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Evolution Is True. So What?

David Vognar | Posted 09.09.2016 | Science
David Vognar

We must accept material evolution for what it is and our mental and social worlds for what they are. The fact that we know more about the former than the latter does not negate the importance of mind and interaction in shaping who we are and what we can become.

Atheism Advocate: Religion Is Harming Society And Lives

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

The fundamental problem with religion is that believers--about 5 billion people right now on Planet Earth--are so sure they're "correct" on anything and everything they believe.

Us and Them: The Sociobiology of Bias, Fear, and Hatred

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I concur with the New York Times editorialists who, among others, declared President Obama’s speech in Dallas this week a rhetorical highpoint of a ...

Study: Atheists, Christians more alike than you think

David Briggs | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Atheists and Christians share many of the core universal values that are at the heart of a just, civil society, a new study suggests. There were no m...

Animals, People, and the Humane

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Yes, we care for those we love -- but so do most if not all members of the mammalian class, and no small number of species in other classes as well. Some other mammals are as devoted in their fulfillment of parental obligation as the very best of us.

How Expertise Dies: Of Character, Credentials, and Crap

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Perhaps no topic better illustrates the enormous gap between knowledge and ignorance, and its profound importance to the ambient understanding of all ...

The Purpose of Wonder

Mark Matousek | Posted 05.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

It's amazing to learn that the physical body is primed for awe on a cellular level. Did you know that every morning when you open your eyes, the previ...

The Hidden Religion and Science Conflict

Michael S. Evans | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion
Michael S. Evans

Americans see religion and science as being in conflict, not because elites are engaged in contentious interactions, but because these public representatives of science and religion appear to undermine good debate.

Sir Patrick Bateson: Zoologists Should Not 'Hog' Upcoming Royal Society Evolution Meeting

Suzan Mazur | Posted 03.14.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

With knighthood comes responsibility, and Sir Patrick Bateson takes the honor seriously. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2003 for his service to biology and continues to serve by advancing public understanding of science, by bringing people together, educating.

I'm Finally Breaking Up With Richard Dawkins

Chris Sosa | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Chris Sosa

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm done with Richard Dawkins. As a teenager, the brilliant scientist was among the first to break through my bubble of petty fundamentalism and push me to think critically about the superstitions that envelope our cultures. I miss that guy and have no idea where he went.

#AtheismSoWhite: Atheists of Color Rock Social Justice

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Back in the day, supergroups ruled rock's largely white, largely male landscape. Megaliths like my boys Cream, Blind Faith and Crosby, Stills, Nash a...

Atheists Form Super Group, Name Woman To Top Leadership Role

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

It’s like a royal wedding in the small world of atheist organizations: The Center for Inquiry and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Scie...

Muslim Women and the Militant Atheists

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Soumaya Ghannoushi

It seems it is not only the far right that seizes the opportunity of every calamity that befalls us and every terrorist attack to unleash their exclusionary and hateful rhetoric towards Islam and Muslims. Self-proclaimed enlightened liberals do too.

Trump's Anti-Muslim Sentiment Is Symptomatic of a Deeper Malaise

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

Since the attacks on September 11, 2001 there has been a relentless and carefully crafted campaign in several quarters of social and mainstream media to demonize both Islam and Muslims. The current wave of hatred is neither an overnight occurrence.

Richard Dawkins Compares Ahmed Mohamed To ISIS Child Soldier

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

Richard Dawkins is backpedaling after he posted a tweet Tuesday that compared "clock kid" Ahmed Mohamed to an Islamic State child soldier who was capt...

Does Religion Make Us Worse People?

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There's a well-known phenomenon in churches where young families, many of whom have not been involved in organized religion since before college, retu...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 23. A New Pair of Genes.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Before we left the hospital with Lev, the nurse gave us a little lecture about how important it is not to shake the baby. We've all read about awful incidents in the newspaper often enough to realize why the state has now mandated this little chat with new parents--though I found it odd that they not only explain it, but make both parents sign a document promising we would not violently shake Lev.

Science and Medicine, Fools and Fanatics: The 'Fluidity' of Woo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The American College of Preventive Medicine recently completed a project, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, to advan...

Richard Dawkins: College Students Are Betraying The Free Speech Movement

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.03.2015 | College

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, a famously outspoken atheist, said Friday the trend of students pushing to disinvite speakers on college campu...

Raising Safer Daughters; Raising Better Sons

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There may well be duties in these data for university officials. But there are duties in them for parents, too. The victims are, inescapably, our daughters. The report is shockingly silent on the fact that the perpetrators are, inevitably, our sons.

15 Of Richard Dawkins' Most Controversial Tweets

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 09.22.2015 | Science

For better or worse, Richard Dawkins simply isn't one to bite his tongue. On Sunday, the outspoken evolutionary biologist and best-selling author took...

On and Beyond the Ethics of (Animals) Eating Animals

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For those committed to meat consumption, eating what they kill may offer various advantages over eating what they find sealed in cellophane. But it is a niche admonition at best, impertinent to the masses of us.

Keeping Mind in Mind

Michael Neill | Posted 09.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

When I first began learning about the 3 principles behind the human experience, I just wanted to be happy. I had been seeking to avoid a return to depression for over twenty years, and to my delight, I began to experience a level of well-being that was previously unknown to me.

The Atheists Are Coming Out of a Closet Near You

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 08.10.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

If the folks behind a movement called Openly Secular have their way, more and more American atheists will be coming out of their religion-free closets to declare their unbelief to friends, family and coworkers.

Hey, South Park and Twitter, Why the Religious Mockery?

Donna Carol Voss | Posted 08.10.2016 | Religion
Donna Carol Voss

I follow Richard Dawkins on Twitter. Why, as a devout Mormon, do I follow the world's most prominent (living) atheist? I'm always interested in both sides. Obviously an articulate and intelligent man, Dawkins is also, how do I put it, snarky. Case in point, the following three tweets, all generated in a single day.