Essential Reads

The Real Truth About Generational Differences

Do generations actually exist? The truth about Millennials.

New Details Revealed About an Important Human Ancestor

Another cave of fossils and a surprising young age sheds dramatic new light on the origins of complex behaviors and humanity itself.

The Science of Religion for Everyone

Why insist that religion is immune from scientific study when cognitive and evolutionary theories have already made great strides in explaining a wide array of religious phenomena?

The New 'Religious Freedom' Is a Boon for Churches

By David Niose on April 19, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
As courts and politicians continuously redefine religious liberty, hang on to your checkbook.

More Posts on Religion

18 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on May 24, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
The more love, the better, in marriage. But love can often blind you to differences that need to be worked out before the wedding. Here are some unexpected things to think about.

Christianity is Dying in the United Kingdom

Latest study shows that Christianity in Britain is in deep decline.

Stop the Search: An Interview With Gangaji

By Mark Matousek on May 23, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Gangaji is one of the most respected spiritual teachers in America today. Her wise words are balm for the soul in our conflicted and dangerous times.

What Does Prayer Do? What Does Love Do?

The two aspects of human consciousness that must be experienced and their psychological significance personally understood if one is to become psychically whole.

Child Custody in Polyamorous Families Part 5

This fifth and final blog in the series on children in polyamorous families examines the trends in custody of these children, from the best interests standard to recent changes.

The Bar-Mitzvah

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about being judgmental.

Reclaiming Human Dignity

Have you experienced religiously-based abuse or violence? This post explores the ideological basis for Judeo-Christian patterns of aggression.

Bible Belief in Decline

Belief in the bible continues to plummet.
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The Pastor Who Found God In Technology

By John Nosta on May 15, 2017 in The Digital Self
God may not just be in the details, but in your smartphone.

Doubt

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 14, 2017 in How To Do Life
19 issues we shouldn't be so sure about.

Do You Realize How Far Trump's Religion Speech Went?

By David Niose on May 14, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
The president's commencement speech to evangelical graduates should shock anyone paying attention. It defined American values in terms of Christian nationalism.

Blasphemy!

By Robert J King Ph.D. on May 09, 2017 in Hive Mind
Religious and Secular blasphemy accusations come from a similar source. And we need to call a halt to this nonsense.
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The Secret Gift That Will Turbocharge Your Relationship

The Secret Gift: What it is and how to use it.

What’s Your Anti-Gravity Strategy?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Ambigamy
People seek transcendence by many means. Some come bundled with belief in supernatural magic at odds with science. Scientists can do more to help resolve the tension.

Short vs. Long Dreams: Are There Any Differences in Content?

A word search analysis of a five-year selection from my own dream journal reveals the same consistent patterns of content in both the shorter and longer reports.

Religious Self-Harm

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in In Excess
Some masochistic behaviours including self-flagellation have religious (rather than sexual) motivations. But what are the psychological reasons that motivate such behavior?

What Are the Most and Least Religious States in the USA?

The most religious states tend to fare poorly, while the least religious states tend to fare much better

Finding Meaning After Losing Faith

Young people who question everything may be born into communities that insist it is wrong to doubt their religion. Here's the story of one who got away and found his own meaning.

A Reflection on Near Death Experiences

How better to resolve the ambiguity surrounding death than by looking to those individuals who have apparently crossed over and then returned to us?

Losing My Religion

A solitary religious experience is common in White Christian churches. In contrast, Asian ethnic churches emphasize being part of a community.

A Short History of Monasticism

By Neel Burton M.D. on April 30, 2017 in Hide and Seek
For centuries, monasteries have offered an alternative way of life. How did it evolve, and where is it going?

Expression Leads to Oppression

Marco Rubio's #expressionNOToppression initiative inherently makes no sense.

The Dangers of Scientific Illiteracy

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Think Well
The widespread absence of scientific understanding within the population is unfortunate. But its lack among our elected leaders is downright dangerous.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and what does it mean?

Mona Haydar Speaks Your Language

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Haydar is no ordinary artist, and the concept behind Haydar’s first single, “Hijabi,” is anything but common.

Religious and Rational?

Can you be religious and rational? A United Methodist minister provides his answers to that question!

Why Religion Evolved

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in The Human Beast
Religion consumes up to a tenth of economic productivity in some societies. So it must produce corresponding benefits. What are they?

Why Do People Cherry-Pick Which Science They Accept?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
By not explaining why anything matters, science becomes dubious enough that we can easily escape its inconvenient truths.

The Dreams of a Religious Cult Member

What can a thirty-year long dream journal reveal about the life of an ex-member of a religious cult?

Before Adam and Eve

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in The Secular Life
Biblical myths are just that: myths.