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What's wrong with human extinction?

InYourFaceNewYorker - 10 December 2011 264 Comments

At the risk of beating a dead horse, this is going to be another Dr. Jack Kevorkian-inspired discussion. The other day I found and listened to an interview with Dr. Kevorkian . At one point...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING

Children's cartoon tackles cults

InYourFaceNewYorker - 07 November 2011 24 Comments

If you're a child of the '80s as I am, chances are you remember Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers. Stop laughing for a second. They actually did a show in which the Rangers investigated a...

TAGGED: CULTS, TV

Richard Dawkins Tribute Art

InYourFaceNewYorker - 05 November 2011 79 Comments

If anyone has art they would like to add please send an e-mail to submissions@richarddawkins.net with the image sized to a max of 550 width. ...

TAGGED: RICHARD DAWKINS

Why do people torture each other?

InYourFaceNewYorker - 04 October 2011 92 Comments

I recently read Peter Balakian's book Black Dog of Fate, a memoir in which the author uncovers his Armenian past and discovers what happened to his family in the Armenian Genocide. I cringed at...

TAGGED: ABUSE, BEHAVIOR, EVOLUTION, SOCIETY

Are Doctors Cowards? Is the Medical Profession Corrupt?

InYourFaceNewYorker - 08 May 2011 41 Comments

Lately I've been fascinated with Dr. Kevorkian, the infamous pathologist who helped over 130 terminally ill patients die between 1990 and 1998. When I listen to him speak, I generally agree with...

TAGGED: LAW, MEDICINE, MORALITY

My thoughts on death and Richard's quote about us being the lucky ones

InYourFaceNewYorker - 28 February 2011 15 Comments

This morning I learned that last week a girl who was on my 1997 summer trip to Israel with me died. Apparently, she was trying to take a picture of a waterfall in a national park but standing too...

TAGGED: PHILOSOPHY

Getting Friends and Family to Read Richard Dawkins Books: Stories

InYourFaceNewYorker - 12 December 2010 83 Comments

Has anybody had any success stories about getting their friends or family to read Richard Dawkins books as well as what effect the books have had on them? Here are my stories: Right after I...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, BOOKS, RICHARD DAWKINS

Religion and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

InYourFaceNewYorker - 29 November 2010 5 Comments

Judaism and Islam seem to lend themselves to people with obsessive-compulsive disorder because of some of their silly rules-- don't flip a switch on Shabbat (Judaism), don't go to the bathroom...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, CRITICAL THINKING, RELIGION

What Should be Done With Sociopaths?

InYourFaceNewYorker - 09 November 2010 184 Comments

People love the idea of our minds being blank slates, but they're not. Steven Pinker's great book, The Blank Slate... Well, I've endorsed his book a million times. You know what I'm getting at. ...

TAGGED: --, BEHAVIOR, CHILDREN, DEBATE POINTS, HUMAN RIGHTS, PSYCHOLOGY

Should Young Earth Creationists be Allowed to be Doctors?

InYourFaceNewYorker - 02 November 2010 204 Comments

Should young-Earth creationists be allowed to be doctors? Should someone who helps you take care of your body be someone who doesn't believe in evolution? It's like scientists say, that without...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, EVOLUTION, MEDICINE

Confessions of a Desperate Sellout

InYourFaceNewYorker - 01 November 2010 49 Comments

How far would you be willing to "sell out" to make ends meet? That is a question I have come face-to-face with in the past two years. After being laid off in the spring of '08, I have leapfrogged...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING, MORALITY

Homeschooling: another perspective

InYourFaceNewYorker - 16 October 2010 61 Comments

I understand that a lot of people here are probably strongly opposed to homeschooling, as many children are homeschooled for religious reasons: FSM forbid they should be exposed to evolution....

TAGGED: CHILDREN, DEBATE POINTS, EDUCATION

Book recommendations

InYourFaceNewYorker - 13 October 2010 39 Comments

I think this website ought to have a thread that recommends books-- fiction or nonfiction -- that are related to its mission. Please recommend books other than those by the Four Horsemen;...

TAGGED: BOOKS

The Mysteries of the Human Brain

InYourFaceNewYorker - 08 October 2010 29 Comments

Tonight I went to see Sam Harris give a lecture about the science of morality as he promoted his new book, The Moral Landscape. Since Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, and since I'm endlessly...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, BEHAVIOR, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, CRITICAL THINKING, GENETICS, PSYCHIATRY, PSYCHOLOGY, RELIGION, SCIENCE

The Curious Incident of the DAWKINS in the Night-Time?

InYourFaceNewYorker - 15 September 2010 14 Comments

Has anybody read the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time? It is about a boy with high functioning autism who investigates the murder of his neighbor's dog. I think the author,...

TAGGED: BOOKS, CREATIONISM, EVOLUTION, RELIGION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SCIENCE

Children's Book- "Layla's Head Scarf"

InYourFaceNewYorker - 12 September 2010 25 Comments

I was at the Brooklyn Book Festival today and there was a children's book called Layla's Head Scarf . It is about a little girl, Layla, who feels left out in school because she is the only child...

TAGGED: BOOKS, CHILDREN, EDUCATION, ISLAM, RELIGION

How Have Richard Dawkins's Books Affected Your Everyday Thinking?

InYourFaceNewYorker - 10 September 2010 49 Comments

A bit of a rehash of my thread "This is Your Brain on Dawkins" from the old forum... What makes Richard's books stand out from other science books is that the style in which he writes really...

TAGGED: BOOKS, EVOLUTION, HUMOR, RICHARD DAWKINS

Evolution and Racism

InYourFaceNewYorker - 09 September 2010 25 Comments

As often happens, my brain goes into one of its tailspins and asks, "WHY?" This week, I was thinking about the kinds of... for lack of a better word... doublethink that go on and have gone on in...

TAGGED: ABUSE, BEHAVIOR, EVOLUTION, HATE, HUMAN RIGHTS

America and education

InYourFaceNewYorker - 03 September 2010 54 Comments

I was talking to my mom, a high school teacher, last week. She was lamenting the pre-Labor Day beginning of the school year, and I talked about how when I went to summer camp, all my friends started...

TAGGED: EDUCATION

Mitochondrial DNA tests

InYourFaceNewYorker - 09 July 2010 1 Comments

My third cousin (sharing a set of great-great grandparents with me) submitted her DNA for analysis. She said that in our shared lineage, "we are in the same Haplogroup and subhaplogroup as the...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION, GENETICS, SCIENCE