In the 2008 survey, 16% of Americans said they had no religious affiliations, but of that group, only 10% identified themselves as atheists and 15% as agnostics. Far from joining in religion-bashing, roughly 4 out of 10 currently unaffiliated said religion is at least somewhat important in their life. And many said they are still hoping to eventually find the right religious home. Among those who were raised Catholic or Protestant, the study says, “1 in 3 say they just have not found the right religion yet.”
Here Matthew Yglesias, writing for The American Prospect, wonders why if the ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ that some conservatives believe are so useful and lawful America doesn’t use them more widely.
I don’t hear the calls for a waterboarding apparatus in every American police station or for equipping the Afghan national army with fewer guns and more bug-filled boxes.
The Obama team thinking of cutting spending by $100 million:
A group of some of my favorite scientists (and 1 philosopher of science) sit down and have a wonderful conversation about the state of science, the process of science, the education of science, the spreading of science, and the unification of the disciplines of science (and some other things). Another long one, but anyone with any interest in science as a general topic will really enjoy this.
Sean was skeptical that atheists are thought of as low as I suggested. Well here is some polling to back up my claims.
Check out this great presentation at a recent atheist convention on the scientific research about why people have religious beliefs. I strongly recommend everyone watch the whole thing; it’s a bit long but very interesting and well worth it.
A great column by George Will showing the ridiculous consequences of race-based hiring. It’s not racist to hire people based on their merits. It is racist to not hire someone because of the color of their skin. When will everyone learn this?