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The problem with the 'atheism' label, and leaving room for the ...

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From SAM HARRIS Author of Letter to a Christian Nation (This is an edited transcript of a talk given at the Atheist Alliance conference in Washington D.C. on September 28th, 2007) To begin, I'd like to take a moment to ...
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Psychology in Brief: 6 Things We Didn't Know Last Week (5 July 2013)

Psychology in Brief: 6 Things We Didn't Know Last Week (5 July 2013) | New Society Insights | Scoop.it
Make kids eat veg--How to be happy--Women sidestep maths stereotypes--Exercise protects brain from stress--The secrecy heuristic--Creative power of death.
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Religion in decline as census figures reveal there are 4million fewer ... - Daily Mail

Religion in decline as census figures reveal there are 4million fewer ... - Daily Mail | New Society Insights | Scoop.it
Daily MailReligion in decline as census figures reveal there are 4million fewer ...Daily MailIn addition to the huge spike in atheists, the proportion of Muslims has risen from 3.0 per cent to 4.8 per cent since 2001.
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Wish this was the case in the Middle East!

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» 7 Easy Ways to be Mindful Every Day - World of Psychology

» 7 Easy Ways to be Mindful Every Day - World of Psychology | New Society Insights | Scoop.it
Mindfulness has a way of sounding complicated. It’s anything but. “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present (7 Easy Ways to be Mindful Every Day: Mindfulness has a way of sounding complicated.
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Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one. | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network

Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one. | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network | New Society Insights | Scoop.it

There’s a certain allure to the elegance of mathematics, the precision of the hard sciences. That much is undeniable. But does the appeal mean that quantitative approaches are always germane? Hardly—and I doubt anyone would argue the contrary. Yet, over and over, with alarming frequency, researchers and scholars have felt the need to take clear-cut, scientific-seeming approaches to disciplines that have, until recent memory, been far from any notions of precise quantifiability. And the trend is an alarming one. ...

 

[of course, but those approaches are not the overwhelming]

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6 Simple Mindfulness Practices To Reframe Your ...

6 Simple Mindfulness Practices To Reframe Your ... | New Society Insights | Scoop.it
Get familiar with the Holstee Manifesto and join the fast track to a better understanding--and appreciation--of your work your life and the world...
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Preliminary Survey results | PhilPapers Surveys

Preliminary Survey results | PhilPapers Surveys | New Society Insights | Scoop.it
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what practicing philosophers believe today

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Deepest Man-made Hole In The World Drilled For Scientific Reasons

Deepest Man-made Hole In The World Drilled For Scientific Reasons | New Society Insights | Scoop.it

The deepest hole in the world is on the Kola peninsula of Russia near the Norwegian border. This hole is being drilled for scientific study purposes and is currently over 12,200 meters deep.

 

In 1926, Harold Jeffreys hypothesized that a transition zone within the crust, identifiable on seismic records as a “jump” in seismic velocity, could be attributed to a change in rock type from granite to a denser basalt. The deepest hole in the world being drilled at the Kola well has now penetrated about halfway through the crust of the Baltic continental shield, exposing rocks 2.7 billion years old at the bottom. One of the more fascinating scientific findings to emerge from this well is that the change in seismic velocities was not found at a boundary marking(Jeffreys’ hypothetical transition from granite to basalt), but it was at the bottom of a layer of metamorphic rock that extended from about 3.5 to about 9.8 km beneath the surface. This rock had been thoroughly fractured and was saturated with water. Free water should not be found at these depths. This could only mean that water which had originally been a part of the chemical composition of the rock minerals themselves had been forced out and prevented from rising by a cap of impermeable rock.


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Crowdsourcing the Humanities: Chris Lintott speaks at the Digital ...

While attending the Digital Humanities Summer School at Oxford university this summer, I had the chance to see a variety of lectures. The first of these was by Chris Lintott (Department of Physics, University of Oxford).
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An open letter to Peter LaBarbera, head of The Truth about Homosexuality

An open letter to Peter LaBarbera, head of The Truth about Homosexuality | New Society Insights | Scoop.it
  GOOD morning, Barbie. Listen up, doll, I have just read that you are “excited” that a new group has been set up to replace Exodus International, which earlier this...
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Popular atheism | The Uncredible Hallq

Popular atheism | The Uncredible Hallq | New Society Insights | Scoop.it
What's important about them, beyond their atheism? It's that, because of them, more people are reading books (and articles and blog posts) about atheism and the harms of religion than ever before. More people are listening ...
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