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Memo to Neuroscience: "We Are Not Brain Puppets"

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.21.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

The notion that human beings walk, talk, think, and do things because our brains control us is a fringe idea, easily refuted with a few moment's thoug...

Is CNN America's Most Islamophobic Network?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

If the answer to this question is "no," a case can still be made that the cable news network is on track to rival Fox News in promoting the worst Islamophobic stereotypes. The latest controversy involving an interview with Reza Aslan raises serious concerns about CNN's willingness to tap into and reinforce widespread prejudices against Islam in order to generate ratings.

Thank You, Ben Affleck

Farhana Khera | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Farhana Khera

Ben is talking about Muslims who aspire to the same things that all people of genuine good will aspire to, aspirations widely shared by most Americans. Hard work. Raising a family. Giving to charity. Practicing our faith. And the opportunity to do so free of judgment -- certainly free of fear or violence.

At War With Islam?

Nida Khan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

As the fight against ISIS/ISIL continues, and so do our campaigns to fight terrorism around the world, we are bound to be reminded that we are not in a war against Islam. But why is it that when I turn on the news, listen to people discuss Islam or look at images of Muslims in popular culture, it damn sure feels like we are.

The Geopolitics of Oil Promotes Islamic Fundamentalism. Ben Affleck's Political Correctness Doesn't. Tell Sam Harris.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It feels good for many people to look at Islam without looking at the bigger picture of geopolitics and foreign policy, but doing so allows us to repeat the same mistakes, while focusing intently on only part of the problem.

Kristof Gets It Wrong

Matthew Chapman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Media
Matthew Chapman

I am a big fan of Nicholas Kristof so I was disappointed by his argument with Sam Harris and Bill Maher and his defense of his position in his New York Times column today. Kristof thinks he's defending the moderate; in fact, he's empowering the fanatic.

Bill Maher Is Unusually Conservative on Islam

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.09.2014 | Media
Dale Hansen

For all of the great work Bill Maher does by adding an unapologetically liberal voice to sensitive topics, his recent heated debate with actor Ben Affleck and author Sam Harris has put Bill at odds with many liberals. The biggest problem with Bill's stance is that he seems content to shout into the wind.

Want to Destroy ISIS? Deny Weapons to Saudi Arabia Until Their Women Can Vote and Drive

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

I detest religious extremism, but what I detest equally is funding this plague and pretending the billions in weapons we give to Islamic fundamentalists isn't the primary reason that ISIS and other terrorist groups exist.

Ben Affleck vs. Bill Maher: A Totally Biased Viewer's Account

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

On October 3rd, Ben Affleck finally said what a lot of us have been hoping someone would say loud and angry enough to make Maher listen.

Another Bill Maher/Ben Affleck Post

Walker Bragman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Media
Walker Bragman

To Mr. Maher and Mr. Harris directly: please walk back your statements. I'm not denying that the Muslim world is filled with hate, homophobia, intolerance and more violence than the western world. I just don't want everyone thinking all atheists are like you guys.

Why Ben Affleck Is Right, Bill Maher Is Wrong, And Sam Harris Is Jaded About Islam

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

When Ben Affleck differentiates the extremists from the overwhelming majority of peaceful Muslims, and when Harris and Maher claim that polls indicate the extreme are a larger part of the overall pie than we think, Affleck's argument is not only stronger, but correlates to the raison detre for both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

What Is It Like to Be Sam Harris?

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

It's difficult to assert, as Harris does, that if people just think about it enough, they will come to understand that their most basic sense of consciousness is not really there. The advantage of such an approach is that it conveniently elides the conclusions that many would be drawn to make.

New Atheism: Is It Dead or an Idea Worth Saving?

Dan Arel | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

New atheism is far from dead because it is a term to simply describe vocal atheists who came out of the closet after 9/11 and attacked religion around the world like it had not seen in the past, but it also is not a term one needs to simply identify with.

Can Sam Harris Wake Us Up? (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Deepak Chopra

Most of us recognized ourselves in the mirror this morning.  The person looking back at us has a familiar name, a family, a job.  He (or she) carrie...

Can Sam Harris Wake Us Up?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Deepak Chopra

It caused a stir when Sam Harris, in a new book titled Waking Up, changed his message from militant atheism to peaceful Buddhism.

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 | 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...