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May Discussion: “Existentialism is a Humanism”

(Possibly Part 1 of more than 1) Is there hope? The question is rarely asked. But at times the question becomes consuming, and in those times existentialism appears. In late 1945 Jean-Paul Sartre gave a lecture. He aims, he said, … Continue reading

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Educational Attainment of U.S. Religious Groups

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April Discussion: What makes humans unique?

It seemed pretty obvious to Aristotle: plants grow, animals move, humans think. It’s also pretty obvious to anyone religious: “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish … Continue reading

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March Discussion: Is the universe a simulation?

[I]n dwelling carefully on this reflection I see so manifestly that there are no certain indications by which we may clearly distinguish wakefulness from sleep that I am lost in astonishment. And my astonishment is such that it is almost … Continue reading

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February Discussion: Of Pandas and Plaintiffs

Kitzmiller v Dover is now famous as the first test case on the constitutionality of teaching “intelligent design” (ID) in public schools, involving a six-week trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, dozens of lawyers and witnesses, nine expert witnesses, 342 filed legal … Continue reading

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December Discussion Group: The fact-value distinction

“Water is H2O.” “Murder is wrong.” Are these the same kind of fact? December’s* discussion focused on the fact-value distinction. It goes back centuries; many have tried to solve it. This month we looked at Sam Harris’ attempt in his … Continue reading

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November’s discussion group: Conversion

By Diogenes How does one find God? Or rather, in the case of many BNFree members, lose God? These were the two questions for our November discussion group. The main text was an interesting one, an account of Teresa MacBain. … Continue reading

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Skepticon 9: The Mourning After

This post was written by Diogenes. Skepticon (subtitle: The Ninth) was November 11th-13th. Thus it was pretty obvious that the election would be a subject of discussion and, one thought, of excitement, hope, maybe some cynicism, etc. After November eighth, … Continue reading

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At Last, We Must Walk Together

Many years ago, I read the book Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. (I agree with Happy Skeptic’s assessment: Best. Book. Ever!) Just a few years ago, I finally got into Pratchett’s Discworld series, which I am really … Continue reading

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Some Drive-by Blasphemy

So, I’ve finally gone back to finish watching the last two seasons of Stargate SG-1. I’m three episodes in, and at the very least it’s given me a little food for thought. By the way, to those who have anaphylactic … Continue reading

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