“Our technologies are certainly changing us and our planet.”
A Dangerous Master
“The profits of those best able to game the system have taken precedence over the integrity and stability of markets.”
The Moral and Political Dangers of Autonomous Weapons
“It may strike some as incredible that soldiers ‘treat their enemies with respect,’ even as they line them up in their crosshairs.”
Nanotech: New Legal and Moral Challenges
“It remains to be seen whether nanotechnology will suffer lapses such as those of medical science.”
Autopia: The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You
Whatever answer to an ethical dilemma the car industry might lean toward will not be satisfying to everyone.
Enhancing Virtues: Fairness
“We can begin to experiment with ways to enhance our moral reasoning with drugs and devices to become even better citizens.”
Is the Unthinkable the New Acceptable?
“The views of the alt-right lie distinctly outside of what we have come to accept as the boundaries of the Overton Window.”
The Morality of Risk: A Primer
Given the lapses by scientists, governments, and corporations in permitting harms that have come about through the development of technology and marketing of products outside of medicine, might we consider applying the Belmont Principles to scientific research in general?
The Brain Science of Political Deception and the 2016 Election
“Many people are increasingly getting their news mainly or only from their own personalized social media sources; this tends to exclude information that differs from their own beliefs.”
Join Our Tribe
“If organized, we could have a major influence on public policy (and not just among Democrats). Now, we are ignored.”
Celebrating the Post-Truth World
“The media should affirm the post-truth world as an antidote to the childishness of the feel-good propaganda in which they have basked for so long.”
Panic and Emptiness
“It’s a humiliation for the whole country and all of us in it to ave an ignorant, dim-witted, narcissistic bully as head of state, one without even a façade of grown-up decent behavior.”
Keep Dissent Nonviolent
“While I understand the shock and fear—and indeed, I feel some of it myself—we mustn’t allow it to cloud our thinking.”
We Need To Say ‘No!’
“A hard-Right ideology ramps up gradually—and so does tolerance to it.”
Toward a Rational Muslim Immigration Policy
Secular Bengali bloggers are hugely valuable, because they contribute intellectually to the war of ideas against jihadists.
Doomed to Repeat?
There was another election remarkably similar to this one…
George Albert Wells, 1926–2017
Wells is best known as an advocate of the thesis that Jesus is a mythical— not historical—figure
Many Struggles Won Religious Freedom
“In past centuries, religious wars, persecutions, and cruelties were common.”
Nat Hentoff, 1925–2016
“His views often riled many of his fellow humanists.”
Letters in response to Free Inquiry Volume 37, No 2.
Betsy DeVos and Blaming Blaine
“So here we are in early 2017 with a president who never attended or sent his own children to public schools picking as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.”
Why Does God Have to Be Worshipped?
For so many reasons, no god (even if one existed) could seriously demand worship!
Another Step Forward for Freethought Literature
Review of: Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation
Bait and Switch
Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don’t Believe, by Tom Krattenmaker (New York: Convergent, 2016, ISBN 978-1-101-90642-2) 245 pp. Hardcover, $25.00. Despite the title, Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, this book is classified by the publisher on the dust jacket as “Religion-Spiritual,” and it is. One wonders …
Neversend post to my everlasting salvation
Poem: Dear now-I-lay-me-downs, Dear tight-white shoes, Dear if-I-dies…