Censorship & Playing It Safe in the Rain Forest

What's the good of getting a scientific education if you have to suppress it to stay employed? Just ask the tour guides in Costa Rica who have to dumb down what they say in the rain forest in order to avoid offending know-nothing religious tourists from North America.

Even before the World Cup, Costa Rica had national pride

Can a country without an army still hold its own within the international community? And can it protect its smallest creatures, even the poisonous ones?

Why So Many People Just Can't Say No

Two letters, one syllable. Honestly, an occasional "No" ain't gonna kill you—or anybody else.

Did the Ballpark Really Make Them "Catch" Cancer?

Don't turn into your Caveman ancestor just because your health may be at issue. Calm and logic still wins the day.

I Really Don't Want To Know

Just how much truth can we handle when it comes to our partner's sexual history?

We've Got It Good

You can learn a lot about life from a Vermont graveyard.

Clinical Psychologists are Destroying the Language

Clinical psychologists, at least some of them, are verbifying the English language to death. What may have once had some therapeutic utility has become an empty linguistic tic.

Speeding Tickets and Other Injustices

Most of us really do expect the world to be a fair place, and we get pretty upset when our Just World view is threatened.

Speaking God's Name in Bed

Using the Deity's name as a sign of sexual pleasure is widespread, even among atheists. Is there a culture somewhere that doesn't default to the Deity when the Pleasure Meter hits 10?

Cathy's Tale

Lack of communication can lead to some serious relationship problems, and it rarely stops there.

Open the Roof for God!

As some apparently believe, God has nothing better to do than intervene in the outcome of baseball games.

The Perils of Clutter

Can you really get along with those old CDs, books, clothes and former relationships surrounding you? You're going to need some kind of storage space in order to move forward.

Ready! Action! Boredom!!

Do you want to watch me write a book? I don't think so. Do you want to watch a farmer down the road from me harvest some hay? Errr, no thanks. How about a chef whip up a soufflé? Well, maybe, but I'd rather eat it than watch it being made. But watch a movie being filmed in your home town? Now you're talking! That's excitement. That's magic!

What You Don't Know About Rick Santorum

A pair of taboos about religion and dead bodies have gotten in the way of open dialogue and good political journalism.

Get Outta Dodge!

Getta Outta Dodge! From Matt Dillon to Dexter, we still love those who detect and punish cheaters.

I'm No Longer Attracted to You

Nobody said love was fair. Nobody said attraction was rational or consistent. But are they both too much to ask?

Idiocracy: Can We Reverse It ?

America is on a precipitous slide toward Idiocy. The most obvious signs of the decline we see around us are growing illiteracy, lack of education, widespread obesity, and religiosity: an overweight, uninformed, irrational people.

Creationists Have An Unfair Advantage But They're Still Wrong

Whether it's about baseball, music or human origins, we all seem to be suckers for a good Creation Myth.

Stuart Little Is Drowning!

Mice - Do we love them or hate them? The answer seems to be "both." We're surrounded by adorable and sentimental images of mice, yet we kill them casually and often cruelly. Maybe it's time to make up our minds.

Sacred Sneezes and Blessed Burps

Our Medieval customs are alive and well as 2011 begins.

The Uptalk Epidemic

Even grown men and women are starting to talk like Valley Girls. What's happening to us? The Meme from Hell is taking over.

Even Heroes Need Heroes

The thought that a hero might be like us - listening, watching, absorbing, admiring, even idolizing - may be troubling to us. Does it humanize our heroes more than we'd like? Perhaps even to the point where they are no longer what we think of as heroes?

Music from Another Planet

Religion is an inevitable result of Caveman Logic. But at least one good thing has come of it over the centuries: Music and art. Even delusions can lead to a rich array of beautiful music. We look at some of it here - and not just the kind of examples you'd expect.

Morality Misunderstood - Part 2

"Thou shalt not kill" was a human code of conduct way before The Ten Commandments were brought to us on a stone tablet.

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