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Mano Singham

Author's details

Name: Mano Singham
Date registered: January 9, 2012

Biography

I am a theoretical physicist and currently Director of UCITE (University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I am the author of three books: God vs. Darwin: The War Between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom (2009), The Achievement Gap in US Education: Canaries in the Mine (2005), and Quest for Truth: Scientific Progress and Religious Beliefs (2000). You can email me at mano.singham"'at"'case.edu.

Latest posts

  1. More on the recent Obamacare rulings — July 27, 2014
  2. How religious is Hillary Clinton? — July 27, 2014
  3. US and Saudi Arabia cooperation — July 27, 2014
  4. Understanding Gaza — July 26, 2014
  5. Are films really longer now? — July 26, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. On the issue of banning commenters — 121 comments
  2. The ghastly doctrine of original sin — 115 comments
  3. The religious problem for the GOP — 102 comments
  4. The Chick-fil-A controversy — 98 comments
  5. The New York subway ‘jihad poster’ fracas — 94 comments

Author's posts listings

Jul 23 2014

The effect of early exposure to religion on magical thinking

I briefly mentioned before a study that said that children brought up in a religious environment had a harder time distinguishing whether stories that had fantastical elements were real or fictional. Unfortunately, I did not have access to the full paper but reader Raven did have access and he kindly sent me a copy and …

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Jul 22 2014

Film review: Cowboy del Amor (2005)

This is a documentary that by all rights should be offensive and yet it was likable. It tells the story of Ivan Thompson, a 60-year old cowboy from New Mexico who acts as a matchmaker between American men and Mexican women. He stumbled into this business after his own divorce when he placed an ad …

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Jul 22 2014

Secular invocation in Greece

In May of this year, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Greece v. Galloway that governments can open meetings with prayers provided that there was no consistent pattern of discrimination in favor of or against one sect.

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Jul 22 2014

Two major conflicting rulings on Obamacare

In April, I wrote about a legal challenge to Obamacare in which opponents had argued that the text of the ACA law only allowed state health exchanges to provide subsidies for the health insurance premiums and that the federal government should not have been allowed to provide subsidies through its own exchanges in those states …

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Jul 22 2014

The Streisand Effect and Obamacare

Obamacare

Despite the debacle of the Obamacare website at its unveiling and the earnest efforts of the Republican party to derail it (anti-Obamacare groups outspent those in favor by a ratio of 15 to 1), the New England Journal of Medicine reports that 20 million people have enrolled in the plan. (The full report can be …

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Jul 22 2014

What life (and death) is like in Gaza

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It is only 140 square miles and contains 1.8 million people, making it one of the most densely populated places on Earth. It is very small, similar in size and population density to Philadelphia, one of the biggest cities in the US. It is a narrow rectangular strip. The northern, eastern, and western borders are …

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Jul 21 2014

Things you never knew you needed

Stephen Colbert has some fun with an expensive new electric gadget.

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Jul 21 2014

The carnage in Gaza intensifies

Mohammed Suliman sends out a stream of tweets from Gaza that provide an insight into the kinds of surreal thoughts that flood your mind when you await what might well be your own death from a missile strike. It is poignant and tragic. It should be read in conjunction with this report (via Pharyngula) about …

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Jul 21 2014

Medicaid expansion rejection bites back

The expansion of Medicaid health benefits to people who were too poor to be eligible for the health insurance subsidies was supposed to be an integral part of the Affordable Care Act. But the US Supreme Court ruled that it was an option that states could choose to accept or reject. And of course two-dozen …

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Jul 21 2014

Was James Garner a good actor?

Last night, I binge-watched five episodes of The Rockford Files on Netflix in memory of James Garner who died on Saturday. It kept me way past my normal bedtime but it was my way of memorializing someone who gave me, and so many others, hours and hours of pleasure. Unfortunately, Netflix does not have episodes …

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