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Medical Advice of the Stars
Volume 39, No. 1
December / January 2019

It’s a funny thing that many people take amateur medical (or “wellness”) advice seriously if it comes from a shiny blonde movie star with a pleasing smile. The public doesn’t flock to buy health products promoted by car mechanics or dog groomers, but people who read lines in front of a camera—now that’s a whole …

Escape to Exile
Volume 38, No. 6
October / November 2018

September 30 is International Blasphemy Rights Day, an observance founded by the Center for Inquiry (CFI). In this issue, we spotlight one of the courageous writers imperiled for writing critically of religion who has received aid from CFI’s Secular Rescue program. Ghluam Kabir (not his real name) was an admin for the Facebook page Pakistani …

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Religious Belief and the Logic of Historical Inquiry
Volume 28, No. 1
December / January 2008

The two great intellectual revolutions in modern Western culture were the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century and the awakening of the historical consciousness in the nineteenth century. The themes of the first are familiar to us all: the notion of natural rights, the emphasis on reason rather than faith, freedom of the press, and the …


Reassuringly Rational: An Atheist Response to Fear
Volume 28, No. 1
December / January 2008

Like a particularly persistent bluebottle fly, one question has been buzzing round my head these last few weeks: why do atheists and theists seem incapable of communicating with one another? Time and again, we rationalists believe that our position has been expressed clearly and cannot possibly be misunderstood, yet, time and again, we find that …


Beyond Ponzi Economics
Volume 28, No. 1
December / January 2008

I’m not an economist, and I’ve never played a political scientist on TV.* But I peruse their literatures, and I’m puzzled by how seldom their discussions seem to focus on a problem that I consider desperately important. If I’m wrong—either because the problem is being tackled or because it’s less important than I think—I hope …


Religious Belief and the Logic of Historical Inquiry
Volume 28, No. 1
December / January 2008

The two great intellectual revolutions in modern Western culture were the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century and the awakening of the historical consciousness in the nineteenth century. The themes of the first are familiar to us all: the notion of natural rights, the emphasis on reason rather than faith, freedom of the press, and the …


Reassuringly Rational: An Atheist Response to Fear
Volume 28, No. 1
December / January 2008

Like a particularly persistent bluebottle fly, one question has been buzzing round my head these last few weeks: why do atheists and theists seem incapable of communicating with one another? Time and again, we rationalists believe that our position has been expressed clearly and cannot possibly be misunderstood, yet, time and again, we find that …