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Biologist and writer

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Being 'Openly Secular' Is the First Step To Eliminating the Stigma

(493) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 1:05 PM

It took the threat of a lawsuit before the Air Force agreed on Wednesday to allow an airman to omit the phrase "So help me God" as part of a required oath. They claimed the airman, stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, was ineligible to reenlist...

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논리가 배제되는 '감정의 왕국'

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 12:06 PM

논리가 터부시되고 이성이 감히 끼어들 수 없는 '감정의 왕국'이 존재할까?

윤리학자는 사고 실험을 자주 활용한다. 예를 들어 병원에 말기 환자가 4명 있다고 하자. 필요한 장기가 각자 다른데 기증자는 없다. 그런데 병원에 있는 건강한 남자 한 명을 죽이면 말기 환자들 모두가 필요한 장기를 얻을 수 있다. 한 명의 희생으로 네 사람이...

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Are There Emotional No-Go Areas Where Logic Dare Not Show Its Face?

(115) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Are there kingdoms of emotion where logic is taboo, dare not show its face, zones where reason is too intimidated to speak?

Moral philosophers make full use of the technique of thought experiment. In a hospital there are four dying men. Each could be saved by a transplant of a...

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My Response to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

(11) Comments | Posted May 8, 2008 | 5:28 PM

Dear Shmuley,

I did not say you think like Hitler, or hold the same opinions as Hitler, or do terrible things to people like Hitler. Obviously and most emphatically you don't. I said you shriek like Hitler. That is the only point of resemblance, and it is true. You...

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Sexpelled: No Intercourse Allowed

(9) Comments | Posted April 18, 2008 | 4:18 PM


Sexpelled


Anticipating success with their feature film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Producers Mark Mathis, Logan Craft and Walt Ruloff have already leaked a teaser trailer for the film's sequel. Their "teach the controversy" slogan...

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Executing Saddam Hussein was an Act of Vandalism

(82) Comments | Posted January 3, 2007 | 10:36 AM

The obvious objections to the execution of Saddam Hussein are valid and well aired. His death will provoke violent strife between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and between Iraqis in general and the American occupation forces. This was an opportunity to set the world a good example of civilized behaviour in...

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Why There Almost Certainly Is No God

(574) Comments | Posted October 23, 2006 | 12:19 PM

America, founded in secularism as a beacon of eighteenth century enlightenment, is becoming the victim of religious politics, a circumstance that would have horrified the Founding Fathers. The political ascendancy today values embryonic cells over adult people. It obsesses about gay marriage, ahead of genuinely important issues that actually make...

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Coming Out Against Religious Mania

(23) Comments | Posted August 4, 2005 | 12:40 PM

Congratulations to Sam Harris on a characteristically brilliant broadside. His book, The End of Faith is one of those books that deserves to replace the Gideon Bible in every hotel room in the land.

Articles like Harris's are valuable, not because they will change the minds of...

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God's Gift to Kansas

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2005 | 5:00 PM

Excerpted from my article in The Times (London) May 21, 2005, "Creationism: God's gift to the ignorant":

Science feeds on mystery. As my colleague Matt Ridley has put it: “Most scientists are bored by what they have already discovered. It is ignorance that drives them on.” Science mines ignorance....

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