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An Unexpectedly Awesome Side Effect of Not Drinking

Last week, a professional chef invited me to his house for dinner—a six-course meal that included homemade pork sausages, beef meatballs, lamb, …

My Journey From Christian to Agnostic to Atheist

I was raised in your standard “good Christian home.” Like whenever I got in trouble, my parents would always ask, how do you think Jesus feels about …

Flat Earther reveals the real reason NASA is lying to us that the Earth is round

This week, The Flat Earth International Conference took place in North Carolina – attracting a swarm of people who genuinely believe the Earth is …

What in the World? Flat-Earthers Gather at First Conference

A conference aimed at disputing the idea that the world is round just wrapped up in North Carolina.<p>The first-ever 2017 Flat Earth International …

The Most Buzzed-About Beauty Products You Need to Know About

From trending new releases to classic standbys, meet this year's best beauty staples.<p>There's always an enticing new beauty product to try,<p>but there …

The Soul of an Octopus: How One of Earth’s Most Alien Creatures Illuminates the Wonders of Consciousness

“While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie. To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege… an uplink to universal consciousness.”<p><i>“Despite centuries of investigation by everyone from natural</i> …

Consciousness

Christianity’s Nightmare Question

It’s one of the most overlooked questions in the Christian world: If Jesus was God, why didn’t he say anything new or even marginally useful?

An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America

As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: "Democrats failed to …

23 Romantic Love Quotes That Instantly Make You Think of Someone Special

Though it may seem like the language of love is slowly getting killed by texting, all you need is a few reminders that romance is still out there. We looked to Instagram to find beautiful love quotes that will make your heart swell. You might recognize a few or discover your newest favorite, but …

American ‘Christianity’ Has Failed

For the last few years Christians have been singing worship songs that include lyrics like “ <i>keep my eyes above the waves, when oceans rise</i> …” and yet …

Five #AlternativeFacts of toxic Christianity

January 24, 2017 by Morgan Guyton<p>While government officials have always distorted truth, the Trump Administration is the first to openly normalize …

Three Reasons the Bible Is Not the Inerrant Word of God

January 10, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>This is a guest post written by <b>Richard Hagenston</b>. Hagenston is an ordained United Methodist minister, a former …

What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?

January 8, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>We know what religious leaders <i>claim</i> the Bible says about sex. But what does the book <i>actually</i> say? More importantly, …

Theology

21 of The Best Documentaries to Watch Over The Holidays

You're welcome.<p>With holidays and cold weather arriving at the same time, it's the perfect time of year to curl up on the couch and lose yourself in a …

Making a Murderer

An Antidote to the Loneliness of the Divided Mind: Alan Watts on Our Integration with the Universe and How We Wrest Meaning from Reality

“If the universe is meaningless, so is the statement that it is so… The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance.”<p><i>“All things physical are information-theoretic in origin and this is a participatory universe,”</i> the great theoretical physicist John Archibald Wheeler wrote in his influential <i>It for</i> …

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

“Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. <b>The Top Ten: Writers</b> …

10 Disturbing Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Freddy Krueger’s metal fingernails and melted face might be scary, but he’s no match for some of the real-life people who have been featured in …

Robin Williams

Streetlights Go Out in Iceland to Let the Northern Lights Shine Bright

Streetlights across much of Iceland’s capital were switched off Wednesday night so its citizens could make the most of the otherworldly glow of the …

Northern Lights

A Perfect 5-Day Mountain Road Trip in North Carolina

Arrive in Asheville and check into the Windsor Asheville, an all-suite boutique property, with kitchens, living rooms, and a private bedroom, located …

This Awesome Video Shows The Scale of The Universe in The Best Way Possible

I mean, we knew the Universe was big, but...<p>We get it. The Universe is epic, vast, and unknowable, and Earth is tiny. There are black holes billions …

Nine Podcasts for a Fuller Life

A short playlist of intellectual, creative, and spiritual invigoration.<p>We are storytelling animals and the actual telling of stories — that ancient aural mesmerism of the human voice — continues to bewitch us somehow more thoroughly than any other medium of tale-transmission. This, perhaps, is why …

Teachings from Tibetan Buddhism: On Course for Compassion - Mind and Body

Thupten Jinpa remembers waking up as a small boy in smoky tents in refugee settlements in remote parts of northern India to the undulating sound of …

Meditation

Christian Blogger: Christy Sheats Rightly Killed Her Daughters Because They Were Seeing Black Guys

June 30, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p><b>Christy Sheats</b> (below) is the Texas mother who shot and killed both of her children (ages 22 and 17) before being gunned …

Ask A Physicist To Speak At Your Funeral

You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will …

Evangelical Christians are selling out faith for politics

Oh, God — and I mean the entreaty seriously — the Trump/evangelical summit in New York was just as bad as some of us feared.<p>More than 900 conservative Christian leaders, put in a susceptible mood by a “prayer guide” (“Acknowledge any personal feelings that would keep you from honoring Mr. Trump for …

Tyrion Lannister Caught Riding A Scooter Gets Hilariously Photoshopped (13+ Pics)

Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones has just entered his toughest battle yet. But the battle isn't taking place in Westeros. It's taking place on the …

TV Series

21 Easy Ways to Create a Calm Mind (Without Meditating)

<b>“Learn to calm down the winds of your mind, and you will enjoy great inner peace.” ~Remez Sasson</b><p>While juggling a full-time job and my writing, I …

Mental and physical effects of magic mushrooms

There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind.<p>Several small studies have linked the psychoactive ingredient in shrooms (which are illegal) with several purported health benefits, including the potential to help relieve anxiety and depression.<p>But, as with any drug, …

The Real Christian Preacher Sex Scandal Is How Many There Are

Another week, another bumper crop of Christian sex scandals. And it’s not going to stop any time soon.<p>Exposing religious sexual hypocrisy is, as the …

How Taming the Mind is Like Riding a Horse

In traditional descriptions, meditation is likened to training a horse. The sensations, impulses, and reactions in our bodies are like the untamed …