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  1. Algor

    Are scientists biased against Christians?

    https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0226826 Christians are one of the most underrepresented groups in science, and one potential explanation is that scientists have a bias against Christian students, which could discourage...
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    Why do people distrust atheists?

    https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0246593#sec041 (Free full text! yay!) There is a widespread cross-cultural stereotype suggesting that atheists are untrustworthy and lack a moral compass. Is there any truth to this notion? Building on theory about the cultural...
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    Ideas of sin

    Sin is usually a religious concept (see OED: a. An act which is regarded as a transgression of the divine law and an offence against God; a violation (esp. wilful or deliberate) of some religious or moral principle. italics mine) but the idea of sin is so heavily linked to ideas of religion...
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    So.....local atheists

    I am not trying to argue that this is generalizable to atheists. Just want your opinion: do you believe that God does not exist? Choices: A. Yes B. I lack belief as to whether or not God exists. C. Other (please state). Me: A
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    A taxonomy of atheism

    Because people were discussing it. A psychological taxonomy of atheism. Personally, I think temperament and personality have a lot to do with how one settles on atheism as well, and these categories are not mutually exclusive, and may re-enforce each other, but forthwith an abbreviated version...
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    Should we work to get rid of Christianity?

    So some people think it would be better if Christianity were gotten rid of. Is there anyone here who thinks so. If so, how? Presumably most atheists here think the best way is through argumentation, persuasion and the demonstration that religion is not necessary for personal and social health...
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    Atheists and others here:

    How many people here have ever belonged to an explicitly atheist organization? Just curious. Myself, never. (Addendum: if you are or were an atheist and never have, I'm interested in that too)
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    Why Do You Believe in God?

    Whole paper available (free!) here: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0149989 Prior work has established that analytic thinking is associated with disbelief in God, whereas religious and spiritual beliefs have been positively linked to social and emotional...
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    What was your trajectory?

    This is a fun little paper, and available for free! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5912683/ I have some issues with the analysis: the methodology they use to derive their 7 different groups seem somewhat suspect IMHO for this application, but I don't have personal experience...
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    Perceived experiences of atheist discrimination:

    There isn't a lot of objective work on the sociology of atheism, but I ran across this in my rambles on bioethics: Perceived experiences of atheist discrimination: Instrument development and evaluation Journal of Counseling Psychology Vol. 2016 63(5): 557-570. Abstract: The present 2 studies...
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    Does Childhood Religiosity Delay Death?

    From: Journal of Religion and Health volume 60 , pages 420–443 (2021) Abstract This study explores the potential long-term health effects of religiosity in the childhood home. Analyses use retrospective childhood data from the MIDUS survey linked...
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    Well this is funny

    https://www.appliedeschatology.com/ The Institute of Applied Eschatology. Helping your (bad) dreams of tomorrow become the reality of today....
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    Ritual and Myth

    Something Pixie said brought this to mind: The relationship between a myth and an associated ritual can be complicated, but I think there are two major pathways: 1. The myth is created to explain the psychological power of the ritual (This is Frazier's thesis, elaborately illustrated...
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    I have to say that I find this problematic.....

    In my POV, medical decision making is on the basis of a patient-physician relationship that is fundamentally dyadic: that is to say there is a relationship of trust between the patient and the practitioner that is basically pairwise, andthe practitioner should not let political...
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