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Is Richard Dawkins Really The World's Leading Intellectual?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Dawkins on biology is an elegant, lucid and even enchanting explicator of science. Dawkins on religion is historically uninformed, outrageously partisan and morally obtuse. If Dawkins is indeed our best, the life of the mind is in a precarious state.

Do Doctors Really Discriminate Against The Overweight?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Obesity bias needs to be fixed. We are most likely to fix it when standing on a solid bedrock of understanding it at its origins. We can then replace the crude and obsolete survival-related imperatives bestowed to us in our genes, with the better angels of our nature.

Richard Dawkins And The Unbearable Smugness Of Tweeting

Scott Stephens | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Scott Stephens

Dawkins' views on religion are by now extremely well-known, to the point of cultural saturation thanks to the media's fixation with him. But the dogmatic assertions and withering dismissals that made Dawkins a media-darling lend themselves particularly well to the anarchic medium of Twitter, where his unjustifiable claims can shrug off any residual requirement for justification.

Pope Admits 'Serious Doubts About This Whole Organized Religion Thing,' Announces Resignation

Emmett Rensin | Posted 04.14.2013 | Comedy
Emmett Rensin

After a long night reading the complete works of Christopher Hitchens, binge drinking and googling "proof for God," Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation yesterday, effective February 28th.

Has Science Explained Religion?

KidSpirit | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Although Durkheim, Dawkins, and Alper's explanations are all incomplete, together, they only cover three perspectives of approaching religion in its entirety. Finally, I ask: Will, or can, science ever explain religion?

Atheism's Bronze-Age Goat Herder Conceit

Paul Wallace | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Paul Wallace

The conceit probably originated with Kant: Way back a long time ago we weren't so hot at science. We were babies then, so in the face of an unpredictable world we clung to our religion like mama's skirt. Now we're growing up and must put away childish things: all religion must go.

The End Game: Taking The Bet Of Pascal

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Those who lack the atheists' certitude that there is no afterlife, and who have never seen, and never will see, proof of the existence of God, are the agnostics -- those who do not "presume to know." Some are tempted toward the notion that underlies the famous bet of Blaise Pascal.

Richard Dawkins Follows Prophet Muhammad's Teaching On Freedom

Qasim Rashid | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Yes, whether he admits it or not, Dawkins is endorsing Prophet Muhammad's teaching. And while hell just might have frozen over, perhaps we can work together to a world of freer consciences and fewer mental abuses.

Atheist Seeks To Shake Up S.C. Succession Race

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) announced last week that he would step down in 2013 in order to take the reins at the conservative Heritage Foundation, immed...

Let's Stick to Facts on Evolutionary Theory

Carl Safina | Posted 02.02.2013 | Green
Carl Safina

Evolution is as scientifically accepted as gravity. And while we don't quite understand how gravity works, we know a lot about how evolution works -- much more than Charles Darwin, even with all his genius, could have dreamt.

Indian Rationalist Debunks 'Miracle' Statue As Leaky Plumbing, Accused Of Blasphemy And Forced To Flee

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion

What started with a mysterious trickle, ended in death threats, charges of blasphemy and pleas for asylum from Sanal Edamaruku. The noted Indian ratio...

Seeking Genetically Modified... Perspective

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If I lived in California, I would vote for Proposition 37; it makes sense to be informed. But wholesale opposition to genetic modification makes far less sense.

Handwritten Letter Expressing Albert Einstein's Atheist Beliefs Sells Online For Over 3 Million Dollars

Posted 10.25.2012 | Religion

Albert Einstein's "God Letter" was sold for $3,000,100 to an anonymous online bidder. According to eBay, there were only two bids on the historic d...

Censorship on Campus Is Everyone's Problem (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.16.2012 | Books
Greg Lukianoff

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Evolution, Creation, and the Faux Middle Path

Intent | Posted 11.24.2012 | Science
Intent

The espousal of this pseduo-middle-path-mentality -- this idea that all views are equal, and that creationist and evolutionary perspectives should be taught side by side -- is one factor contributing to the epidemic of anti-intellectualism and anti-scientific backlash that Americans are now known for.

Clash of Paradigms

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 09.14.2012 | Science
David Sloan Wilson

A clash of paradigms is currently taking place for evolutionary theories of social behavior. In this corner, multilevel selection theory (MLST), a configuration of ideas that began with Darwin and has maintained a degree of continuity, in addition to a degree of change, up to the present.

Someone, Not Something: The Truth of Cats and Chickens

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

We get to see firsthand how these animals also have personalities, interests, and individuality -- that they are also someone, not something. But it's not just individuality that defines farm animals.

Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, and the Consensus of the Many

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 08.11.2012 | Science
David Sloan Wilson

Curiously, while the many have spoken against Wilson's outdated views about kin selection, they remain largely silent on Dawkins' outdated views about group selection. I will therefore list points made by Dawkins in his review that have been rejected by the many long ago.

C. S. Lewis On Discarding Old Ideas For New Ones

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Light on the nature of the world can come from any source, whether it is C.S. Lewis or his polar opposite, Richard Dawkins, or simply a song I hear on the radio. In any case, if there is truth to what I hear, I would be foolish to ignore it.

Atheist Dawkins Supports Free Bibles In Schools

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 05.24.2012 | Religion

He is a famed atheist, a disbeliever in the existence of an Almighty, and now an outspoken supporter of bringing Bibles back to state schools in Engla...

The New Atheism and Evolutionary Religious Studies: Clarifying Their Relationship

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
David Sloan Wilson

What is the relationship between the New Atheism and Evolutionary Religious Studies? This question is surprisingly complex and needs to be answered in at least three steps.

WATCH: PBS Amplifies HuffPost Probe of Military Atheists

David Tereshchuk | Posted 06.23.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The weekend saw a rare TV report airing complaints that atheists serving in the military claim about official discrimination against them. It was carried in the perhaps unlikely setting of PBS's "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly," often considered to be a media venue for believers.

Military Atheists -- Under-Reported Fight for Fairness

David Tereshchuk | Posted 06.18.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The freedom to practice any faith -- a freedom that of course embraces the holding of no faith at all: atheism, in other words -- has freshly become a pressing issue in, of all intriguing places, the United States military.

What Is the Best Way to Deal With Supernaturalists in Science and Evolution?

James A. Shapiro | Posted 06.16.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

One of the Creationists' main tools is the argument that evolutionists are simply militant atheists in drag, who care more about dissing religion than about understanding evolution. Pro-evolution debaters will enjoy far more success by active engagement with evolution doubters.

Don't Leave God To Religion

Wendi L. Adamek | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Wendi L. Adamek

If we really want to understand our world and ourselves we need to move on. Science, spirituality, common sense and philosophy need to work together and not against one another.