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The Unquenchable and Endless Thirst for War -- Thomas Paine Warns the NeoCons Are Coming... Again!

Ian Ruskin | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.

The Real Reason Why 'I Can't Do What I Know I Need to Do'

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Recognizing the shadow aspects of ourselves, those parts that we have denied, disowned, or attempt to conceal from others, is a powerful step in the process of becoming a more self-accepting person, which is a pretty important aspect of any successful relationship.

Do Unexpected Things Ever Happen for a Reason?

Tom Morris | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Tom Morris

Their concern is that in a broad cross section of people, whether religious or not, there seems to be a strong natural tendency to see intentions, purposes, and goals at work in life, far beyond the explicit actions of people or other conscious animals.

Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

The Morality of Artificial Intelligence and the Three Laws of Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

I'm all for development of superior machine intelligence that can help the world out with its brilliant analytical skills. But programming AI with mammalian ideas, modern-day philosophies, and the fallibilities of the human spirit is dangerous and will possibly lead to total chaos.

After the Drones: Open Letter to President Obama

Suna Senman | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Suna Senman

While you send our drones and other military might to physically arrest the "cells" like radiation and chemotherapy, invest in building healthy cells to replace these.

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

Ranking America's Best and Worst State Highway Systems

Reason Foundation | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
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More money is going to state highways, but there has been very little progress in improving their condition according to the 21st Annual Highway Repor...

How Cops Became Robbers

Reason | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
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One afternoon in August 2012, Mandrel Stuart was driving with his girlfriend into Washington, D.C., when a Fairfax County cop pulled him over on Inter...

Why Are There No News Helicopters Over Ferguson?

Reason | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
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One of the strangest things about the tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri, in which heavily armed cops, and now the national guard, have clashed wit...

To Avoid More Fergusons, Make Cops Wear Cameras

Reason | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
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As Reason's Ronald Bailey pointed out last year, "Watched cops are polite cops."...

Baggage Culture and Why Embracing Transhumanism Doesn't Come Easy

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

For many thousands of years now, the human race has been indoctrinated to submit to orthodoxy and to cower before authority, and to swallow endless nonsense from both.

God and the Multiverse

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In a broad sense of that term, reading Max Tegmark'sOur Mathematical Universe is akin to a religious experience. I would not be at all surprised if Tegmark felt a similar sense of excitement in writing this massively learned yet wonderfully accessible book.

A World Future Society Conference Speech: Everyone Faces a Transhumanist Wager

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem. Each one of us has a problem. In fact, no matter where you go on the planet, no matter who you find, every single person on Earth has this same dire problem.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

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This Magazine Cover Depicts Today's Gamers As Sexist Males Who Smoke Pot

HuffingtonPost.com | Taylor Casti | Posted 05.09.2014 | Technology

"Reason" magazine, a monthly libertarian publication "covering politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, a...

The Cost Of The Death Penalty

Reason | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
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Is the death penalty too expensive and ineffective to keep? ...

Upgrading From Prayer to Reason

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The first Thursday in May is a peculiar day for many Americans as it's a day set aside for government to intrude in their private religious practices. On May 1, the National Day of Prayer, government officials from city council to president ask citizens to join them in supplication.

Man Rousted At Gunpoint After License Plate Scanner Misreads Plate

Reason | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
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One of the downsides of all of the new gee-whiz identification technology law enforcement is adopting (usually with hefty federal subsidies) is that i...

Mayor's Gripes Over Parody Twitter Account Prompt Police Raid

Reason | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
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Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him....

Why The Supreme Court Should Allow Cameras

Reason | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
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In February, Lord David Neuberger, the president of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, addressed a conference in Northern Ireland on the topic o...

Why Jeb Bush May Be The Wrong Messenger For The GOP

Reason | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
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Let it be noted that Jeb Bush deserves kudos for making sense on the immigration issue....

Inside The Corrupt Reality Of Government

Reason | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
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The only mild complaint against the critically acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad is that the premise is a stretch....

Poll Finds Americans Believe A Huge Amount Of Politicians Are Corrupt

Reason | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
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Americans don’t paint a pretty picture of their public servants in the new national Reason-Rupe poll....

If You Don't Want A SWAT Team At Your Door, You Shouldn't Be Drinking Tea

Reason | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
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Why did a SWAT team raid Bob and Addie Harte's house in Leawood, Kansas, two years ago, then force the couple and their two children to sit on a couch...