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The End of the World: Bart Ehrman on What the Bible Really Says About the End Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Shermer and Ehrman discuss: Ehrman’s religious journey • Who wrote the Bible and why? • how to read the Bible and the book of Revelation • Who wrote Revelation and why? • why Jesus spoke in parables • why worry about climate change if the world is going to end soon? • David Koresh and Waco • Reagan and […]

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Baptism by Fire: How Christian Violence Abetted the Advent of Nationalism Chris Edwards Skeptic

Read More Skeptic In the Fourth Century, when the Emperor Constantine made the Roman Empire Christian, he created an unstable amalgam. The tenets of Christianity could only be made to support the exercise of political power through torturous forms of theology and logic. Fifteen centuries of violence would eventually cause the combination of Christianity and

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Kevin Kelly — ChatGPT, OpenAI, and Excellent Advice for Living Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Shermer and Kelly discuss: protopian progress • ChatGPT • artificial intelligence; an existential threat? • evolution • cultural progress • self-driving cars • innovation • social media • putting an end to war • compound interest and the long term effect of small changes • why you don’t want to be a billionaire • beliefs and

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The Christian Nationalist Threat Gets Real Katherine Stewart Skeptic

Read More Skeptic What are we to make of the fact that a number of far-right politicians and activists are now owning the label “Christian Nationalist”? Conversely, conservative Christian leaders are repudiating Christian nationalism by reframing it as a type of extremism relegated to the fringe or, oddly, a “virulent form of secularism”. According to

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Wrongfully Convicted, Ultimately Acquitted — Amanda Knox on Criminal Injustice and Why It Happens Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Amanda Knox spent four years in an Italian prison for a crime she did not commit. In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted

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The Death of Havana Syndrome (2016-2023): R.I.P. Robert Bartholomew Skeptic

Read More Skeptic The convoluted saga of ‘Havana Syndrome’ appears to be winding down with the release of a new assessment by five different U.S. intelligence agencies concluding that involvement of a foreign adversary is “very unlikely.” The Syndrome was first reported in American diplomats in Cuba in late 2016 and consisted of a series

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Paul Zak — Immersion: The Science of the Extraordinary and the Source of Happiness Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Shermer and Zak discuss: neuroeconomics, neuromanagement, and neuromarketing • Zak’s work with the CIA and DARPA • immersion and how is it quantified (with a formula) • monotony of the mundane • the ordinary and extraordinary • peak-end storytelling • immersion in advertising, entertainment, education, attractions, marriage, and retail • what makes

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Iranian Schoolgirl “Chemical Attacks”: Mass Poisonings or Mass Hysteria? Robert Bartholomew Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Since November 2022, scores of girls in schools across Iran, have reportedly fallen victim to mysterious attacks with poison gas, sparking protests and outrage. While authorities are baffled, these incidents have all the hallmarks of mass psychogenic illness. In recent decades, remarkably similar outbreaks have occurred in different parts of the world

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Science Cannot Be Tongue-Tied Jeff Dellinger Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science From the Richard Dawkins Foundation Newsletter. Subscribe here. Hello! It might be funny, if it weren’t so worrisome. Recent weeks have seen some absurd new instances of science beset by would-be censors operating under the banner of “inclusion.” Examples are many, and they come from all over

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