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Is ‘New Atheism’ a Religious, or Faith-Based Movement?

Michael A. Sherlock (Author)

Introduction

The pejorative accusation that ‘New Atheism’ is a religious, or faith-based movement is frequently made by ‘Classical Atheists’ and, ironically, by religious apologists [1] – those who fail to fathom the fallacies, cognitive errors, misconceptions and misrepresentations that beleaguer such a charge.  Firstly, what is ‘New Atheism’? And secondly, if we accept the premise that ‘New Atheism’ exists beyond vague, pejorative and discursive processes, in what possible way could one support the claim that it is somehow religious, or faith-based?

The religious attributes discursively ascribed to ‘New Atheism’ are in the same league as the militarism attributed to it – that is to say, it has become in vogue to label ‘New Atheists’ as being militaristic and religious about their lack of belief in gods and the supernatural – a lack of belief that is commonly misrepresented as a positive belief in the non-existence of the aforementioned supernatural phenomena. …

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GoEuro Gets $45M To Make Long Distance Trips By Public Transport As Easy As Uber

While on-demand startups like Uber and BlaBlaCar continue to pack warchests with massive funding rounds as investors bet big that leveraging individual car..

Source: GoEuro Gets $45M To Make Long Distance Trips By Public Transport As Easy As Uber

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Mozilla Will Stop Developing And Selling Firefox OS Smartphones

Farewell Firefox OS smartphones. Mozilla today announced an end to its smartphone experiment, and said that it would stop developing and selling Firefox OS..

Source: Mozilla Will Stop Developing And Selling Firefox OS Smartphones

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What Can We Call Blockchain To Help People Understand It?

Understanding blockchain technology is not for the average person. This is level 10,000 on the nerd scale. Which makes for a sizable challenge if you’re a..

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MTV desperately wants to reach millennials, but the VMAs are proof they’re doing it wrong

Dafuq??

Quartz

Despite myself, I wanted to watch the MTV Video Music Awards this year. I wanted to see Nicki, Taylor (and squad), and maybe Beyoncé, and relish the painfully awkward moments that live awards shows so reliably deliver. I understand MTV is trying to reach those pesky, cord-cutting millennials with a recent rebranding that integrates elements of internet ubiquity such as emojis, rainbows, and Miley Cyrus into a lo-fi, neon pastiche. You know, the stuff kids like.

I’m a little old for this—I was born in 1981, incidentally the same year as MTV—which, by some measures, makes me one year senior to the oldest millennials. (I write this with the side-eye of a high school sophomore observing incoming freshmen.)

I was willing to tolerate Miley and her tongue in order to enjoy the rest of this year’s show—maybe she’s this generation’s Max Headroom?—and figured it would be no problem…

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Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is a waste of money

Quartz

It has happened to all of us. You’re standing in the produce aisle, just trying to buy some zucchini, when you face the inevitable choice: Organic or regular?

It’s a loaded question that can mean many different things, sometimes all at once: Healthy or pesticide-drenched? Tasty or bland? Fancy or basic? Clean or dirty? Good or bad?

But here’s the most important question for many customers: Is it worth the extra money?

The answer: Probably not.

Higher price doesn’t really mean higher quality

It’ll come as no surprise to most shoppers that organic produce is typically more expensive than the other options. In March, a Consumer Reports analysis found that, on average, the prices on organic foods were 47% higher than on their conventional counterparts. USDA numbers bear out this difference too. The wholesale price of a 25-pound sack of organic carrots in San Francisco in 2013, for example, was more than three times the price…

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Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

TechCrunch

We’ve heard from sources that Mobcrush, a live-streaming service centered around mobile games much in the same way Twitch is known for streaming popular eSports desktop games, has raised around $10 million in new financing, though the number could have gone beyond that.

Mobcrush’s bet is that mobile game streaming will be as big — if not bigger — than some of the competitive game-streaming services that already exist. The gorilla in the room, of course, is Twitch — which Amazon bought for nearly $1 billion last year and has tens of millions (if not hundreds) of monthly viewers. Mobcrush raised $4.9 million in a round that round was formally announced in May, and in July Mobcrush came out of beta.

To be sure, mobile games are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Some of the most popular games on the App Store are strategy games like Clash of Clans. And while these…

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