Category Archives: Religion

Links and Comments: Science, Religion, and Biases

Neil deGrasse Tyson, creationists, religion and the intelligentsia, risk assessment. And tarantulas.

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Links and Comments: The Decline of US Church Membership

When I posted my notes about Michael Shermer’s book How We Believe, I noted that one of his principle observations was how, writing in 2000 or 1999, levels of religious belief hadn’t changed much since the 1960s, the era in … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Religious Matters, 27Mar21:

Jerry Coyne on David Brooks; Nicholas Kristof on progressive Christians; Evangelicals’ false doctrine.

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Thinking On Blog: Wise Men

(This is a blog post version of the process of “thinking out loud.”) In a book I read recently – it was Michael Shermer’s first book, WHY PEOPLE BELIEVE WEIRD THINGS, my comments posted here) — the author made the … Continue reading

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Link and Comments: Some Extremely Obvious Statements About Religion

Daylight Atheism, March 15, James A. Haught: The Long, Slow Death of Religion This piece echoes my comments a few weeks ago when discussing Michael Shermer’s HOW WE BELIEVE (here). Shermer made the point that polls showed (when he published … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: New Religions

QAnon as white supremacy plus evangelicals; how fading religious identities transfer allegiances to politics.

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Nonfiction Notes: Carl Sagan’s BILLIONS & BILLIONS

Carl Sagan: BILLIONS & BILLIONS: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium (1996, Random House) This was Carl Sagan’s final book, it says, published in 1997 not long after his premature death in 1996 at age … Continue reading

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Notes and Quotes: Richard Dawkins’ UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW

Here is a middle-period book by the Oxford scientist whose writing mostly focuses on evolution; this one is an exception. Its topic is the beauty of science, how science addresses the “appetite for wonder,” and how people who don’t understand … Continue reading

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Link and Comments: A Better Way to Think About Conspiracies

Ross Douthat suggests a tool kit for discriminating among conspiracy theories, which have always been among us.

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Nonfiction Notes: Michael Shermer’s HOW WE BELIEVE

Michael Shermer, How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science. Freeman, 2000 When I was writing up a post here about Shermer’s first book, Why People Believe Weird Things (post here), I realized Shermer in that … Continue reading

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