Consciousness: A Panel Discussion

February 22, 2011

Video of the Center for Inquiry-New York City's Darwin Day forum on consciousness has been posted on YouTube.

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The New Atheists: Aggressive or Brave?

February 16, 2011

Ian Ravenscroft says that despite what many argue, the New Atheists aren't aggressive -- they're just not afraid of debate.

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Susan Jacoby on “the movement”

February 10, 2011

The author argues that secularists, atheists, humanists, and skeptics, must stop quarreling if they want to make progress.

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In Egypt, Accepting Democracy Despite Its Risks

February 08, 2011

The possibility of Islam gaining a stronger hold in Egypt is not an argument against democracy.

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Vegetarianism: moral stance or mere preference?

January 26, 2011

If there are no compelling ethical reasons supporting vegetarianism, it risks degenerating to the level of preference.

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Political discourse must improve, but let’s not overreach

January 17, 2011

Americans are right to condemn harsh political rhetoric, but we shouldn't expect discourse that is nice and neat.

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Considering some common objections to philosophy

January 10, 2011

People often tell me that philosophy is esoteric and useless. Are they correct?

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

December 28, 2010

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

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Finding a Secular Meaning in Christmas

December 24, 2010

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

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When the Unethical Becomes the Unlawful

December 20, 2010

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

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