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Tag Archive: science/skepticism

Sep 02 2012

"Traditional" Morality and Anti-Porn Arguments That Fail

So the Republicans have added a section to their official party platform that calls for a crackdown on pornography. Whereas previously, the GOP platform had only addressed child pornography, the new language reads: “Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.” Although this sentence does not technically suggest a …

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Sep 02 2012

“Traditional” Morality and Anti-Porn Arguments That Fail

So the Republicans have added a section to their official party platform that calls for a crackdown on pornography. Whereas previously, the GOP platform had only addressed child pornography, the new language reads: “Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.” Although this sentence does not technically suggest a …

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Aug 20 2012

"Legitimate" Rape Does Cause Pregnancy

…and so do all those other kinds of rape. It amazes me what lengths pro-lifers will go to when trying to justify imposing their version of morality upon the rest of the country. Senate nominee Todd Akin (R-AR) thinks that, even in the case of rape, abortion shouldn’t be necessary. Why? “First of all, from …

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Aug 08 2012

[Guest Post] The Importance of Skepticism and Critical Thinking in American Society

This post was written by a fellow skeptic and student of psychology, Matthew Facciani. At best, a lack of skepticism and critical thinking in our society will leave humanity uneducated, insipid animals. At worst, it will be the cause of our ultimate demise. To begin, I would argue that critical thinking (disciplined thinking that is …

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Aug 01 2012

Because I Am An Atheist

A few months ago, blogger Ian Cromwell wrote a post about how atheism has affected his life and titled it “Because I am an atheist.” In the comments section, others left their own “Because I am an atheist” stories. Then my friend Kate wrote her own version, and now I’ve been inspired to write mine. …

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Jan 12 2012

Is Homosexuality "Unnatural"?

Spoiler alert: no. First, let’s define “natural.” Here’s what Merriam-Webster has to say: “being in accordance with or determined by nature” “having a specified character by nature” “occurring in conformity with the ordinary course of nature : not marvelous or supernatural” “existing in or produced by nature : not artificial” For something to be “unnatural,” then, …

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Jan 26 2011

Preventing Depression

I love it when people who actually know what they’re talking about confirm something I’ve believed for ages. In this case, a study at the Feinberg School of Medicine (that’s Northwestern’s med school) showed that one out of every four or five college students who come to their school’s health center may be suffering from …

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