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The Return of Project Blitz Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science You might have noticed that when a discriminatory, religion-privileging, science-denying bill gets introduced in one state’s legislature, the same kind of bill tends to start popping up in other legislatures as well. This is no accident. While Christian nationalists and religious-Right zealots have coordinated state-level lobbying …

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The Devil’s in Your Cell Phone Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science We would like to think of exorcisms as an ugly chapter in human history, from a time when backward, helplessly ignorant people, frightened by things they couldn’t understand, came to believe that literal demons could inhabit the bodies of victims, causing all manner of damage, sickness, …

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Praying into the Void Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science If prayer actually worked—that is, if praying actually had some power to affect anything in the real world—it stands to reason that those whose wellbeing is most prayed for would feel the effects. Outside of the sudden outpourings of “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of …

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The Religious Freedom Force Field Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science In the current political climate, it seems more and more like the terms religious freedom and religious liberty are magic words. They cast a powerful spell that defies all logic by cloaking one in an impenetrable shield, rendering one immune to any and all responsibility for one’s actions. As Robyn …

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Yaron Brook on Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, and Objectivism Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic In episode 197, Michael speaks with entrepreneur, writer, and activist Yaron Brook about Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Objectivism; individualism vs. collectivism; the nature of human nature; altruism, cooperation, reparations, and charity; the starting point of morality and the foundation of ethics; collective action problems and how they are best solved; our moral …

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OPEN DISCUSSION AUGUST 2021 Moderator Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science This thread has been created for discussion on themes relevant to Reason and Science for which there are not currently any dedicated threads. Please note that our Comment Policy applies as usual. There is a link to this at the foot of the page. If you …

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Osteopathy Then and Now Harriet Hall, M.D. Skeptic

Read More Skeptic What is osteopathy? What is the difference between an MD, a DO, and an osteopath in the US? Why do students choose a DO school? Should the DO degree be abolished? Find out what Harriet Hall, M.D. says in this column from Skeptic magazine 26.1 (2021).

Chris Edwards on Educational Reform and Thought Experiments Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Michael Shermer speaks with Chris Edwards about educational reform, his study and teaching of world history, the problems in K–12 education, the zip-code model vs. the seat time model of education and how they result in massively different educational outcomes, how “no child left behind” left children behind, federal vs. state educational …

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eSkeptic for July 17, 2021 Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic In episode 193, Michael Shermer speaks with Chris Edwards about educational reform and thought experiments. Plus, Harriet Hall, M.D. discusses osteopathy. What is it? What is the difference between an MD and a DO? Should the DO degree be abolished?