“We do need to redefine that. But that's a very, very tall order. But the beginning is to have Americans who are suffering from financial impotence— which is nearly half of America if you believe this data — it's them coming out and saying, "You want to know something? I'm tired of feeling like a failure because I'm told that everybody in America ought to be rich if only they work hard.”

Here lies the greatest obstacle to human progress — the longstanding connection between work and income. As long as everything is owned and the only way to obtain access to that which is owned is through money, and the only way to obtain money is to be born with it or through doing the bidding of someone who owns enough to do the ordering around — what humans call a “job” — then jobs can’t be eliminated.

As to human morality, if it could be said that the bible is its gleaning source, are we not, at some point, cast-out as sufficiently tutored adolescents free to practice, free of the doting hoverage of a distrustful God-parent?

Are we not, as evidenced in the whole of creatures in our midst, capable of sustaining ourselves, post moral-gestation, even if occasional failure be an inherent ever-present possibility; the sharp tip of the arrow for whose lesson we are to annex into our moral quiver?

To be perpetually reliant upon the guidance of an omnipresent omniscient overbearing overlord is to be apart from the rest of what is natural.

And if we are the so-called higher animal, favorite-sibling of such a doter, does that not still put us at odds with the rest of creation?

Doterous God


Nearly all religions address what happens after we die. This week, a whole hour on (im)mortality, resurrection, and the human desire to live forever.

What's behind the "debate" over issues like climate change and vaccination? Can evidence change people's minds?

Failure in real science is good – and different from phony controversies. Can we trust the 2016 detection of primordial gravitational waves?

The desire to trace your way back to the very beginning, to understand everything -- whether it's the mysteries of love or the mechanics of the universe -- is deeply human. It might also be deeply flawed.

A doctor, a vegan, a researcher and a farmer recently waded into a hot-button topic in the food world: Is it a bad idea to eat meat? They delve into the medical, ethical and environmental arguments in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.

Human morality is instinctual and fits into the evolutionary paradigm. In fact, morality without faith might be the best option of all.

Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now asks “Who is this God person anyway?” with Barry Hingston promoting Christianity, Hamza Tzortzis promoting Islam, and Richard Baron promoting atheism. Who can make the best case for their belief system? Will any of them persuade you?

The healing powers of belief, from the symbolic power of the doctor coat, to the very real stash of opium in your brain.

We tend to frame our cultural conversation about science and religion as a debate — two either/or ways of describing reality. With mathematician Jim Bradley and philosopher Michael Ruse, we trace a quieter evolution of science and religion in interplay — not a matter of competing answers, but of complementary questions with room for humanity, nuance, and humor.

Arguing that God exists because many cosmic mysteries remain unsolved is intellectually lazy in the extreme.

Measles infected hundreds of children at a Philadelphia church whose members didn't believe in modern medicine. In a rare step, health officials moved to compel the families to vaccinate the kids.

Professor Who Said Christians, Muslims Share A God Is Leaving Christian College By: Camila Domonoske February 7, 2016 Dogma Divides: Only where religion is concerned is "Solidarity" a four-letter word.

“Only where religion is concerned could "Solidarity"

be a four-letter word.”

How essential is probity (the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency) for doing science? It looks like “misbehavior” is surprisingly common and for very good reasons, says Michael Brooks  (.pdf)

“ isn’t often as clean as you would like. Frederick Grinnell, an ethicist at the University of Texas, says intuition is “an important and perhaps in the end a researcher’s best guide to distinguishing between data and noise”. Sometimes you just know that data point was an anomaly to be ignored.”

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Most published scientific research papers are wrong, according to a new analysis. Problems with experimental and statistical methods mean that there is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true.

Capitalist Dogma

Why don’t we all think a bit more like Karl Marx?

An important aspect of Marx’s work is that he proposes that there is an insidious, subtle way in which the economic system colours the sort of ideas that we ending up having. The economy generates what Marx termed an “ideology”. A capitalist society is one where most people, rich and poor, believe all sorts of things that are really just value judgements that relate back to the economic system: that more belongings will make us happier and that worthwhile things (and people) will invariably make money. In short, one of the biggest evils of Capitalism is not that there are corrupt people at the top—this is true in any human hierarchy—but that capitalist ideas teach all of us to be

anxious, competitive, conformist, and politically complacent. Marx didn’t only outline what was wrong capitalism: we also get glimpses of what Marx wanted the ideal utopian future to be like.

Capitalist ideas teach all of us to be anxious, competitive, conformist, and politically complacent.

Is toil necessary, even in the face of and at the expense of progress?

“...(the) reason why a lot of people convert (is) because they need to feel that there's a power greater than themselves that can guide them and help them and also that there's, like, a discipline that will help them.”

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For a great deal of people, religion is a result of their geography or a matter of convenience. For some it’s an exercise in pragmatism rather than any true belief in doctrine or a god.


(RSA Replay: A Brief History of Humankind)

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A year ago, we did a story about a study that found that a simple 20-minute conversation could change someone’s mind about controversial issues like gay marriage and abortion. But a few weeks after we aired the story, the study was discredited. A couple of researchers decided to redo the experiment the right way, and released their results this week.


On redefining what it means to be part of the American middle class

Mis-reporting Science Studies

John Oliver discusses how and why media outlets so often report untrue or incomplete information as science.




A talk with psychologists Dan Gilbert and "mathematical social scientist" Eric Bradlow about what we can learn from the replication crisis and how to think about scientific truths.


All Luck Is Bad

Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris of The Atheist Experience discuss the futility of relying on luck and how doing so keeps one from realizing and cultivating their real potential.

(Excerpt from the May 29, 2016 show @1:15:36) For more on the futility of relying on luck: The Adam Carolla Show, 5/23/16, (play episode)

Question Wording

The choice of words and phrases in a question is critical in expressing the meaning and intent of the question to the respondent and ensuring that all respondents interpret the question the same way. Even small wording differences can substantially affect the answers people provide.

Revelation Replaces Investigation

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how Islamic scholar Imam Hamid al Ghazali’s demonizing of Mathematics in the 12th century brought and end to 300 years of Islamic academic dominance, bringing an end to the entire intellectual foundation of that dominance

Academics are correct in pinpointing the exact period in which Muslims began turning away from scientific innovation – the 11th century – but they (may) have identified the wrong person. Abu Ali al-Hassan al-Tusi (1018–1092), better known as Nizam al-Mulk, the grand vizier of the Seljuq dynasty, was in fact the driving force.

The Decline of Islamic Scientific Thought

Don't Blame It on al-Ghazali

That Time When Islamic Society Was the Intellectual Center of the World

Academics are correct in pinpointing the exact period in which Muslims began turning away from scientific innovation but in Abu Hamid Al Ghazali they have identified the wrong person.

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“Heaven’s Here On Earth” - 
Tracey Chapman

ADAPT      FLOW              EVOLVE

“dow • osso • fee”

Equip yourself against the trappings

of the ego and align with the way.


pragmatic inquisition as a means of approaching an understanding of the way things actually are;

alignment with the best models for evidence that align with real-world experience.