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All Scientists Should Be Militant Atheists - The New Yorker
The headline is misleading. Argument is that nothing should be unquestionable, neither religion nor science.
science  religion  freedom  law  atheism 
september 2015 by tsuomela
Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
"The big challenge for atheism is not God; it is that of providing an alternative to Spock-ism. We need an account of our place in the world that leaves room for value. What we need, then, is a Kirkian understanding of science and its place in our lives. The world, for Captain Kirk and his ontological followers, is a field of play, and science is a form of action."
atheism  title(StarTrek)  science  culture  attitude 
september 2014 by tsuomela
PLOS ONE: Everything Is Permitted? People Intuitively Judge Immorality as Representative of Atheists
"Scientific research yields inconsistent and contradictory evidence relating religion to moral judgments and outcomes, yet most people on earth nonetheless view belief in God (or gods) as central to morality, and many view atheists with suspicion and scorn. To evaluate intuitions regarding a causal link between religion and morality, this paper tested intuitive moral judgments of atheists and other groups. Across five experiments (N = 1,152), American participants intuitively judged a wide variety of immoral acts (e.g., serial murder, consensual incest, necrobestiality, cannibalism) as representative of atheists, but not of eleven other religious, ethnic, and cultural groups. Even atheist participants judged immoral acts as more representative of atheists than of other groups. These findings demonstrate a prevalent intuition that belief in God serves a necessary function in inhibiting immoral conduct, and may help explain persistent negative perceptions of atheists."
atheism  morality  religion  ethics 
april 2014 by tsuomela
The American Scholar: A New Birth of Reason - Susan Jacoby
"Robert Ingersoll, the Great Agnostic, inspired late-19th-century Americans to uphold the founders’ belief in separation of church and state"
atheism  religion  secularism  american-studies  history  19c 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Far Truth Is For Extremes
"So assuming you actually have a viable choice, the situations where it makes sense to reject religion in favor of far truth are extreme – either there are big personally-useful far contrarian claims to learn, or you have a good shot at being a rare far expert, respected by a community with truth-correlated standards. So if such extremes seem unlikely to you, far truth probably isn’t worth its costs to you."
religion  belief  construal-level-theory  near-far  truth  benefits  psychology  atheism  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
Distrust for Atheists
"The take home point has to do with shifting social alliances. Now that most Americans have abandoned a strong dislike for members of other religions, it’s possible for The Religious to emerge as a socially-meaningful identity group. In other words, once members of different religions begin to see each other as the same instead of different, they can begin to align together. Suddenly atheists become an obvious foe. Instead of one of many types of people who had lost their way (along with people of different faiths), atheists could emerge as uniquely problematic. It is the building of cross-religious alliances, then, that undergirds the strong dislike for atheists specifically."
atheism  sociology  religion  belief  social-status  groups  prejudice  politics  history  american-studies  from delicious
march 2012 by tsuomela
PsycNET - Display Record
"Recent polls indicate that atheists are among the least liked people in areas with religious majorities (i.e., in most of the world). The sociofunctional approach to prejudice, combined with a cultural evolutionary theory of religion's effects on cooperation, suggest that anti-atheist prejudice is particularly motivated by distrust. Consistent with this theoretical framework, a broad sample of American adults revealed that distrust characterized anti-atheist prejudice but not anti-gay prejudice (Study 1). In subsequent studies, distrust of atheists generalized even to participants from more liberal, secular populations. A description of a criminally untrustworthy individual was seen as comparably representative of atheists and rapists but not representative of Christians, Muslims, Jewish people, feminists, or homosexuals (Studies 2–4). In addition, results were consistent with the hypothesis that the relationship between belief in God and atheist distrust was fully mediated by the belief that people behave better if they feel that God is watching them (Study 4). In implicit measures, participants strongly associated atheists with distrust, and belief in God was more strongly associated with implicit distrust of atheists than with implicit dislike of atheists (Study 5). Finally, atheists were systematically socially excluded only in high-trust domains
atheism  religion  trust  belief  psychology  from delicious
february 2012 by tsuomela
Atheism in America: Why won’t the U.S. accept its atheists? - Slate Magazine
We challenge the whole concept that you can’t be good without God. We challenge the idea that religion is important in the first place, and that really makes them uncomfortable.
atheism  religion  fundamentalism  belief  country(UnitedStates)  via:deusx 
february 2012 by tsuomela
The Privilege Delusion - Skepchick
"So here we are today. I am a feminist, because skeptics and atheists made me one. Every time I mention, however delicately, a possible issue of misogyny or objectification in our community, the response I get shows me that the problem is much worse than I thought, and so I grow angrier. I knew that eventually I would reach a sort of feminist singularity where I would explode and in my place would rise some kind of Captain Planet-type superhero but for feminists. I believe that day has nearly arrived."
atheism  community  feminism  privilege  power 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Atheists fed up? Believe it! - Guest Voices - The Washington Post
Where the response to the great popularity of my article has been inadequate is among the media, which continue to pay the chronic anti-atheism problem the minimal attention they always have. The absence of progressive media on the issue is especially remarkable because atheist bashing is part and parcel of the theoconservative PR campaign to discredit all who dare not agree with them. Much as theists need to be kinder to nonsupernaturalists, societal leaders need to regularly address and denounce anti-atheism.
atheism  media  america 
july 2011 by tsuomela
New Atheism = The Tea Party: Reflections on Professors Ruse and Barash - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"In fact, what is fascinating about the New Atheists is their almost complete lack of interest in the history and philosophical development of atheism. They seem not the least bit curious to venture beyond an understanding that reduces atheist thought to crude hyper-empiricism, hyper-materialism, and an undiscriminating anti-theism."
atheism  religion  history  movement  rhetoric  america 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Theory of mind and the belief in God. - By Jesse Bering - Slate Magazine
Either way, this cognitive capacity, this theory of mind, has baked itself into our heads when it comes to our pondering of life's big questions. Unlike any science-literate generation that has come before, we now possess the intellectual tools to observe our own minds at work and to understand how God came to be there. And we alone are poised to ask, "Has our species' unique cognitive evolution duped us into believing in this, the grandest mind of all?"
psychology  mind  mental  theory  belief  religion  evolution  atheism 
february 2011 by tsuomela
TalkOrigins Archive: Exploring the Creation/Evolution Controversy
Talk.origins is a Usenet newsgroup devoted to the discussion and debate of biological and physical origins. Most discussions in the newsgroup center on the creation/evolution controversy, but other topics of discussion include the origin of life, geology, biology, catastrophism, cosmology and theology.
evolution  science  creationism  religion  reference  biology  atheism  education  intelligent-design  about(CharlesDarwin) 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Less Wrong: Atheism = Untheism Antitheism
Hunter-gatherer superstition isn't much like what we think of as "religion". Early Westerners often derided it as not really being religion at all, and they were right, in my opinion. In the hunter-gatherer stage the supernatural agents aren't particularly moral, or charged with enforcing any rules
religion  anthropology  archaeology  philosophy  atheism  theology  reasoning  epistemology 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Figgleton v. Ditchens « Easily Distracted
Reasonable summaries of a number of positions in the arguments over religion a la Dawkins, Hitchens, Eagleton and Fish.
religion  debate  atheism 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Irrelevant rationality
However - and here Bunting is right and the new atheists mistaken - irrationality is a ubiquitous and in some ways desirable aspect of life.
religion  atheism  faith  action  activism  rationality  irrationality  value  philosophy 
april 2009 by tsuomela
The American Spectator : The New Humanism
The new humanism spends little time exalting man as an ideal. It says nothing, or next to nothing, about faith, hope, and charity
atheism  humanism  culture  about(RichardDawkins) 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Less Wrong: Raising the Sanity Waterline
Consider this thought experiment - what could you teach people that is not directly about religion, which is true and useful as a general method of rationality, which would cause them to lose their religions?
religion  atheism  argument  rationality 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The latest research on the correlation between religion and niceness. - By Paul Bloom - Slate Magazine
The sorry state of American atheists, then, may have nothing to do with their lack of religious belief. It may instead be the result of their outsider status within a highly religious country where many of their fellow citizens, including very vocal ones like Schlessinger, find them immoral and unpatriotic.
religion  atheism  psychology  happiness  sociology 
november 2008 by tsuomela
Touchstone Archives: The Skeptical Inquirer
Unbelievers think that skepticism is their special virtue, the key virtue believers lack. Bolstered by bestselling authors, they see the skeptical and scientific mind as muscular thinking, which the believer has failed to develop. He could bulk up if he
religion  faith  reasoning  science  skepticism  atheism 
june 2008 by tsuomela
CFI Research
Research fellowships at the Center for Inquiry.
fellowships  humanism  atheism  academic 
november 2006 by tsuomela

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