People on the political left often complain about the small fraction of students in America who go to private schools that teach some bad science (creationism and the like). Americans do struggle with science–conservatives with evolution, liberals with heliocentrism–so this is an important issue.
It comes up most frequently in the [...]
A Holocaust of Ignorance
I’m often confronted by people who demand to know how skeptics dare to criticize other people’s beliefs about medicine, biotech, and science. Others simply shrug off popular pseudoscience and say, “Why bother? What’s the harm?”
The answer is that the cost of misinformation is too large to ignore. It is real. [...]
Americans spend $28 billion a year on organic food and $34 billion a year on “alternative medicine.” By contrast, the vaccine market is less than $13 billion. So please, spare me the Manichean narrative about how Big Pharma is driven only by greed and tells lies to [...]
If there’s one thing all self-proclaimed non-conformists hate (and, hate to say it, guys, but there are many) it’s the media. Rather, The Media. The Mainstream Media (or MSM, as the cool kids call it). It’s the shadowy cartel organized by your political opponents to brainwash the sleeping masses and turn the people in [...]
A number of people have asked me about the recent trend of “atheist churches” that have been popping up around the US and Great Britain.
It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Hundreds packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational sermon, a reading and some quiet [...]
I recently got an email from Rang, a student from Norway, with five questions about libertarianism that I thought were worth a response. They cover a broad range of subjects, so I’ll try (with limited success) to be brief. My answers are not intended be definitive of “the” libertarian position (lord knows, we disagree with [...]
Is religion on the decline? That’s what several recent polls seem to indicate. Today, a record 1 in 5 Americans say they do not belong to any religion; among those under 30, it’s more like 1 in 3. But Rodney Stark, co-director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, disagrees.
In an [...]
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