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Why do we disagree? Ask natural selection.

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s entirely possible that Shakespeare’s innumerable rhetorical gems popped into his head willy-nilly without bidding, and he jotted them down for later use. He might not have had any particular character in mind. Then, as needed, he consulted his notes and inserted soliloquies and speeches and insults and profundities and short lines into the mouths […]

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If You Won the Powerball

Reading Time: 2 minutes OK, I admit it: I bought a ticket for the Powerball lottery this weekend. After multiple drawings with no winner, the grand prize hit $800 million, and could surpass $1 billion before tonight’s drawing. I’d argue that it’s not totally irrational to play. At $2 a ticket and jackpot odds of 1 in 292 million, […]

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What Is the Economy For, Anyway?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Consumerism Gone Wild. Read other perspectives here. The Guardian ran a column on a group of unsung heroes: the therapists to the super-rich, whose job it is to help their clients deal with the stress and strain of having all that money. According […]

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A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 14

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is part 14 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hi Andrew – I always like it when people come to our debates and tell us afterward that neither of us was who and what they were expecting. I take […]

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On Financial Independence

Reading Time: 4 minutes Via this interview on Vox, I came across an intriguing blog by a writer who goes by the unlikely appellation of Mr. Money Mustache. MMM, as I’ll call him for short, argues that an ordinary person can save enough to retire after as little as ten years of full-time work, without winning the lottery or […]

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Curiosity as a Purpose of Life

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the most common questions religious believers ask atheists is where we find purpose in life, what makes our existence meaningful and worthwhile. I’ve written about this subject on Ebon Musings, but I want to add to my answer. Both atheists and theists can give the usual answer of wanting to do good in […]