Jonathan Smith

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Quoting the Bible Doesn’t Work Like a Jedi Mind Trick

Quoting the Bible Doesn’t Work Like a Jedi Mind Trick<p>February 5, 2015 by Neil Carter<p>Don’t you love it when Christians quote the Bible to atheists? It …

Angry Christian rails against godless society -- and this atheist's polite response is perfect

In the video embedded below, U.K. Christian and founder of the group Discuss Jesus Taiwo Adewuyi said that humanist weddings are “demonic” rituals, …

I belong to me: learning agency & consent outside Christianity.

<i>Image courtesy of Death to the Stock Photo.</i><p>Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concepts of agency1 and autonomy, how necessary they are for a …

Mood Lines: Setting the Tone of Your Design

<i>Feature image by the talented Cyril Rolando. Check out his Tumblr here.</i><p>Lines have been used by artists and designers to convey mood since the first …

3 Flowcharts for People with Social Anxieties

Reality Versus Social Anxiety

Why rape is so intrinsic to religion

Stories like the virgin birth lack freely given female consent. It’s telling how ready we still are to embrace them<p>Valerie Tarico<p>December 21, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of …

The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

<b>(Wikimedia)</b><p>God is seldom great. These dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty and suffering rather than love and peace<p>Valerie Tarico<p>January 24, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet. It has been corrected since it first published.<p>Some of humanity’s technological …

Religion

Why you should stop caring about being ‘nice’

I was labeled as the nice girl my entire life. Mostly, because I was shy and quiet and no one knew how to handle that so the kids at school just said …

Feeling Gloomy? Maybe Things On Earth Aren't As Bad As You Think

If you want to be a pessimist about the shape the world's in, just turn on the news. It seems as if we're living in an age of terrorism, war, refugees, hostages and natural disasters.<p>If you want to look on the rosy side, read Michael Elliott's essay on <i>Time</i> magazine's website: "The Age of Miracles." …

45 Things Only Anxious People Understand

Why You Should Never Worry Alone

The best way to prevent yourself from becoming paralyzed with worry, writes psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell, is to simply make sure you never worry …

Self-help

Want Success and Happiness? Be Divergent, Not Perfect

One of the tenets of my Sweet Spot Manifesto is “Accept that you are divergent. Go with it.” A lot of people are asking me what I mean by that.<p>My …

UC Berkeley

What If Heaven Is Not For Real?

Last week, a young man named Alex Malarkey made news when he publicly retracted his story that he'd been to heaven. This, understandably, may not seem like news to some people. But Malarkey's story, based on the tragedy of an auto accident when he was just 6 years old, became a best-selling book …

25 Tips For Having More Meaningful Relationships

Someone with 1,000 Facebook friends may think they're a rock star. But, how many of those "friends" would be there to support them when they start a business or go through a personal crisis?<p>I've learned that the more successful you are at relationships with your family, friends and customers; the …

Self-help

What's the Difference?

I've always been interested in the subtle differences between the HTML and BODY elements when it comes to CSS. Many designers reference the two …

Introduction to CSS Colors | WebpageFX

Looking at the color wheel above, we can see that <b>red</b> is at 0o, <b>green</b> is at 90o, <b>purple</b> is at 270o, and so forth.<p><b>Saturation</b> refers to the vividness or …

6 Secrets of Highly Effective Discipline From a Seasoned Teacher

Have you noticed how kids behave differently at school than at home?<p>As an early education teacher, one of the most common questions I get from …

Why you don't need God

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was January 2014 and I was sitting on the beach in Malibu looking out at the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean, ebbing and flowing. I had just begun a personal project of challenging my lifelong assumption that God exists.<p>You see, I had been a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 19 years. I …

Religion

Childhood Guilt, Adult Depression?

New research shows differences in the brains of kids who show excessive guilty behavior, which may put them at risk for a host of mood disorders later in life.<p>Nicholas Thomas remembers a coat rack. "We were at a family gathering," Thomas said. "I think it was Christmas or something, and we were …

The Brain

We’re putting an end to religion: Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher and the exploding new American secularism

<b>(AP/Janet Van Ham/Fiona Hanson/Marion Curtis/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Religious right extremism, new atheists & late-night mockery have religion on the run. American secularism’s rising<p>Phil Zuckerman<p>December 20, 2014 11:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old …

New and improved: Atheists and Humanists rewrite Ten Commandments

December 21, 2014 by Michael Stone<p>Improving on the moral failure of the traditional Ten Commandments, atheists and humanists compose a new Decalogue …

Why I Reject Hell and Why You Should, Too

November 23, 2014 by Neil Carter<p>I have lost my patience with this Hell business. Completely. Not too long ago, a reader wrote me this note:<p><i>“I was</i> …

Ice XVI Is the Strangest Form of Solid Water Yet

The sixteenth phase of solid H2O has arrived.<p>Water ice, the unlikely solid that is less dense than its liquid form, is already a thing that should not be. As temperatures drop below freezing, water molecules form super-resilient hexagonal crystals, leaving a material that is technically …