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Mano Singham

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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. Call for higher taxes on the rich — April 15, 2014
  2. Abusing prosecutorial power — April 15, 2014
  3. Children’s judo — April 15, 2014
  4. Oh goody! Another end of the world prediction — April 15, 2014
  5. Help Ed Brayton fight a lawsuit — April 15, 2014

Most commented posts

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

Author's posts listings

Apr 11 2014

How good are experts at discriminating?

Jonah Lehrer, the writer for the New Yorker who lost his job when it was discovered that he was recycling content and manufacturing quotes, had an interesting article before his disgrace where he discussed how hard it was for people, when subjected to double-blind tests, to discriminate between wines, not being able to tell the …

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Apr 11 2014

The effect of the internet on the decline of religion

I have been saying for some time that the internet is a real danger to religion. A new paper by Allen B. Downey of the Olin School of Engineering argues that what I had merely guessed at might be generally true. By controlling for other variables such as religious upbringing and education, the author finds …

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Apr 11 2014

Friendly scam artists

Everyone is (or should be) familiar with the infamous Nigerian 419 scam in which people write to you saying that there is this enormous fortune that needs to be taken out of some country and that if you are willing to assist, you will get a share of the proceeds. Everyone has received them would …

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Apr 10 2014

The Daily Show on Noah

Jon Stewart looks the reactions of Christians to the new film.

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Apr 10 2014

They are not ‘bug splats’

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The drone operators who remotely order the missiles that blow up people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and who knows where else the US is killing people refer to the victims of their airstrikes as ‘bug splats’, presumably because of the resemblance of the images they receive after the strike to what one sees on …

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Apr 10 2014

Stephen Colbert to leave Comedy Central

The rumors that Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman as host of the latter’s Late Show late-night talk show on CBS when Letterman retires in 2015 turn out to be true. Clearly CBS is hoping that Colbert will bring along with him the younger demographic that he attracts to compensate for the older viewers such …

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Apr 10 2014

Skepticism about Bible increases

The American Bible Society does regular State of the Bible survey and it finds that there is increasing skepticism about it, with younger people as usual leading the way. The ‘Millennials’ they describe are those in the age cohort 18-29.

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Apr 10 2014

People who die due to lack of insurance

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I have written about the unbelievable cruelty shown by those states that refused to expand Medicaid so that those people who are too poor to be covered by the subsidies offered by the Affordable Care Act could obtain health insurance anyway. As a result, we have the predicable result that some people are now dying …

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Apr 10 2014

Too big to fail and too rich to jail

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It has long been true that the rich and well-connected got better treatment from law enforcement and the justice system than the poor and powerless. But that brutal fact was usually hidden behind a fa├žade that claimed that the system was impartial and fair. The image of the statue of a blindfolded Lady Justice holding …

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Apr 09 2014

Stephen Colbert finds the Holy Grail

Although Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of my favorite films, I had not really thought about where the idea of the Holy Grail originated or what it represented. To me it was just another bit of medieval folklore whose origins were lost in the mists of time. In this clip, he explains …

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