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Why The Conservative Myth Of 'Traditional Marriage' Falls Flat

Reason | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

In the battle over same-sex marriage, opponents are strongly in favor of deferring to the wisdom of our ancestors....

Here's Where Legal Weed Could Come Soon

Reason | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics

The march towards good sense and marijuana freedom continues apace....

How To Really Debate Creationists

Reason | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

Yesterday, Ken Ham, nutty founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Kentucky debated Bill Nye, the Science Guy on the evidence for Youn...

Why Scalia Is Right To Worry About Another Internment Ruling

Reason | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court was designed to be an anti-democratic institution, one that would reject what’s politically popular and instead do what’s c...

Obama Retreats From The War On Drugs

Reason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The American people once elected a president who favored decriminalizing marijuana. Jimmy Carter endorsed the change in 1976 as a candidate and again ...

The Perception of Truth

Eldon Taylor | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

Perception is not truth -- and sometimes it is a lie. It is false to facts. If we are to become awake, it is incumbent upon us to seek the truth.

Four Reasons Why You Are Probably Not Going to Hell

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

This may come as a shock, but despite what your ex says about you, you're probably not going to Hell. Relieved? Good! But I hate to break it to you that your ex isn't going to Hell either.

Gay Fellows, Dead Cats and Sanctuaries

James Peron | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
James Peron

Yes, I could quibble with Mencken on some of his wording, but his general sentiments are my own. While I can make a list as long as my arm of thinkers who have influenced me, in the end it is my responsibility to formulate my own credo.

Back to the Struggle Against Ignorance

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As a society we seem to no longer place high value in scientific knowledge, intellectual excellence or, for that matter, artistic creativity -- three elements that have heretofore contributed to the greatness of our society. Can we get back on track?

Richard Dawkins Plays God: The Video (Updated)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.19.2013 | Media
Deepak Chopra

Richard Dawkins has publicly declared that religion is the "root of all evil," which became the title of his first big television hit in the UK, broadcast in 2006. Its follow-up, in 2007, allowed me to meet him in person. He invited me to answer a few questions on camera, and I did.

Fish Discover Water Last

Iram Ganju | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Iram Ganju

Part One The boundary between what is custom and what is law, differs from culture to culture. The lines can become blurred without our knowledge and...

Priceless Power of Labeling: Lessons From 'Obama's Scandals'

Kare Anderson | Posted 07.18.2013 | Media
Kare Anderson

Rather than jumping into the heated battle of competing narratives about Obama's three "scandals" or ignoring this high-stakes story, follow it for insights on how to influence by labeling.

Don't Blame Empathy

Jodi Halpern | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jodi Halpern

People care about more than numbers. They care so much about subjective well-being that they are willing to trade years of life for improved quality of life. Cold reason is really not sufficient to assess anyone's quality of life. That evaluation requires a robust application of empathy.

Reason Is Better than Prayer (for Government)

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Every year on the first Thursday of May a peculiar thing happens: the president and government officials across the nation ask us to pray.

LL Cool J & Brad Paisley "Live For You," Plus A Conversation With Todd Rundgren

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.09.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

As a respite from the deafening hullabaloo surrounding "Accidental Racist," here's a sneak peak at another brand new Brad Paisley/LL Cool J track, "Live For You."

Humans Are Unique Animals Because Evolution Gave Us Angst

Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Science
Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.D.

Philosophers and scientists have long debated whether there is something unique about Homo sapiens that sets us apart from all of the other animals. It's not a question of whether we should feel like special humans - it's a question of whether in some way we are actually special animals.

The Top Ten Reasons Why The Top Ten Reasons Don't Matter

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 01.19.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide humanity into two kinds of people and those who don't.

Is Having Children Ethical?

Paul Rasmussen | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Paul Rasmussen

Are parents who have large families because they believe it is a divine commandment or because they take pride in their family heritage any less capable of creating "life-enhancing relationships" with their children than, say, educated professionals who wait until there are financially stable?

Where Does Morality Come From?

KidSpirit | Posted 12.20.2012 | Religion

Is morality like the laws of physics, ironclad dicta from nature? Or is morality like language, where there is no "right answer" but different languages that different groups of people speak? These are eternal questions with many answers.

Reading The Bible As Reason Not Revelation

Yoram Hazony | Posted 10.28.2012 | Religion
Yoram Hazony

Reading the Hebrew Scriptures as reason rather than revelation, we find a book entirely different from the one many people are taught to expect. Once approached in this light, we may never read the Bible the same way again.

Faith, Hope and Reason

Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2012 | Science
Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D.

Why the laws of nature came to exist is an unknowable, but on the other hand how the laws of nature function is not only knowable but also important to know.

A Reasonable Celebration

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

On the National Day of Reason religious people of all sorts join non-believers in recognizing that a government of the people should use reason as the basis for creating and enforcing its laws and regulations.

Obsessed With Success: David Brooks Warns of Cultural Decline

Nicole Glass | Posted 06.24.2012 | College
Nicole Glass

This fixation we have on productivity is an epidemic that is destroying character and transforming men into automatons.

Santorum, Cardinal Dolan And The Tinfoil Hat: Who Gets Into The Public Square?

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
G. Elijah Dann

Santorum and Dolan are at least right on one point. No one should be saying that religious people can't participate in the public square. The reality is, however, the public square has a cacophony of voices.

Obama's Chances in 2012: A Season for Reason

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

There is a widespread shrug of the shoulders among Democrats -- "Romney wouldn't be so bad." But this in essence is a silent vote for unreason and a kick in the teeth to President Obama and his complete loyalty to reasoned policies.