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God Is 'Simply Incredible'

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Sociologists, psychologists, and religious scholars have pondered, pondered, pondered the reasons why tens of millions of modern Americans and Europea...

Snark Wars

Kerry Walters | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion
Kerry Walters

For anti-Christian snarksters, there's absolutely nothing good that can be said about Christianity, so they encourage a blanket dismissal of centuries of Christian thought, literature, art, culture, and science.

New Atheism: Is It Dead or an Idea Worth Saving?

Dan Arel | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

New atheism is far from dead because it is a term to simply describe vocal atheists who came out of the closet after 9/11 and attacked religion around the world like it had not seen in the past, but it also is not a term one needs to simply identify with.

Why the Soul Is Tiptoeing Back Into the Conversation

Stafford Betty | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion
Stafford Betty

Mind-body dualism, or the belief, roughly speaking, that we are a combination of body and soul, is not exactly coming back into respectability in leading philosophical circles, but it does show signs of tiptoeing back into the conversation.

Getting Zombies Excited (It Takes a Million-Dollar Challenge)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

In science, problems get solved faster when the pot begins to boil. Dormant questions need motivation, which is why I posed a million-dollar challenge to anyone in the materialist camp who could demonstrate how matter turns into mind.

'Collision Course' in the Science of Consciousness: Grand Theories to Clash at Tucson Conference

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The nature of consciousness, the reality it conveys, and our place in the universe remains unknown. Since ancient times, two types of views have approached these problems.

Does It Matter That Atheists Are Smarter Than Believers?

Rob Brooks | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

News just in, guaranteed to stir smug nods from non-believers and incite irritation among the devout: intelligence correlates negatively with religious belief.

The Complicated Search For The Origins Of Humor

Matthew Hurley | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Matthew Hurley

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen there is a well-defined, unambiguous hypothesis to test, an experiment can be very simple: find a clear counterexample. In the case of a theory of humor, find something that is funny but is not predicted to be funny by the hypothesis, or something the hypothesis says should be funny that isn't.

How Humor Has Not Evolved

Christian Hempelmann | Posted 10.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Christian Hempelmann

If our programs can identify jokes reliably, our algorithms might be doing it in the same way that humans do. Luckily, though, we're still far from computers that appreciate humor, rather than just detecting it.

Wired to Prefer 'Cute, Sexy and Sweet'

Madoka Noriuchi | Posted 08.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Madoka Noriuchi

We recently found that only four brain regions play specifically important roles in the mother's brain which is wired for loving her own baby.

The Future-Directed Nature Of Mirth

Matthew Hurley | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Matthew Hurley

How does innately liking sweetness translate into thinking about and seeking out the dessert menu, when there is no ongoing experience of sweetness right there on our tongues to inform us of our enjoyment?

Time to Put Humor Under the Microscope

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner | Posted 08.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhy else would we find things funny and laugh about them -- pretty unusual activities, when you think about it -- unless doing so helped us survive as a species?

Why Do High Heels Make Women More Attractive?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 08.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr Raj Persaud

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat's chic, what's in and what's out, should be predicted by evolutionary theory. Otherwise it will be judged by history as just a passing phase. Eventually as outmoded as shoulder pads from the 1980s.

Open Letter to Skeptics

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.25.2013 | Media
Deepak Chopra

Dear Messrs. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Chris Anderson, On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Chopra Foundation, we are i...

The New Atheism and Evolutionary Religious Studies: Clarifying Their Relationship

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
David Sloan Wilson

What is the relationship between the New Atheism and Evolutionary Religious Studies? This question is surprisingly complex and needs to be answered in at least three steps.

9/11 Gave Birth To Aggressive, Unapologetic 'New Atheists'

Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion

By Kimberly Winston Religion News Service (RNS) In September 2001, Sam Harris was an unknown doctoral student who didn't believe in God. But af...

Is New Atheism A Religion?

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

Defining "religion" is notoriously difficult. Roman Catholicism is clearly a religion. But what about Quakerism? And if you include the Quakers, then what about the Rotarians and the Free Masons?

What's So New About The New Atheism?

Paul Pardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Pardi

The general consensus on the part of professional philosophers on all sides of the question is that the popular arguments being made by new atheists are not all that new.

The Temptation of Faith Fibbing for Jesus

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

The rule that many Christians seem to follow when they lay their hands on their keyboards is "Ridicule your enemies; misrepresent those who hate you; caricature and malign those that mistreat you."

When Doubt Is Sacred

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

While it may not be true that those without a faith need one, it is demonstrably true that people of faith must have questions and doubts. Otherwise their faith becomes a static, lifeless, self-serving doctrine.

Can Science Explain Religion?

The New York Review of Books | H. Allen Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

H. Allen Orr The New York Review of Books The Evolution of God by Robert Wright Little, Brown, 567 pp., $25.99 1. Robert Wright is not afr...

Book Review: '36 Arguments for the Existence of God'

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rabbi David Wolpe

"36 Arguments for the Existence of God" is an intriguingly structured work, tricky but also very traditional; a book that tries to make a serious argument but also tells a captivating story.