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John Shook

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John Shook is Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry–Transnational in Amherst, N.Y., and Research Associate in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, since 2006. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books, is a co-editor of three philosophy journals, and travels for lectures and debates across the United States and around the world.

Sam Harris vs. The Philosophers on Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 14, 2010
Sam Harris thinks that science can help with morality. Humanists should hope that he is right.

Science is not equivalent to Naturalism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 10, 2010
Science is not equivalent to Naturalism
Religions beg science to limit itself to nature. But science is more powerful than that.

Correcting stereotypes about Science and Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 4, 2010
There are differences between science and religion, but perhaps not where you have supposed

If Humanists overlook Evil, do they commit a Secular Sin?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 27, 2010
Humanists wonder if their worldview can have any role for "sin" or "evil"

Secularity and Secularism explained

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 20, 2010
A handy guide to varieties of the secular

Biology textbooks should stay out of Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 14, 2010
It is inappropriate for a biology text to directly address a damaging social trend that is hurting the teaching of science

The Naturalistic Approach to Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 13, 2010
The Naturalistic Approach to Morality
Naturalism can explain how people acquire and change moralities

There is Objective Morality in Nature

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 6, 2010
Naturalism can accomodate objective morality, if you know where to look for it.

But who caused the Big Bang?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 31, 2010
But who caused the Big Bang?
The Big Bang can't reveal the hand of God.

Natural Brain vs. Supernatural God

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 26, 2010
Natural Brain vs. Supernatural God
How could any evidence for God be found inside the brain?

The Origins of Morality really do Matter

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 23, 2010
If there is a replacement for traditional religious morality, we need a correct account of morality's origins.

Is Atheism the Party of No?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 20, 2010
Problems with the individualistic approach to the world

Religious Rights don’t extend to Murder

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 15, 2010
Freedom of religious expression stops where the right to life and liberty starts

Where can Science and Religion conflict?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 9, 2010
Where can Science and Religion conflict?
The "intelligent" design of religion could help avoid conflict with science

Why is there a Universe, and how did it come from Nothing?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 5, 2010
Why is there a Universe, and how did it come from Nothing?
Alan Guth and Lawrence Krauss explain the universe's origin from nothing and dispel religious arguments along the way

Will young adults gravitate more towards Humanism?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 2, 2010
Young adults are more pluralistic and secular, a new Pew study finds

Secular Reason vs. the Sky King

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 23, 2010
Will secular society come crawling back to God eventually?

Racism is linked to Religious dogmatism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 16, 2010
Racism is linked to Religious dogmatism
A new analysis of religious attitudes shows how the devout are more prejudiced

Morality evolved first, long before Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 10, 2010
Morality evolved first, long before Religion
Religion is an artificial way of enforcing humanity's natural morality.

Religious freedom is self-contradictory?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 2, 2010
Religious freedom is self-contradictory?
Friends of religion apparently need another lesson about defending religious freedom.

Praise God for 150,000 dead in Haiti

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 25, 2010
Praise God for 150,000 dead in Haiti
It's time to give credit where credit is due.

Homeothapy skeptics plan mass overdose on useless pills

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 22, 2010
Homeothapy skeptics plan mass overdose on useless pills
A United Kingdom anti-homeothaphy group is staging a protest by swallowing huge doses of homeothapic "remedies".

Free Will is only Natural

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 19, 2010
Free Will is only Natural
Your common sense impression that you freely control your actions is quite natural, and often correct.

Atheism doesn’t kill people, Fanaticism kills people

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 12, 2010
Atheism doesn’t kill people, Fanaticism kills people
Trying to blame atheism for modern warfare is like trying to blame dieting for childhood obesity.

The Skepticism of Carl Sagan

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 5, 2010
The Skepticism of Carl Sagan
A new collection of Carl Sagan's writings in Skeptical Inquiry is available online.

More Americans leaving Christianity

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 27, 2009
Gallup Poll finds that the number of non-Christians keeps growing.

The Long History of Naturalism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 22, 2009
Naturalism has been around as long as most religions still in existence today.

Religious Humanists and Secular Humanists

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 14, 2009
No, they are not all the same.

Skeptics getting skeptical towards Atheism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 11, 2009
When skeptics get skeptical towards atheism, is there a rational way forward?

Christian humanism, religious humanism, and secular humanism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 8, 2009
These three kinds of humanism are facing their greatest challenge, and it is not from each other.

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