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I am an atheist

Posted on 9 September 2019 by Louise Antony

I am an atheist.  That is, I believe that God does not exist.  I don’t make a point of telling people this (except when I’m writing a philosophical piece like this), but when I do tell people this, I get strong, often accusing reactions.  People challenge my moral character (“So you don’t believe in right
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How to vote well

Posted on 26 August 2019 by Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij

It seems elections are everywhere at the moment. Following on the heels of EU elections that for the first time saw turnout increase, the US is gearing up for a Democratic primary packed with candidates and, eventually, for a Presidential election. Meanwhile, the UK is bracing for the possibility of a general election, if the
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Do we have the will to change what we believe?

Posted on 12 August 2019 by Hanna Kiri Gunn

A tweet made it to the United States’ front page of Reddit.com on July 21st 2019 from the subreddit, r/GetMotivated. The tweet, originally from @michaelmiraflor, read, “Unfollow [Instagram] models and influencers. Start following artists and designers. Your entire outlook on life will change”.
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Putting Academic Skepticism to Work

Posted on 29 July 2019 by Scott F. Aikin

The Academic Skeptics were philosophers who modeled themselves on Socrates and his method of questioning.  When the Delphic Oracle reported that no one was wiser than him, Socrates reasoned that whatever wisdom he had was to be found in his recognizing that he does not know many important things.  And so he does not pronounce
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