Archive for February, 2017

Mitigating the Pendulum Swing in American politics? Should liberals try to reconcile with Trump voters? Given the “in-your-face” pugnacious attitude of the GOP and Trump personally is this a reasonable strategy?

February 19, 2017

As you will know from reading this site, I have no love for Donald Trump. I fear he’s going to destroy America, and that this comes from his narcissism—his caring more about being loved and admired than about the welfare of America (or anyone but himself). But what I see now among the Left is […]

via Does demonizing Trump supporters help the Left? — Why Evolution Is True

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Neo-Liberalism’s Roots in the Writings of Hayek Explained: From Thatcher Through Blair-Clinton “Third Way” Opportunism, opening the door to Right-Wing Republicanism

February 18, 2017

Neo-Liberalism…what is that? It’s only the single most guiding principal in US politics for at least the last 3 decades. Instead of me explaining it here, this link will take you to a great read on it. Take a look: http://evonomics.com/rise-of-neoliberalism-inequality/

via Neo-Liberalism explained… — Sensible Politics

March for Science: Facts not Fictions

February 16, 2017

The March for Science date has been set for April 22, 2017 — also known as Earth Day. The main march will be in Washington D.C., with satellite marches around the country and the world.

via Science, Not Silence – March for Science on April 22, 2017 — JoAnn Chateau

Reading Books in the United States: The Great Disparity

February 15, 2017

I’ve long heard the claim that the average American reads less than one book a year, but a Pew Poll released last November shows that that’s not accurate—in two ways. First, as I note below, the concept of “books read by the average American” isn’t accurate, as the concept of “the average American” is meaningless on […]

via On the non-reading of books by Americans — Why Evolution Is True

Religious Adherence and Acceptance of Evolutionary Science Negatively Correlated in the United States (As Well Negative Correlation between Voting for Trump/GOP and Acceptance of Evolutionary Science)

February 12, 2017

Back in 2013 I put up a post showing a negative correlation between the religiosity of American states and their acceptance of evolution, a relationship that also holds among European countries (see original post for figures). At that time, I had access to religiosity for only the 10 most and 10 least religious states in the U.S., but […]

via New data on the religiosity of U.S. states and its correlation with accepting evolution — Why Evolution Is True

One could argue that one of the reasons Trump supporters believe that there are no “facts” (unless they support the tweets made by the so-called POTUS) is that they ground their belief systems in religious doctrine that is patently false

February 11, 2017

From Big Think we have physicist Lawrence Krauss showing why the “teach both sides” argument for evolution—and science in general—is fallacious. This argument is now being inserted into school standards by religionists who have lost repeated court battles trying to get creationism and intelligent design taught explicitly in public schools. Their new tactic is to pass school standards allowing or urging […]

via Krauss on why it’s dumb to make “teach both sides” arguments for evolution — Why Evolution Is True

Political Divisiveness in the United States is Increasingly Mimicking Religious Divisiveness: Children Are Less Likely to Marry Outside of Their Political Tribe

February 2, 2017

By many accounts, the U.S. presidential election in 2016 was one of the most contentious […]

via Partisan voters in U.S. increasingly prefer their children marry within the party, study finds — Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

Nonreligious underrepresented

February 2, 2017

Interesting comparison between the US Congress and the population it represents (in Canada, it is about one in four). In terms of the religion of Canadian MPs, my analysis of visible minority MPs is below: One in five Americans is religiously unaffiliated. Yet just one of 535 members of the new Congress is. That’s what […]

via Atheists, Agnostics, Nonreligious Remain Far Underrepresented In US Congress : NPR — Multicultural Meanderings