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Philosophical Penguins · 9M ago

The “Netflixing” of American Politics

One of the criticisms commonly made towards US politics is the two-party system and how some voters complain that they don’t have a candidate that lines up closely with their values. This is...
Philosophical Penguins · 9M ago

“Out of the Closet” Billboard — Freedom From Religion Foundation

Philosophical Penguins · 9M ago

Some time-saving tips for internet discussions

There are many catchphrases and slang words that one hears on the internet and in the wider use outside the internet.  Some of these slang words are creative and lead to improved communicati...
Philosophical Penguins · 9M ago

James Barrett — Unitarian Universalist Reproductive Justice Activist

Note – this is the text for a short talk that I gave on 31 August 2014 as part of a worship service for All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The podcast audio r...
Philosophical Penguins · 9M ago

A Response to “Public Education and Intelligent Design” (Part 1)

On 30 April 2014, Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Dan Harper mentioned a paper by philosopher Thomas Nagel on his blog — “A possible case for teaching intelligent design” is the title o...
Philosophical Penguins · 9M ago

Conservatism Limiting the Growth of Atheism??

I have my doubts about small government libertarian conservative politics if we want to grow atheism and free-thought in the United States.  Recently, the questions surrounding atheism and c...
Philosophical Penguins · 9M ago

The “Streisand effect” and sexual harassment allegations

On 8 August 2013, Dr. Ronald A. Lindsay (President and CEO of the Center for Inquiry aka “CFI”) sent a letter to Scientific American asking them to correct an article about a workplace sexua...
Philosophical Penguins · 9M ago

“Atheism’s growing pains” (Salon.com)

There’s an excellent article describing the nascent “Atheism Plus” community.  Here’s a short excerpt: As the atheist movement gains numbers and prominence, it’s inevitably been forced to co...
Philosophical Penguins · 9M ago

Cladistics Explained …

From a blog comment by blog reader “wholething” on The Ace of Clades blog on the Freethought Blogs network. All apes are monkeys but not all monkeys are apes. All monkeys are vertebrates but...
Philosophical Penguins · 9M ago

Why E. J. Dionne Is Wrong on Contraceptives and Health Care Reform

The Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne is frequently cited as a progressive Catholic who condemns the recent Obama Administration announcement to require all employers (except exclusivel...