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September 26, 2015 Encountering Pope Francis's Laudato Si only through secondhand sources may leave many out of touch with its most profound philosophical, spiritual and ethical nuances, say two Cornell anthropologists.
September 22, 2015 Adam Frank reflects on the pope's statement through a talk with Jesuit priest and astronomer George Coyne, who he says may represent the beginnings of a true dialogue between science and religion.
September 15, 2015 Astrophysicist Adam Frank considers how our expectations, fears and anxiety about death affect our attitudes about the existence of a deity — and poses a question to readers.
Banner Peak in the Ansel Adams Wilderness outside Yosemite National Park in California.
August 20, 2015 Barbara J. King considers a new study that finds rates of affiliation with religious organizations are lower in places with favorable natural amenities and climates than in other places.
August 10, 2015 Many Americans say they would not vote for an atheist for president. It's based on incorrect assumptions about the connection between ethical behavior and religious belief, says Tania Lombrozo.
July 27, 2015 More than a dozen cognitive scientists, including Tania Lombrozo, joined a discussion in April aimed to encourage a sophisticated, evidence-based look at the psychology behind science and religion.
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July 21, 2015 As the popularity of mindfulness meditation grows, questions about its effectiveness from both a scientific and a spiritual perspective will continue to be debated, says commentator Adam Frank.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaking in Atlanta.
June 19, 2015 Does it matter if Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia thinks humanity is 5,000 years old — as he noted in a commencement address? Anthropologist Barbara J. King thinks so.
June 16, 2015 The public discussion on climate change occupies a weird alternate reality, despite the science; it's not really about the science — which is why Pope Francis' encyclical matters, says Adam Frank.
The percentage of Americans affiliated with a religion is declining, according to a new study.
May 13, 2015 When pondering whether a secular society can be moral, we must consider that there are certain values that stand above and beyond culture and faith, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
May 1, 2015 In 13.7 last week, guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams suggested we rethink the definition of "God." Commentator Alva Noë responds this week, questioning how this would work — and what we would gain.
April 29, 2015 Pope Francis is preparing to urge world leaders to take action on global warming — an example of how scientific and religious leaderships can work together for the common good, says Marcelo Gleiser.
This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a star known as R Sculptoris, located 1,500 light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Sculptor. The black region at the centre of the image has been artificially masked.
April 24, 2015 All traditional ideas of God are demonstrably inadequate to our time; they perpetuate conflict or fail to inspire us to rise to the challenges of today's world, says guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams.
The star in the center, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope, is known as V1331 Cyg and is located in the dark cloud LDN 981.
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April 23, 2015 If we take seriously our scientific knowledge, we can redefine God in a new and empowering way that expands our thinking and may help motivate and unite us, says guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams.
April 13, 2015 Commentator Tania Lombrozo says the answer to whether scientific and religious explanations are fundamentally at odds isn't a simple "yes" or "no" when it comes to explaining the world around us.
February 18, 2015 Traditional science has little to offer our longing for permanence, leading many to disenchantment, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Can we be scientific and satisfy our desire for transcendence?
An 1870 engraving by Gustave Dore depicts the vision of the golden ladder, a scene from Dante's Paradiso.
January 20, 2015 The idea that we, as individuals, did not exist 1,000 years ago doesn't seem to worry us. So, why does the idea of not existing in the future freak us out so much? Adam Frank explores this notion.
December 8, 2014 Should we express religious categories in terms of people's beliefs or their behaviors? Commentator Tania Lombrozo examines why we describe (a)theism the way we do.
November 23, 2014 Religious naturalists understand humans to be emergent from and, hence, a part of, nature, says commentator Ursula Goodenough. They also consider the religious potential in these beliefs.
October 21, 2014 The self-defined "unaffiliated" are apt not to reject science's promise of knowledge based on evidence but, rather, to embrace it, says commentator Adam Frank.
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October 20, 2014 Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers a new paper that may help make sense of the coexistence of seemingly contradictory religious and scientific beliefs.
Falls at Letchworth State Park in New York.
September 16, 2014 Recently, we've been talking atheists, awe, science and religion at 13.7. Commentator Adam Frank is weighing in, saying it is the experience of awe that sets us on the road to science or spirituality.
Actors in the TV series Star Trek (from left) Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy and James Doohan as Commander Scott.
September 12, 2014 Atheism and science face a real challenge: To frame an account of science, or nature, that leaves room for meaning. Atheists have pinned their flag to Mr. Spock's mast. But they need Captain Kirk.
September 10, 2014 Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says we must let go of the connection between spirituality and the supernatural and realize that science is an expression of our fascination with the mystery around us.
September 8, 2014 Awe is often associated with religion and spirituality, but atheists are no less capable of experiencing it. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo considers the common core of religious and scientific awe.
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