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My Generation

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over 4 years ago

A new generation of Islamic community leaders familiar with the American experience are reaching out to younger community members in order to offer religious advice. "Some Muslims are voicing their opinions and calling for change. They would like imams, who tend to be older, male and 'imported,' to ...

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Dumbing Down

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Dramatist Friedrick Schiller and the late David Foster Wallace both wanted to lift their audience up instead of write down to them; their opinions are excerpted in Lapham's Quarterly. Schiller wrote, "The assertion so commonly made, that the public degrades art, is not well founded. It is the artist ...

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Over the Counter

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A medical company wants to offer over the counter genetic tests whose results show genetic predispositions to certain diseases, but the FDA is crying foul. "Legalities aside, this new over-the-counter genetics test raises big concerns over the propensity for consumers to misread results and put ...

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Malleable Memories

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New neurological research suggests that each time a memory is recalled, it is subject to slight alternations; the implications could benefit sufferers of PTSD. "Most people have so-called flashbulb memories of where they were and what they were doing when something momentous happened: the ...

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Illusions of Equality

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According to performance psychologist Jim Taylor, we must give up our democratic pretensions and focus education reform on poor and disadvantaged schools. "The euphemism public education reform is, at best, politically correct and attempts to convey the decidedly democratic message that all children ...

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The Agreeable Kagan

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Conservative lawyer Miguel Estrada, whose nomination to a Court of Appeals by George W. Bush was blocked by Democrats, has written a letter supporting the confirmation of Elena Kagan. Estrada writes, "Elena possesses a formidable intellect, an exemplary temperament and a rare ability to disagree ...

Daylight Atheism

Find Me in Free Inquiry

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over 4 years ago

By Ebonmuse Before my flight leaves, I'm just dropping by to post a quick note: the newest (June/July 2010) issue of Free Inquiry magazine contains an original article by me, "Diplomats and Rabble-Rousers". The article discusses my views on the New Atheist movement and those who criticize it ...

Daylight Atheism

Could Creationism Be Rational After All?

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over 4 years ago

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie) I thought I'd kick off the guest posts with a little philosophical thought experiment (hark, is that the sound of you all clapping your hands in glee?). When I wrote the following, I mean it fairly light-heartedly, but with an eye to the fact that we should ...

Resurgence

Cory Booker Is Too Good To Be In Politics

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over 4 years ago

I don’t know a whole lot about Cory Booker. My cousin who lives in Jersey, who I trade emails with from time to time, has never mentioned Booker’s name once, although it may be because my cousin is more prone to send me jokes and lamentations about his poorly performing football team. So the other ...

Strange Maps

464 - The Netherlands, On A First-Name Basis

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. “And if I ever have a son, I think I’m gonna name him… Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!” (Johnny Cash: A Boy Named Sue) . For many parents-in-waiting, finding the right name for the baby is quite a struggle. Not only because that given name may reveal much ...