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The Problem with Scientism

By Massimo Pigliucci<p>Science is unquestionably the most powerful approach humanity has developed so far to the understanding of the natural world. …

What is Philosophy?

In this brief overview of aesthetics, Candice Stockstell considers the views of Wittgenstein and Hume who attempt to shed light on whether aesthetic …

Philosophy

A New Look at Animal Suicide

In 2011, Chinese media reported that a bear held captive on a bile farm killed her son and then herself to escape from the torture of their …

This 52 Week Challenge will Improve Your Photography Skills in 2018

If you’re looking to improve your photography skills in 2018, doing a year-long photo challenge is a great way to stay motivated with ideas and …

Philosophy Rebuts Key Barrier Between Science and Religion

In 1644, the French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician René Descartes formulated several “laws of nature,” which helped lay the groundwork for …

Falsification HM5501 Lecture 4

What we want is some criterion which will allow us to distinguish science from any other discourse. In other words what makes science, science, as …

Ethnography

How to Talk About Empiricism

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>Scientific realists take the basic criterion to be ontological, they take the ultimate aim to be the construction of</i> …

Learn Six Soft Light Setups for Portraiture and Beauty

Artificial lighting is one of the best tools a photographer can learn to implement in his work. It’s not something we have to use and rely on all the …

14 things ridiculously successful people do every day

Having close access to ultra-successful people can yield some pretty incredible information about who they really are, what makes them tick and, most …

'We might not recover': Neil deGrasse Tyson gets emotional and sounds the alarm. All the alarms.

<b>ZAKARIA:</b> So what role did climate change play in the ferocious strength of hurricane Irma and the intense flooding caused by Irma and Harvey? Well, …

What sparked the Cambrian explosion?

An evolutionary burst 540 million years ago filled the seas with an astonishing diversity of animals.

12 Skills to Highlight on Your Remote Resume

Have I mentioned how much I love working remotely? (<i>Spoiler alert:</i> I have, repeatedly). If it were up to me, we’d all have amazing remote jobs and …

The Facts Behind The Top 5 Misunderstandings About Evolution

It's not "just" a theory.<p><i>This article was written by Paula Kover from the University of Bath, and was originally published by The Conversation.</i><p>Given …

Is Everything You Think You Know Wrong?

Does sugar make kids hyper? Has science proven bumble bees can’t fly? Does the average person only use 10% of their brain capacity? Are routine …

Critical thinking suppressed in brains of people who believe in the supernatural

The opposition between religious beliefs and scientific evidence can be explained by difference in brain structures and cognitive activity. …

How to inoculate people against Donald Trump’s fact-bending claims

Psychologists know that die-hard supporters of an idea aren’t usually swayed by the facts. That’s why prevention is better than cure<p>A potential Donald Trump presidency terrifies people worldwide. His racism, bullying, and enthusiasm for violence are a great concern for onlookers.<p>But we see a …

Carl Sagan Presents His “Baloney Detection Kit”: 8 Tools for Skeptical Thinking

It is sometimes said that science and philosophy have grown so far apart that they no longer recognize each other. Perhaps they no longer need each …

Richard Feynman Creates a Simple Method for Telling Science From Pseudoscience (1966)

How can we know whether a claim someone makes is scientific or not? The question is of the utmost consequence, as we are surrounded on all sides by …

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

Homeopathy, quackery and fraud | James Randi

The Non-Fine-Tuned Universe: The Astronomical Failure of the Cosmological Argument for Theism

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly took this photograph of a sunrise over the western United States and posted it to social media on Aug. 10, 2015. Kelly …

Healthcare Denied At 550 Hospitals Because Of Catholic Doctrine

A disturbing new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and MergerWatch, “Health Care Denied,” finds that one in six hospitals in the U.S. are operated in accordance with Catholic religious rules, known as the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs).<p>While perhaps best known for …

Washington State

“It’s courageous to choose the truth, even if it means abandoning what you know”: a Jewish woman becomes an atheist at ninety

As 90-year-old Razie notes in this entertaining documentary, “Bacon & God’s Wrath”, her deconversion from Judaism began with her foray onto the …

These are the best arguments from the 3% of climate scientist 'skeptics.' Really. | Dana Nuccitelli

Contrarian climate scientist Roy Spencer summed up the contrarian case for a fossil fuel and tobacco-funded think tank<p>When I give a presentation and mention the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming, I’m often asked, “what’s the deal with the other 3%?”. These are the publishing …

How to Fight Extremism with Atheism

The world isn’t ending, but we face a tremendous problem from people who believe it is. The beliefs of many radicals have become increasingly …

Religious Fundamentalism: A Side Effect of Lazy Brains?

If there is anything that global news has shown us in the past couple of years, it’s that fundamentalism is on the rise and more pervasive than ever. …

The Brain

The incredible power of ignoring everything

By Ana Swanson<p>Ana Swanson<p>Reporter<p>Bio Follow<p>Fyodor Dostoevsky, the 19th Century Russian author, once famously challenged his brother to try out a strange task: Don't think about a polar bear right now. “Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the …

Johns Hopkins University

‘Humanist black font’ by GoGodless