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2000 Years of Disbelief: Mark Twain

Twain's contempt and scorn for religion was kept secret for half a century after his death, lest it ruin his stature in Christian America.

Here’s what potential Mars colonists really need from Earth: A large gene pool

If we really want Martian colonies, we can’t send just a few Adams and Eves. We can’t set-up a Martian Jamestown of 100 people.

What America Needs Now Is a Secular President, Like George Washington

This is not an idle concern. Extreme caution seems advisable about one who claims that theology informs his policy positions.

Life on Mars? Will we find it? Will we colonize the Red Planet?

The planet Mars has been the focus of two ambitious projects: the search for life forms native to the planet and human colonization.

Deep-space travel, colonization may rely on genetically engineered life forms

As humanity looks outward, we ponder what kind of life we ought to take with us to support outposts and eventually colonies off the Earth.

Frozen in time: You can be cryogenically preserved, but will you ever be revived?

The rationale for those considering cryonics is that there's no guarantee they will ever be revived, but that it is reasonable that they might be.

Believers Kill Skeptics

Throughout history, a clear pattern is visible: Religious believers sometimes kill doubters or throw them into prison as criminals.

The Biggest News of the 21st Century – Churches Are Shrinking

What’s the most significant occurrence so far in the 21st century? The remarkably rapid collapse of religion in advanced democracies.

Six hints that Baby Jesus stories were late additions to early Christian lore

If we line up the four gospels - Mark (60CE), Matthew (70-90CE), Luke (80-95CE), then John (90-100CE) - an interesting pattern emerges.

To better the world, humans need to be more intelligent and moral. We must evolve.

In the intellectual realm we need to utilize technology to augment our intelligence by any means possible—including artificial intelligence.

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