Religion and gambling have the same effect on your brain


Finding Jesus can feel a lot like falling in love, winning an award or getting high because all of these events activate the same reward circuits in the brain,…
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Why It’s Not Easy Becoming an Ex-Mormon


It’s a grueling process when a member decides to leave the Mormon Church, including submitting a letter that announces one’s official resignation.
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Brain scans on Mormons show religion has a similar effect to taking drugs – ScienceAlert


The idea of god can have a powerful effect on the human brain.
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The dark rigidity of fundamentalist rural America: a view from the inside


The dark rigidity of fundamentalist rural America: a view from the inside
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What It’s Like to Be Black and Atheist


African-Americans are statistically the most religious group in the U.S. Leaving that community can be extremely hard, and carry a heavy price.
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Maria Konnikova on the Opportunism of Con Men, Cults, and Organized Religion


Psychologist and writer Maria Konnikova looks at the mechanisms of human nature that have allowed con artists, religious authorities, and cult leaders to prevail for thousands of years.
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Catholic bishops apologize for role in Rwanda genocide


“A church statement acknowledged on Sunday its members planned, aided, and executed the genocide, in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu hardliners.”
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Weaning People off Religious Belief Is a Sales and Marketing Problem


One day, people will look back on humanity’s religious past and laugh, says skeptic and science writer Michael Shermer.
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And Then There Were Nones: How Millennials’ Flight From Religion is Transforming American Politics

In 1979, Jerry Falwell launched the Moral Majority, a “pro-family” lobby group for evangelical Christians that was aimed at thwarting the secular forces set in motion by the counterculture of the 1960s. In a speech at the time, Falwell told a crowd of fellow evangelicals that America didn’t really have a Bible Belt. Rather, he bellowed from his podium to the cheers of the crowd, “There’s a Bible cloak in America that covers the whole blooming republic, and they’re everywhere ready for the leadership [that] preachers [like] you and I can offer them —and let’s give it to them!”
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The Atheist Population is Growing – Here are the Top 10 Benefits of Being an Atheist – think24x7

In spite of the fact that the correct number is difficult to bind, an expected 13% of the world population, identifies as atheist (non-believers). While accepting or not having confidence in a God is a difficult individual decision, there is a developing collection of evidence that focuses to specific advantages of being an atheist.
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