Richard L. Fricks

916 Added | 7 Magazines | 2 Likes | 6 Following | 62 Followers | @tenderwood19 | Formerly: CPA, attorney, pilot, business-owner, and BBQ fanatic. Now: avid vanity-watcher, aspiring poet/writer, amateur truth-seeker, & REAL Q promoter.

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks

As far as I can discover from interviews and from books, there are at least 21 reasons smart people find God unconvincing. Here are the 21 reasons, explained:<p><b>1. God as an old white man in the sky is unconvincing</b><p>Depictions of God as a humanoid (this is called 'anthropo-morphism' = in human form) …

Faith

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 …

God allowed 9/11 to happen to show America they need him, evangelist says

The daughter of America's most famous evangelical Christian has said God let 9/11 happen to show the US they need him.<p>Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter …

Faith

Richard Dawkins publishes new work in The Ancestor’s Tale

Wong presented, an interactive, fractal ‘Tree of Life’, upon which humans were positioned just above the common Chimpanzee and the Bonobo, whose …

Religion Declining, Secularism Surging

An ongoing spate of recent studies - looking at various countries around the world - all show the same thing: religion is in decline. From Scandinavia to South America, and from Vancouver to Seoul, the world is experiencing an unprecedented wave of secularization. Indeed, as a recent <i>National</i> …

Religion

Meet the Greek writers revolutionising poetry in the age of austerity

A new group of poets is changing the arts landscape in Greece. Fearless, global and with an artistic fervour unseen since the dictatorship, they tell us their hopes, the culture that excites them – and the Greek myths they’d like to debunk<p>A new kind of poetry is flourishing in Greece’s streets, …

Literature

Why we have blood types and why they matter

If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was also the most excellent of blood types - a biological mark of distinction.<p>It didn't take long for me to recognize just how silly that feeling was and tamp it down. But I didn't learn much more about what it really meant to have type A+ blood.<p>By …

Medical Research

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Like any endeavor, writing a work of fiction requires learning how to manage those nagging self-doubts each time you sit at a computer and think to yourself, "I can't write!"<p>Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction …

Creative Writing
Chimpanzees

3 Ways to Be Both Creative and Organized | Inc.com

The stereotype for creative people is that we're disorganized. We need to roam free, like animals; we're like an overgrown child who can't sit still; we love distractions and hate structure; want our cake and to eat it too; want to know where everything is, and at the same time we do a wonderful …

Time Management

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece <i>Dr. Strangelove</i> in which Jack D. Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, unspools his paranoid worldview—and the explanation for why he drinks “only distilled water, or rainwater, and only …

9 Motivational Videos to Help You Succeed in Business and Life

Can a few minutes of watching change your life? These deeply inspirational videos just might.<p>There are videos that energize us, inspire us, and motivate us to do great things. Then there are the very few that do all of that--and touch us so deeply that we wind up watching them over and over. We …

Motivation

To Become a Better Writer, Be a Frequent Walker

Novelists and poets have long held that walking and writing are closely connected. Now there’s research to back up that claim.<p>Among the past literary …

Creativity

Before the Wisconsin Primaries, “I’m an Atheist and I Vote” Billboards Go Up Around Madison

March 28, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>When the Wisconsin primaries take place next Tuesday, April 5, candidates who visit Madison will see these billboards …

Religion

British Christians’ Shocking Views on UFOs, the Devil — and God’s Existence

Some seemingly bizarre statistics are emerging from a recent poll commissioned in Britain in which only 41 percent of self-identified Christians reported belief in a creator, with 18 percent saying that they do not believe in an originator.<p>And the curious findings didn’t end there.<p>YouGov also found …

UFOs

The Invocation Policy in Greene County (TN) is Unconstitutional and No One There Seems to Know Why

March 27, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>Greene County, Tennessee has a strange and completely illegal invocation policy.<p><b>Mayor David Crum</b> just invites pastors …

Religion

What Acclaimed Writers Love About the Writing Life

Over the years, I've had the incredibly good fortune of interviewing many of the most widely-read novelists on the planet. I often (but not always) ask certain questions of each author. One of my favorites is: <b>What do you love about the writing life?</b><p><b>Here are excerpted answers from some highly</b> …

Blind fish that crawls on land holds clues to evolution

One small fish in Thailand could hold insights into the evolution of life on earth and how primitive ocean-dwellers developed into animals that could …

God Is a Question, Not an Answer

Near end of Albert Camus’s existentialist novel “The Stranger,” Meursault, the protagonist, is visited by a priest who offers him comfort in the face of his impending execution. Meursault, who has not cared about anything up to this point, wants none of it. He is an atheist in a foxhole. He …

Faith

What It's Like to Celebrate Easter as an Atheist Surrounded by a Religious Family

What's it like to celebrate Easter when everyone thinks you're a dickhead and God isn't real?<p>As a child, I used to pride myself on understanding the "real meaning" of Easter. I was raised a Methodist by my parents and as such was taken to church pretty much every Sunday—and the big Easter weekend …

Faith

Why I am an atheist: Bhagat Singh

<b>Editor’s Note: On March 23, 1931, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged for the Lahore conspiracy. On the 85th anniverrsay of their deaths,</b> …

Philosophy

The conflict between science and religion lies in our brains

The conflict between science and religion may have its origins in the structure of our brains, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and …

5 Books That Changed My Perspective of the World

"What is your favorite book?"<p>I've been asked this question numerous times throughout my life. Even now as a 19-year-old college student, I find this question nearly impossible to answer. I've read hundreds of books in my lifetime; how can I pick just one as superior to all the others?<p>I think this …

A golden age of ancient DNA science begins

If I had taken a straw poll among anthropologists 10 years ago asking them how far genetic research would come in the next decade, I doubt anyone …

DNA

Alabama governor under fire for giving massive pay rises amid financial crisis

Governor Robert Bentley set against state legislature after giving his advisers sizeable raises – some of which topped $73,000 in increased annual pay<p>Alabama’s governor outraged his critics and disconcerted his allies recently by handing out gigantic pay raises to his advisers, while the state …

Southern Poverty Law Center

The 15 best poetry books of all time

Creationist Ken Ham, in Ironic Tweet, Says Skeptics “Can’t Think Logically for Themselves”

March 21, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>Creationist <b>Ken Ham</b> actually said this:<p>Most skeptics attacking the Bible regurgitate what they’ve been taught re …

Faith

Jesus Never Existed Says New Report That Finds No Mention Of Christ In 126 Historical Texts

Jesus never existed. That is the conclusion of a researcher who says he has combed 126 texts written during or shortly after the time Jesus is …