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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?

Dabanner
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

Cory_booker
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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over 4 years ago

. “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 ...

IdeaFeed

"Do No Harm"

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over 4 years ago

Students and professors of business are considering a Hippocratic Oath for MBA students in response to the out and out amorality perpetuated recently in the name of business.

IdeaFeed

Light Speed

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over 4 years ago

Though currently too expensive for mass production, new computing technology is replacing electrons and copper wiring with photons that can carry information at light speed.

IdeaFeed

Bedfellows

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over 4 years ago

A new debate is rising in education about the extent to which science and religion are compatible and how the limits of science, if there are any, should be taught in the classroom.

IdeaFeed

Violent Progress

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over 4 years ago

Psychologist Stephen Diamond writes that the recent string of violence across China could be related to personal stress brought on by the financial pressures of a more competitive economy.