Monthly Archives: January 2015

Why Secularism Is Important (a video on international politics)

It’s been a while since I’ve made a video. It might be dry for some, but isn’t politics always dry? In this video I make an academic argument, with illustrations, why secularism is important. The examples I use come from … Continue reading

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In preparation for upcoming post: Atheists and Anger

One of the things I like most about academia is my ability to get ahold of soon-to-be-published research articles prior to their publication date.* When I come across these articles I’m given a chance to read it at my leisure, … Continue reading

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The Best Religion in America

I want to preface this post by confirming that I’m an atheist and don’t believe in any of the supernatural or metaphysical claims made by any religion out there. I’m not turning to religion; I’m merely acknowledging one religion that … Continue reading

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Science Sunday #1: Religion and Substance Abuse

In this new section of my site I will review and critique the academic literature on a wide range of topics. Not all of these posts will have anything to do with religion or non-belief; as a person who values … Continue reading

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Why It’s Never a Good Idea to Engage Conspiracy Theorists

Yesterday I broke one of my cardinal rules on the Internet; I responded to a Facebook post suggesting the US government conspired to murder an unknown director and his entire family because of a Youtube video. In this post I … Continue reading

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Islamic Narratives of Victimhood: Terror not going away soon

In the years surrounding the US 9/11 attacks we became aware of a strange phenomenon; Islamic terrorists were discussing their plans and goals publicly on Internet forums, without any regard for who may be watching. This was a double edged sword. … Continue reading

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Questions or Answers?: An anecdote about murder

Questions are important. I will go so far as to say many times questions are more important than answers. Answers, especially incorrect answers, mean we’ve exhausted our will to engage in inquiry. In my life I’ve suffered a tragedy that has … Continue reading

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Shooting Down Flying Carpets: Let’s stay on topic about Islamic terrorism

There are two major fallacies defenders of Islam make when addressing the problem of Islamic terror. In the wake of yesterday’s terror attack in Paris, I’ve seen these employed with fervor. These are the magic get-out-of-jail-free cards that can be … Continue reading

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Study: Religious people more likely to believe in conspiracy theories

In the current issue of American Journal of Political Science (October 2014), two researchers from the University of Chicago, J. Eric Oliver and Thomas J. Wood, published a study titled, “Conspiracy Theories and the Paranoid Style(s) of Mass Opinion.” The pair used data … Continue reading

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s 7% problem and why it’s not a problem

I wish to open this post by reminding you all this is not a study, and it should not be viewed as one. This is merely an observation of my own setting. It comes from personal discussions with peers and students. … Continue reading

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