"I agree that the only way to minimize cognitive dissonance is to constantly critically question our beliefs, to test that they are rational, ethical and based (as much as possible) on rigorous scientific results (i.e. as empirical as possible).
"I agree with you Razib is spot-on. My problem is how do I know that I'm not doing the same (although I have a hell of a lot of cognitive dissonance with my upper-middle class peers - all those god fearing republicans (and democrats))?"
"I agree, I read this article this morning on the NPR website and wondered what universe these conservatives inhabit (probably the Bush universe?). If anything Obama has been more than charitable to religion than they deserve, after…"
"Great post, I couldn't agree more, the Rethuglicans are a bane on all thinking individuals. For an interesting read try David Michael Green, http://www.regressiveantidote.net/index.htm. I like him as a counterpoint to all the drivel…"
"I disagree in that I don't think Obama did the best with what he had. I am not the first to be of the opinion that he uses the tools of rhetoric poorly. He should be up there on the bully pulpit pushing his themes again and again…"
Right, Many years ago I volunteered at the Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits in LA) cleaning fossil Dire Wolf skulls and Saber Tooth Cat skulls of tar. It was really fun!! Subsequently, I purchased a replica skull and then…"
"I'm disappointed in the list, and the ordering. My take is that Hitchens and Dawkins have done more to promote rational thought and atheism (maybe including Randi & Dennett) than any living humans. I must be ignorant too, as I…"
"Wow! A big cheer for Ms. Borah, if only the rest of the country had the same clear thinking and vision. If only our president had some guts to say something about the about what will be the defining issue of all time."
"“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning…"