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Bowling for God

December 2006
Is religion good for society? Science’s definitive answer: it depends
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Is religion a necessary component of social health? The data are conflicting. On the one hand, in a 2005 study published in the Journal of Religion & Society — “Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies” (continue reading…)

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Kramer’s Conundrum

November 2006

After a paroxysm of racial viciousness at the Laugh Factory Friday night, November 17, 2006, Michael Richards, the 57-year old comedian who played Kramer on Seinfeld, explained to David Letterman and his Late Night audience the following Monday, after a barrage of negative publicity: “I’m not a racist. That’s what’s so insane about this.” (continue reading…)

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Wronger than Wrong

November 2006
Not all wrong theories are equal
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In belles lettres the witty literary slight has evolved into a genre because, as 20th-century trial lawyer Louis Nizer noted, “A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.” To wit, from high culture, Mark Twain: (continue reading…)

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Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

October 2006

Michael Shermer discusses his latest book with Steven Novella, President of the New England Skeptics Society, and James Randi discusses the business of astrology.

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Cato Institute Debate

October 2006

Michael Shermer, author of Why Darwin Matters, presented his case against intelligent design in a debate with Jonathan Wells, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute.

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