Childhood Trauma and the Origins of Religious Myth
Jul 13, 2016 · 41 

by Benjamin Abelow In this article, I present evidence that an intimate and largely unrecognized connection exists between childhood trauma and religion. In particular, it appears that many of the world religions have been deeply shaped by historically widespread practices of childhood corporal punishment, abandonment, and neglect. These influences have long been hiding in plain …

Does a referendum trigger swarm behaviour? Do humans share swarming behaviour with locusts?
Jul 1, 2016 · 113 

By Jonathan Kingdon As a mechanism to induce group action, a referendum reduces the many complexities of existence into a simple binary choice of actions – yes/no, left/right, in/out. Animals such as lemmings, locusts, sardines and free-tailed bats swarm in response to simple social and physiological stimuli which elevate hormones, notably serotonin. Could the emotions …

Islamic Modernity Depends on Islamic Reformation
May 10, 2016 · 50 

By  Ayushman Jamwal No matter what the proponents of Islam and Christianity believe, it is a challenge to call a faith peaceful when the good and evil receive sanction from the same scripture. Punishment for apostasy and homosexuality, curtailing the rights of women, and slavery — while the peaceful proponents of both faiths can identify …

Harry Kroto
May 2, 2016 · 3 

Kissing Provides Cold Comfort
Apr 21, 2016 · 13 

by Richard Dawkins The common cold is not serious enough to warrant high levels of medical attention, but it is unpleasant, debilitating, and economically costly if you add up its effects over a whole population. The family of viruses responsible for colds can infect through the air, but the favoured method is surface-to-surface contact. You …

Join the Trend: Wear Odd Socks
Apr 18, 2016 · 76 

An April 4th Update from Richard
Apr 4, 2016 · 33 

First, thank you for the (c 1300) lovely birthday wishes that you have sent in to Also for the (c 500) good wishes for my recovery at I seem to be recovering according to plan. The physiotherapist and other aftercare therapists have completed their six weeks of home visits. At least one of …

Evolution in Georgia: A job for the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science
Mar 9, 2016 · 6 

by Michele Drucker   When Dr. Leslie Jones told friends ten years ago she would be moving to Georgia to teach evolution at Valdosta State University, she got ribbed. “You can’t teach evolution in Georgia,” they curtly announced. It turns out, her friends were largely correct. “Ten years ago the kids were freaked out about learning …

Letter from Richard- Feb 17th
Feb 17, 2016 · 220