The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Why do people believe in conspiracy theories? UFOs, Area 51, the Illuminati, 9/11, New World Order, ‘chemtrails’, the moon landing – there are conspiracies about all of them and many people believe them. I’m not really interested in debunking all of these specific conspiracy theories. Since I don’t think there’s a shred of evidence for…

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Cave Paintings and Shamanism

Cave paintings indicate a huge turning point in the evolution of the human race. They indicate the emergence of creativity and imagination. The origins of art distinguished us from all other animals and it reflects a radical change in our consciousness – it’s when we started using symbols and images to represent our experiences. Jared…

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Secular America: Paine, Jefferson, and Madison

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was born in England but later migrated to America. His two pamphlets Common Sense (1776) and The American Crisis (1776-83) would be highly influential at the beginning of the American Revolution. Common Sense supported America’s independence from England, while The American Crisis inspired the Army which was to fight for that independence. But Paine also…

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The Most Bizarre and Disturbing Verses in the Bible

Some believe that the Book of Ezekiel contains passages about a UFO sighting. The Book of Ezekiel is full of ‘visions’ and this particular one is called ‘Ezekiel’s Wheel’: In Ezekiel 1:4, “I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north–an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The…

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Are We Living in a Multiverse?

The multiverse idea says that many universes exist, possibly an infinite number of them. The term ‘Universe’ literally means everything that there is, but it can also be more narrowly defined as everything that we can observe. This narrow definition allows for the possibility that other universes exist beyond this one, it’s just that we…

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