, 2012

A mass shooting at the premiere of the new Batman film has cast a pall on the franchise and raised questions about media-inspired violence.

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