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Finally, atheists are no longer just old white men | Adam Lee

Women are joining the atheist community by the millions – and they are being joined by racial and ethnic minorities<p>When you think of atheists, the face that probably comes to mind is male, white, older and a little bit nerdy. There’s more than a grain of truth to this reputation. Atheist groups in …

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Are Scientific And Religious Explanations Incompatible?

Last week, I participated in a workshop on the science-religion dialogue during which I was asked: Are scientific and religious explanations philosophically incompatible?<p>I've been thinking about the question ever since. The simple answers — "yes" or "no" — have advocates, but they don't seem to do …

Pop art meets coffee with #sleevebucks

You'll never look at the Starbucks mermaid the same way again.<p>An amazing Tumblr artist is using Starbucks sleeves to recreate pop culture icons. …

Ethereal Landscape Photos Captured During Pitch-Dark Nights

Don't let these gorgeous, ethereal photos fool you – they were taken in the pitch-black darkness. For the past two years, British photographer Paul Thompson has pushed the boundaries of night photography using a large format camera. His images make up a series titled <i>Moonlight</i>, and they feature …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

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Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

Why are some people extraordinarily selfish, manipulative, and unkind? David Robson asks the scientist delving into the darkest sides of the human mind.<p>If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience? Even if the bugs had names, and you could …

Psychology

Warning: This Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Photo Series May Give You (Beautiful) Nightmares

If these pictures could talk, they'd tell tales by the Brothers Grimm.<p>In his photo series, "Brothers Grimm's Wanderings," German photographer Kilian Schönberger showcases striking images of locations throughout central Europe that look straight out of a noir fairy tale. The project is a follow-up …

Lessons From My Gratitude Jar

You may have seen a photo on Facebook or Pinterest of a cute little mason jar half-filled with slips of paper with a caption: "Fill a gratitude jar this year."<p>I'm not sure how many people who share those images actually follow through with theirs. I just saw a post from Elizabeth Gilbert who has a …

Review: Phil Hogan delivers clever psychological thriller

"A Pleasure and a Calling" (Picador), by Phil Hogan<p>William Heming is the proverbial quiet man, nondescript, keeping to himself, mastering "the skill of being likable, but not memorable." Yet Heming seethes with self-righteous contempt for others and a propensity for vengeance and violence that …

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The Yale College Black Men's Union's 'To My Unborn Son' Is a Beautiful Response to Ferguson

There have been countless demonstrations and protests across America following last month's controversial verdict on the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri—as well as following the more recent non-indictment of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner—but this has to be one of …

Eating meat is worse for the environment than driving to work

Next time you brag about biking to work instead of driving for the sake of the environment, take a good look inside your lunch box.<p>According to a new report released by the London-based think tank Chatham House, livestock production accounts for more direct greenhouse gas emissions overall than all …

Sustainability

What Ferguson Means for Black Women

Photo: Lesley McSpadden (Getty)<p>On Monday, along with most of America, I waited to hear what the grand jury in Ferguson would decide. But I knew what it would be. I have been down this road before. My breath bated, my chest tight with anxiety, I still hoped that somehow one of us might get justice. …

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See What You’ll Look Like In 20 Years

Disagree? Well in 20 years, you can prove the software wrong.<p>I always hoped to be a silver fox. But I’m a pug. I guess people like pugs.<p>I’m looking at my face in 20 years–myself at age 52–because for whatever self-loathing reason, I was compelled to take part in this strange “Futureself” …

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Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.<p>When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

20 Gifs That Explain How Things Work

Sometimes you just need an image to help you understand something. And if that image is in motion and shows you something that you otherwise would …

This Map Shows How Climate Change Will Screw The Whole World

For example, climate change effects can harm food production and cause famines; alter habitats and cause mass die-offs of plants, animals and other organisms; and even threaten human health.<p>The biggest climate-related risks vary across different regions of the world. The handy chart below, …

A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology

<i>“When [a man] has fair health, a fair fortune, a tidy conscience and a complete exemption from embarrassing relatives,”</i> Henry James wrote in his diary, <i>“I suppose he is bound, in delicacy, to write himself happy.”</i> More than a mere philosophical contemplation, however, James’s observation presages …