Atheism Rises in U.S.—But What About Reason?
Ari Armstrong August 25, 2012
According to a recent WIN-Gallup International poll, the number of Americans saying they are “religious” has declined since 2005 from 73 percent of the population to 60 percent. In that same period, the number of “convinced atheists” has risen from 1 to 5 percent of the population. In the 39…
Is Dan Ariely's Latest Book Predictably Dishonest?
Daniel Wahl August 22, 2012
Dan Ariely, a professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, has released a new book, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves. If that title makes you go “hmmm” you might appreciate Eric Daniels’s review of Ariely’s last book, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that…
Philosophy, Science & Technology
The Role of Religion in the Scientific Revolution
Frederick Seiler August 20, 2012
Takes to task claims that religion was somehow responsible for the profound scientific advancements that animated the 16th and 17th centuries, and shows that the cause of these advancements was not religion or faith but the partial freeing of the mind from religious restrictions and the consequent use of observation and logic.
Can Paul Ryan Make the Moral Case for Capitalism?
Paul Hsieh August 18, 2012
[caption id="attachment_8844" align="alignright" width="300"] Image: Gage Skidmore[/caption] GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan sets forth his basic political philosophy in an August 13, 2012 article for American Spectator, “Who Built America?” Ryan explicitly attempts to make the “moral case” for capitalism, arguing that “people have a God-given right to use…
Ayn Rand & Objectivism, Philosophy
How Paul Ryan as GOP VP Nominee Does—And Does Not—Change The Debate
Paul Hsieh August 11, 2012
Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has just selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential nominee. Although we'll undoubtedly hear much more about Ryan in the next few days, I'd like to offer some early thoughts on how Ryan's selection will and will not change the 2012 political debate. On…
Islamist Ideology Leads to Murder—Again
Ari Armstrong July 13, 2012
Islamists commit so many atrocities—from slaughtering Americans and Israelis, to murdering homosexuals and Christians, to disfiguring and murdering women, to raping and mutilating little girls—that one can become lackadaisical about the countless related stories that stream past us on the internet and television every day. But once in awhile we…
Philosophy, Politics & Rights
AmeriCorps: Collectivist, Immoral, and Should be Eliminated
Joshua Lipana April 7, 2012
The New York Times is calling for the government to “step up” its support for AmeriCorps, while reprimanding Republicans who want to reduce or eliminate funding for it, castigating them for forgetting “the value of community service.” AmeriCorps’ activities, which consist primarily in working with other non-profit organizations to “build…
Ayn Rand & Objectivism, Philosophy, Politics & Rights
Reason Ralliers Need the "How" of Reason-Based Rights
Ari Armstrong April 2, 2012
“America was not founded on God and religion. America was founded on reason,” said Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine, at the 2012 Reason Rally in Washington, DC. He added: The Age of Reason . . . was the age when humanity was born again, not from original sin, but…