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Lauren Becker, Director of Marketing at the Center for Inquiry, is a science and nature interpreter who has taught at museums, parks, and planetariums around the country. Known for her commentaries on Point of Inquiry, the Center for Inquiry’s radio-show style podcast, she is an experienced environmental activist and advocate for science literacy and education.

Why We Need to Lose Religion to Save America

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 1, 2014
Why We Need to Lose Religion to Save America

On this National Day of Reason, it’s time to remember that revolutionary ideas work better than religious ideology.

It’s 1784 and James Madison has a problem: the General Assembly of Virginia has just proposed a bill that would establish a special tax to pay for “teachers of the Christian Religion.” The bill has wide support because the Episcopal Church—the dominant church—will benefit greatly from having taxpayers pay for its teachers. Madison, however, knows better. He knows the bill is an attack on the principle of freedom of conscience and a threat to the liberties so recently wrenched from King George III. ...

 

Darwin, Sacks, and Humanity’s Identity Crisis

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 12, 2014
Darwin, Sacks, and Humanity’s Identity Crisis

A few years ago, while researching a talk for Darwin Day, I came across an article by Steve Silberman called “The Fully Immersive Mind of Oliver Sacks.” Though it seemed unrelated to Darwin, I soon realized that Sacks and Silberman could help me get a better understanding of the cultural controversy over evolution and find an even greater appreciation for the gift of Darwin’s grand idea.

 

DNA and the Falsification of Beliefs

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 30, 2013
DNA and the Falsification of Beliefs

April is an important month to commemorate DNA discoveries and announcements, especially in the context of many widely-held religious beliefs.

Marriage Evolves

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 29, 2013
Marriage Evolves

Religious contracts based on sex are as inappropriate as arranged marriage and feudalism. If we really want to protect marriage, we must redefine it. Marriage for sex is no match for marriage for love.

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A Renewal of Sagan’s Voice on Science, Religion, and Survival

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Book Review

Review of The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God. by Carl Sagan.

300 million year old rock

January 17, 2007

The summer before my senior year of college I worked as a park ranger guiding hikes...

Identity Crisis

January 17, 2007
Identity Crisis

Not long ago, while researching a talk for Darwin Day, I came across an article by Steve Silberman...

Group News

Skeptical Briefs Volume 16.1, March 2006

Group News

Sympathy for the Empath?

Group News

Skeptical Briefs Volume 15.4, December 2005

Group News

Of School Boards and Science Battles

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