Is Islam Violent … or is that thought “Islamophobia”?

This week alone we have seen much that is truly abhorrent … Haron Monis, an islamic cleric walks into the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney with his shotgun on Monday wearing a headband bearing the war cry: “We are ready to sacrifice for you, O Muhammad.” … what then follows is tragic and horrific. A band of … Read more Is Islam Violent … or is that thought “Islamophobia”?

Religion, Sex, Porn and Politics

The more religious people are, the more upset they will often be about the availability of porn, and yet surprisingly enough (to some), that degree of religiosity also correlates with a voracious consumption of porn, so what is going on here? Valerie Tarico, a psychologist and writer in Seattle, has a great article over on AlterNet that … Read more Religion, Sex, Porn and Politics

Ken Ham – “Creationists are not science deniers”

Nobody ever thinks to themselves, “I believe in things that are simply not scientific or true”, but rather we all hold positions that we are sure are correct. If this is indeed the case, then why is there a prevailing confidence in some minds regarding ideas and thoughts that have been truly discredited? … now that actually is … Read more Ken Ham – “Creationists are not science deniers”

Criticising Atheism from a position of complete and utter ignorance

If there was a topic you knew next to nothing about and perhaps felt negatively about, would you be confident enough to write a newspaper article based solely upon your own specific ignorance of the topic and end up making yourself the target of much well deserved mockery? I think many, if not most, regardless of … Read more Criticising Atheism from a position of complete and utter ignorance

How to Manipulate people into doing anything you want them to do

The Endowment Effect, also known as divestiture aversion,  is a rather subtle psychological mechanism that is often leveraged to get people to happily act and behave in a specific manner. Now you might be wondering what this means, so lets focus down on that with a specific example workers work harder to maintain ownership of a provisional awarded … Read more How to Manipulate people into doing anything you want them to do

What has convinced many believers to not believe? … the bible did.

EA Hanks, a writer based in Los Angeles, has written a very personal article in the Guardian that takes us on her journey from Fundamentalist born again Christian to atheist. In it we find two rather common answers to some truly fascinating questions. Why do people convert and become “born again”? After making that emotional investment, … Read more What has convinced many believers to not believe? … the bible did.