Top 20 Most Popular

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Of the 400+ articles and recordings by Valerie Tarico collected here, these  20 are among the most popular. The articles in this short list have appeared at a variety of online news and opinion sites, together receiving over 2 million views and tens of thousands of … Continue reading

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Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 4: Religion – Symbiote or Parasite?

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Missed Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3?   Given that our world is plagued by religious conflict and cruelties, some antitheists have suggested that religion as a whole is a form of pathology. But as worried and angry as we … Continue reading

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Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 3: The Human Mind as a Host for Contagious Ideas

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Missed Part 1 or Part 2? I like to think that I am the master of my thoughts—that I generate and control them and that they serve my own purposes. But that is only one way to look at things. It … Continue reading

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Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 2: Why We Pass on False Ideas

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Missed Part 1?  Click here. When my brother David was three, he learned how to pee standing up. He was so excited, that the next time he saw sister Kathy, age twenty, heading for the bathroom, he ran after her … Continue reading

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Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 1: The Brain-Changing Power of Religious Belief

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To progress toward a better future, humanity desperately needs a better understanding of religion. Maybe microbes can help. Religion is one of the most powerful forces in human society. Before the rise of America’s Christian Right and before Islamists turned … Continue reading

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Evidence About Jesus is Weaker than You Might Think

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Most people would be shocked to learn how little is actually known about Jesus. Note: This story was co-authored with David Fitzgerald, author of “Jesus: Mything in Action.” Before the European Enlightenment, virtually all New Testament experts assumed that handed-down … Continue reading

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What if Jesus Never Existed? An Interview with History Writer David Fitzgerald

With Easter coming, some people are debating whether the resurrection of Jesus really happened. Others are debating whether Jesus was even real. In ten years of writing for news and opinion sites, my most popular article about religion was one … Continue reading

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Would You Like to Have a Kid in the Next Year?

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One Key Question improves family planning and lives. In contrast with Europe and Canada, Pacific Northwest communities face an epidemic of surprise pregnancy. Northwest women say that almost half of their pregnancies are mistimed or unwanted. This causes hardship in … Continue reading

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