The Human-Made World

  *Crunch* The humble apple, something that we in developed nations take for granted, has a long and interesting history, and one that you are probably not aware of. The apple we see today comes in many varieties, from Red Delicious, to Granny Smith, to Gala and Fuji, but they all stem from a single plant which we have changed and customised to our palette’s desires over centuries. There are subtle variations in colour, flavour,...

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Imaginary Friends Show #177

Jake Farr-Wharton hosts Miranda C Hale (@MirandaCHale), and Ross Balch (@Skep_challenged) and I as we join new imaginary friends Psychic Vera and Deepak Chonopra to discuss life, the universe and everything. This was hilarious fun. Download mp3 here. The ImaginaryFriendsShow.com Podcast is part of the Secular Programming Family of secular podcasts, find out more at http://SecularProgramming.org Subscribe to the mother-flipping show via iTunes...

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On “Leaving The Tribe” – Rethinking my Slate Article

  It’s been nearly 6 months since I first wrote my article for Slate, which they titled in their editorial wisdom “Leaving the Tribe – Why I’m no longer part of the online atheism community.” From my perspective, it was a poorly though out decision to publish this article, for several reasons. First and foremost was my underestimation of just how badly it would be received by the readers at Slate. The most common...

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How Does Humanism Relate to Environmentalism?

  The earth is currently suffering from the sum of human activity, particularly the activity we have undertaken over the past 200 years. Environmental degradation can be blamed for many problems we face currently, and given our thirst for more, I believe it will only get worse in the near future. Huge swathes of rainforest are cleared daily, tops of mountains are lopped to unearth ore, seas are gradually losing their inhabitants and may...

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Population – Humanity’s Greatest Challenge

  There are currently over seven billion people on this planet. Experts predict that this could top nine billion by the end of 2050. But what does this mean for humanity? How does population compare as a problem against climate change, global warming, or the diminishing availability of fossil fuels upon which we so heavily depend? As always, there are more than one side to the story, and as always, the waters of information versus emotion...

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Why is Religion Harmful in Politics? A case study

  Many people say that atheists spend far too much time worrying about what others believe, and tell atheists that people should be able to believe whatever they want as long as it does no harm to anyone. To a point this is true; The only harm passive belief (i.e. belief in a god that made the universe without preaching) does is deny the believer certain facts, and clouds the reasoning process. Passive belief only affects the believer, and...

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