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Which Sort Of Atheist Or Agnostic Are You?

Christopher Silver has developed a six-type categorization of atheists and agnostics… and atheist/agnostics. […]

The Incidence of Trent Franks Thinking is Very Low

It is possible, even from the great distance of Maine, to hear the DC press corps exhale with a collective “OMiGod” at the remarkably ignorant declaration of Republican Congressman Trent Franks, who […]

Senate Hides Behind Secret Votes in Defunding Research

To no small degree, the United States of America rose in prominence because of innovation, and to no small degree that innovation has been funded through research funded directly by the federal government and indirectly through its support of higher education. In economist Edwin Mansfield’s classic study of American industrial innovation, for instance, he finds […]

Irregular Times Domestic Donation: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Every time someone takes home one of our liberal sweat-free made in the USA shirts, we set aside a dollar to donate to a good political cause within the United States. This month, our donation goes to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Conservative columnists and politicians are spending a lot of time lately […]

Irregular Times Donation: the Electronic Frontier Foundation

This morning, I started to research Barack Obama’s nominees to watchdog civil liberties through the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and what I found about nominee Rachel Brand wasn’t pretty. As one of the members of the Bush administration in the Justice Department specializing in legal policy regarding the “War on Terror,” Brand repeatedly […]

Intercessory Prayer Science Goes Quiet after Rejection of God Hypothesis

You may recall that a few years ago, there was a certain degree of excitement in some religious circles over the imminent publication of research findings regarding the effect of “intercessory prayer” (prayer at a distance) on health. The God Hypothesis, popular in a number of religious communities, predicts that people praying at a distance […]

The Power of Celebrity Cuts Cloth In Port

This week the expedition, out of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, reported the results of its observations. In the meantime, the Plastiki has not yet made it out of port. […]

Zeal for Torture Higher Among Churchy Americans

If Obama is seeking to create a base of political support using America’s churches, institutions that he used as campaign tools in 2008, then he can solidify that base by acting in support of torture. […]

Atheist Americans Who Are Not Atheists

These results discredit the notion that some religious preachers put forward that “atheism” is really some kind of religion. […]

Fund Ocean Acidification Research, Not Anti-Sex Mumbo Jumbo

That 176 million dollars being spent on abstinence-only education could be spent much better in other places – such as the proposed research into the problem of ocean acidification. […]

Virginity Pledges Create Liars, Not Abstinence

Take the 200 million tax dollars spent on ineffective abstinence-only education, and reinvest it in comprehensive sex education programs that will encourage teenagers to use birth control when they do have sex, and our economy will benefit significantly from reduced levels of teenage pregnancy and parenthood. […]