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Steve Hindes

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Think For Yourself: Sex and The Frankenstein Effect

(15) Comments | Posted March 10, 2006 | 2:43 PM

South Dakota is rolling itself back to the "traditional" pre-Roe v. Wade policies of a time when legislators knew exactly what God's will was and exactly how everyone else should conduct themselves morally. Perhaps there are people out there who need their legislators to make their moral decisions for them,...

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Think For Yourself! The God Reflex Tells Us How to Write Laws for 2006

(10) Comments | Posted February 28, 2006 | 10:22 PM

With 2006 underway we find many important issues in public policy being addressed from the perspective of God's supposed opinion on the issue. The role of God in public policy is no sophomoric foil, as the many deaths over the Moslem cartoons remind us. There are so many such issues...

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Think for Yourself: Is it Regrettable but Acceptable to Kill Civilians?

(12) Comments | Posted January 17, 2006 | 12:28 PM

This past weekend a U.S. air strike killed at least seventeen persons although it did not kill the intended target, an al Qaeda top operative who did not show at the event as expected. The question to us as citizens is whether such errors are a regrettable but reasonable...

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Think for Yourself!: Give Me Validation or Give Me Death

(7) Comments | Posted January 1, 2006 | 9:05 PM

Throughout history, censorship of inquiry, speech, and writing was the norm in institutions private, religious, political, and academic; it was, of course, deeply oppressive to the development of civilization. Many of the events are infamous and yet they represent only a tiny fraction of such tragedies. Consider Anaxagoras, Socrates, and...

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Think For Yourself! John McCain and Our Republic Draw the Line on Semantics, Weasel Words, and Torture

(21) Comments | Posted December 18, 2005 | 5:08 PM

John McCain's amendment to ban torture, despite the vigorous opposition and threat of veto by George Bush, Dick Cheney, and many senators and congressmen, accumulated overwhelming and veto-proof majorities in the House and the Senate. In this imperfect but still great American system, Bush and his faithful followers had no...

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Think for Yourself: Science Gives you More Than Your Viagra

(59) Comments | Posted December 13, 2005 | 3:27 PM

The press has been reminding us again that the U.S. is losing its international leadership in the sciences (see Jim Holt in the New York Times Magazine, Sunday 12/11/05). And it is true. Many other countries now perform as well as we do in the production of new graduates in...

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Think for Yourself: Is Science "Just Another Religion"?

(45) Comments | Posted December 8, 2005 | 11:31 AM

We’ve all heard that one before. We are in an argument that we thought was settled if not at the time of Hippocrates then at least with Newton, that science delivers better answers for objective phenomena than intuition, faith, and religion. We are told, however, that science has no better...

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