Hey guys, we're looking for more of your thoughts on your experiences with cancer for the marathon charity event we'll be having later this year to raise money for cancer research. We hope to have enough that we can read a selection of them on the air. As I've said, we'd really like to keep the focus on the fact that when we talk about cancer we're talking about real people's lives, not some abstract problem in need of a solution. We've partnered with the Foundation Beyond Belief and the Stiefel Freethought Foundation so that our charity drive will be included in those organizations's $500,000 matching challenge, the goal being to raise 1 million dollars for the cause!
Check out our newest interview! Dr. Daniel Simons. Previously a 5 year member of the faculty of Harvard University’s Department of Psychology, Dr. Daniel Simons is now a professor in the University of Illinois’s Department of Psychology and Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. His research interests include the cognition of vision, awareness, attention, and memory. With collaborator Dr. Christopher Chabris, Dr. Simons is famous for “The Invisible Gorilla” effect. The name for an effect of attentional blindness, our tendency to miss something when we focus on other things, the effect is so incredible, a significant number of people think not that their perception has tricked them but that the researchers tried to trick them! An author as well as professor and researcher, Dr. Simons (with Dr. Chabris) wrote a book– The Invisible Gorilla– describing the cognitive psychology of perception, attention, and memory in a compelling and easily accessible style.
On the correlation between religiosity and well-being in the US.
Polls find Republicans must evolve or die on gay marriage.
Lots of talk in the media about climate denialism; the media sacrificing journalistic integrity on the altar of false balance. However, only 1/10th of Americans is a denialist.
Mother gives former church bad reviews online, pastor sues her for half a million dollars.
How can a smart woman oppose gay marriage? A look into the Prime Minister of Australia's position on the question.
Lots of books in recent years, including a few just recently, on the subject of how our minds work. Why so much thinking about thinking?
Greta Christina offers the definitive smackdown of the Secular Coalition of America's choice of Edwina Rogers as executive director.
Is the purpose of sleep to let our brains defragment like a computer harddrive?
A 100 million year old piece of amber offers up the oldest example of insect pollination.
New research offers insights into how people on different sides of the political spectrum each can feel like they're doing their best to live up to Jesus's example. Bottom line: Jesus agrees with your opinions but is a bit more extreme.
Anthropologists in France have discovered a giant engraved limestone block that at 37,000 years is the oldest example of art.
Seth Mnookin lays some destruction on a deeply dangerous stupid post on vaccines.
New study says that if you want people to trust atheists more, remind them of cops and courts.
Donald Prothero offers his takedown of the repeatedly refuted climate denialist claim that the Medieval Warm Period was just as hot as it is now.
Failure to replicate studies in psychology is a problem. A closer look at one question, priming, and the conflicting opinions in psychology.
The Council for Secular Humanism released a new report saying that citizens of the US subsidize religion to the tune of 71billion dollars!
Again and again... The only real miracles are science's. A woman uses her volition for the first time in years following a brain stem hemorrhage that left her unable to move, controls a robotic arm with her thoughts.
As oxygen filled the atmosphere, life's biological clock started ticking. An incredible thing. Do check it out.
US has warmest 12 month period on record. It's been 326 months since the planet experienced a month that was below the average 20th century temp. Nearly half the world's population hasn't experienced a month that was cooler than normal. Meanwhile, Australasia has hottest 60 years in a millennium.
Bloomberg did a comparison of the last 50 years of Democrat and Republican presidents to see whose policies are better for the economy. It's the Democrats that win, often by a significant margin.
Ignoring the creationist threat won't make it go away. Scientists have to fight back.
Another incredible discovery. Bacteria 20 meters below the deep seabed that haven't had anything to eat since back when dinosaurs roamed the planet are still alive... barely.
Texas's war on history. Attempts there to whitewash and conservative-ize the past.
In the video game of life, Straight White Male is the lowest difficulty setting there is. A great analogy. The author followed up to address criticisms.
Microbial life at the edges of glaciers offers clues to the search for life on Mars, Europa, and Enceladus.