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Do Democracy, Mass Education, and Economic Prosperity Weaken God Belief?

Michael Shermer thinks so, and he has some data that supports him. Writing at Scientific American, here he is on democracy and mass education: One factor [in the decline of God belief internationally] is the dramatic spread of democracy around … Continue reading

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Charles Sanders Peirce on the Method of Tenacity

In 1877 the great scientist and logician, Charles Sanders Peirce, wrote a mercifully short, but not simplistic, essay for Popular Science Monthly titled, “The Fixation of Belief.” It’s a stunner. I stumbled across it in a 1964 anthology of philosophy essays, … Continue reading

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For the Trapped Chilean Miners, Maria Campillay Heeded an Inner Call

In the Los Angeles Times last weekend, a worker at Camp Hope was profiled. Her name is Maria Campillay: Maria Campillay? She’s a social worker in the neighboring town of Caldera who took an indefinite and unpaid leave from her government … Continue reading

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Life on Titan?

According to Ars Technica, new atmospheric data, and two new science papers, are pointing to some things that are consistent with life on Titan: Something strange is afoot in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan, according to data sent back … Continue reading

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Today’s Question

If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, is faith the last refuge of a failed thesis?   Or might faith be that place where you reach the end of all that you can figure and do, and, in … Continue reading

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Alien Abductions, Epistemology, and Eyewitness Testimony

If you believe in, say, the resurrection of Jesus or the historic existence of Cleopatra based on eyewitness testimony, why don’t you believe what these apparently sincere folks are saying as well? What makes some forms of eyewitness testimony more credible … Continue reading

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Monotheism “depends on the circumstances in which it finds itself”: Robert Wright on King Josiah and the Evolution of God Belief

At Salon.com today, Robert Wright offers his take on King Josiah, the severe monotheist and zealously iconoclastic (that is, idol destroying) king in the biblical Book of Kings, as well as the evolution of Hebrew monotheism to a kinder, gentler form … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Andrew Sullivan today: [D]oubt can never be a danger. Banishing doubt is the danger.

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