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    How To Survive Socially As A Non-Believer

    Incredibly, it is still a widely-accepted assumption that everyone adheres to a religious faith of one kind or another. Despite numbers that show “nones” on the rise, believers, especially in America, will take it for granted that...

    • Posted September 22, 2016
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    The Death Of Shame—And How To Revive It

    Shame is a powerful emotion. It is the instinctive, unarticulated force of our conscience—one that informs and regulates our thought and action. Shame is, in many ways, the indispensable element of civilization. Without shame, we would never...

    • Posted September 16, 2016
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    How To Answer The Charge Of Racism

    All right, we may as well deal with this issue now before the campaign season descends even further into chaos and nonsense. So that we are absolutely clear: supporting Donald Trump does not in itself make you...

    • Posted September 2, 2016
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    Gaining Confidence Without Having Confidence

    Ah, confidence. That one word you’ve undoubtably heard over and over your entire life as to what you’re suppose to be. “Just be confident.” As if there’s a confidence switch in your brain that you can just...

    • Posted August 28, 2016
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    How To Deal With Frenemies

    The encounter was inevitable. Sooner or later you would have to meet him. Fate caught up with you at a company function. While getting a drink or taking another turn at the buffet, some mutual colleague introduced...

    • Posted August 26, 2016
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    Why You Shouldn’t Censor Yourself

    I was speaking with a friend the other day who told me that she can’t speak to one of her girlfriends about certain political issues because it upsets her. I have recently noticed a surge in the...

    • Posted August 25, 2016
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    Why You Should Strive For Perfection

    Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, Michelle Carter—names associated with pride, skill, endurance, excellence, in short, perfection. They are persons who will forever live in the annals of the Olympic games not only because of the gold...

    • Posted August 18, 2016
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    Why It’s Fashionable To Be Leftist—Again

    For nearly twenty plus years, few persons could abide to be called liberal, socialist, or any other name associated with left-wing politics. Ronald Reagan and the brand of conservative thought and values he introduced dominated America in...

    • Posted August 11, 2016
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    How To Deal With Truth-Baiting

    A new phenomenon is sweeping the Western world: truth-baiting. It is a consequence of what some are calling our post-truth culture, which is often characterized as the persistent and systematic proliferation of lies by figures of power...

    • Posted July 28, 2016
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    How To Criticize Without Showing Hate

    On my Facebook feed the other day I spotted a post from a friend complaining about the current state of American politics. It was filled with the usual canards about how angry and abusive everyone is and...

    • Posted July 22, 2016
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    The Voice Of Reason—How To Stand Up For Science

    Last week I wrote an article in which I laid out a rhetorical strategy for dealing with friends and family members who believe in the so-called paranormal. I would like now to expand on one of the...

    • Posted July 20, 2016
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