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Atheism and Cognitive Science  

Jonathan Lanman

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
The findings of the cognitive sciences enrich our understanding of atheism by providing a more nuanced and empirically grounded concept of ‘belief’ and by problematizing psychological ... More

Atheism and Darwinism  

David P. Barash

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
Although evolution by natural selection does not necessarily disprove the existence of God (thus, it does not ‘prove’ the validity of atheism), it negates two of the more potent ... More

Atheism and the Physical Sciences  

Victor J. Stenger

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
While belief in gods was almost universal in the ancient world, Thales of Miletus introduced the notion that observed phenomena could be explained in natural terms without invoking imagined ... More

Atheism and the Rise of Science  

Taner Edis

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
Atheists, conservative theists, and religious liberals often read the history of science in ways that support their own position. Atheists expect continual mutual support between science ... More

Atheism, Health, and Well-Being  

Karen Hwang

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
The last few years have seen a great deal of research on the association between religion, spirituality, and medical outcomes. This research has not been without controversy however, in ... More

Naturalism and the Scientific Method  

Michael Ruse

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
Methodological naturalism is the claim that there is no need to invoke the supernatural, including God or gods, in giving scientific explanations. Metaphysical naturalism is the claim that ... More

The Psychology of Atheism  

Miguel Farias

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
This essay suggests that atheists endorse a range of naturalistic beliefs, such as belief in progress and in science. Social-psychological evidence for this belief replacement hypothesis, ... More

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