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Time to Wake Up! Spirituality Versus Religion: A Dead End

Alan Jones | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Alan Jones

I was brought up (well, sort of brought up -- my parents never went to church except for the odd funeral and occasional wedding) in a tradition which ...

Sam Harris, Waking Up, and What I've Learned about Spirituality

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The longer I live, the more convinced I become that there is a religious experience which, if you have yet to figure this out, goes by many names.

Morality, the Zeitgeist, and D**k Jokes: How Post-Carlin Comedians Like Louis C.K. Have Become This Generation's True Philosophers

Nick Simmons | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Nick Simmons

They said it about Hicks, and they said it about Carlin: they were not only comedians, but great thinkers. They were cultural commentators, who just happen to pepper in some d**k jokes for good measure.

The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in.

My Favorite Atheist

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Modern atheists could learn a great deal from Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872), the German thinker who inspired the atheism of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Curtis M. Wong

'Star Search' Icon On Life, Love, Liver And Liza

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Sam Harris says he approached writing the 16 essays that appear in his first book, Ham: Slices of a Life, with the same vigor displayed on his nine st...

Dare to Be 100: The Flynn Effect -- Smarter and Older

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

James Flynn is a New Zealand psychologist who proposed in 1987 that the world is getting smarter. (1) He based his summary statements on observations ...

Overcoming Historical Amnesia: Muslim Contributions to Civilization

Craig Considine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

People who forget or ignore major events in world history can be said to suffer from "historical amnesia." Though this mindset cannot be cured in one short blog post, I hope to dispel some of the stereotypes and misperceptions by highlighting the contributions that Muslims have made to civilization.

Sam Harris: Talk to Me About Morality, Not Your Superiority

Andrew Schwartz, M Div. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

Sam Harris is offering $20,000 to anyone who can refute, disprove the central thesis of his book The Moral Landscape.

Open Letter to Skeptics

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.25.2013 | Media
Deepak Chopra

Dear Messrs. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Chris Anderson, On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Chopra Foundation, we are i...

The Evolution of Lying

Rob Brooks | Posted 07.16.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

Rather than simply cheating -- trying to gain from another's cooperative behaviour without behaving cooperatively yourself -- lying adds another way of operating. By misleading the other individual, one can trick that individual into cooperating.

New Atheists, Old Tricks

Davide Mastracci | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Davide Mastracci

I am an atheist because I tend to not believe in things I have no evidence for. Yet New Atheists believe scores of myths, with no evidence, about Muslims and Islam.

Curtis M. Wong

Gay 'Star Search' Veteran On His Most Personal Show Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices

With stage and screen credits, nine studio albums and a “Star Search” title to his name, Sam Harris can wax poetic about more than three decades...

Is Richard Dawkins a Racist?

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 06.28.2013 | Religion
Usaama al-Azami

Dawkins and his fellows may remonstrate that what they object to is a belief system, freely adopted by its holders, but they are still participating in the unhealthy marginalization of a minority group.

Even If It Was A Muslim, So What?

Vlad Chituc | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

There have always been fringes in every group that will kill for their cause, but we rarely extrapolate beyond their group membership to make generalizations based on religion, ideology or color. But if we find out tomorrow that the bomber was a Muslim, then I don't think we can say the same. And that's a problem.

'We Are Made Of Star Stuff': Religion In The 21st Century

Akash Arasu | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Akash Arasu

Religion has always been a broad topic. Rather than simply being two sides of the same coin, a discussion on religion is an octagonal die, loaded with biases, experiences and deeply rooted beliefs. In the end, everyone must find their own, without treading on others.

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.

'Good Guys With Guns' Will Not Stop Gun Massacres

Bob Cesca | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Here's why the left always loses the gun control debate: we're too inclined to acquiesce on serious points -- to concede to the immovable, uncompromising gun people.

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 Science Of Reincarnation?

Derek Beres | Posted 12.28.2012 | Science
Derek Beres

By entertaining such philosophies, we inevitably waste valuable time wishing things here were different. Instead of changing our circumstances (or our attitude toward existence), we project our attention to some future destination.

The Real Problem With Atheism

Paul Wallace | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Paul Wallace

What scares me? Plenty of things. "The Shining" scares me. Cancer scares me. The vulnerability of my children scares me. And for a number of years now the New Atheists have scared me.

The 'Sam Bacile' Election

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The avalanche of anonymous and unaccountable campaign cash that is currently marinating our nation's politics this election cycle can be likened to the tactics of "Sam Bacile."

Atheists Ignore Islamophobia At Their Peril

Chris Stedman | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

If too many are only willing to stand up against hate directed at ourselves and other members of our community, then we are not truly against hate or for social justice--we are merely for ourselves.

Five Recommendations for a New Politeness

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.04.2012 | Media
Roy Speckhardt

With political correctness an irreformable term, and chivalry having its own baggage, perhaps we can learn to be polite without allowing it to hamper our ability to be opinionated.

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.