Every Penny

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7 Responses to Every Penny

  1. UpstateIslandersFan says:

    No thank you. I prefer the work Catholic Charities does.

  2. UpstateIslandersFan says:

    Or the Red Cross or United Nations.

  3. Dhay says:

    Take a look at this, too, especially Calilasseia’s comment, four down.


  4. UpstateIslandersFan says:

    “Give grants for academic research on the psychological and educational origins of superstition and religion.”

    What a condescending and and pathetic characterization.

    I seem to remember a study done several years ago – although I don’t think one study should be taken as the truth – that showed less religious people to be more superstitious:

    “What Americans Really Believe,” a comprehensive new study released by Baylor University yesterday, shows that traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians.”

    Some atheists use terms like “thank the universe” in a serious manner, as if belief in a completely deterministic universe is in any way caring or aware of what’s going on it. Perhaps the biggest superstition – or cognitive dissonance – is that a purely causal, materialistic outlook can allow for reason or ultimate truth.

  5. Dhay says:

    Project Reason doesn’t seem to do much; its stated aims are:

    The foundation can convene conferences …

    Generating a steady income for Sam Harris, whose speaker’s fees appear to be very lucrative for him.

    produce films …

    The last video-making competition was in 2012. I see three years. Did funds for the $10,000 prize money dry up, or was a decision made the money would be better spent elsewhere, or was the standard of videos submitted just too poor to consider continuing. If I read The Friendly Atheist right, it could well have been the last — but where’s the money going now?

    sponsor scientific studies and opinion polls …

    Conspicuous by absence.

    hold contests …

    See films section, above.

    publish original research…

    With the exception of “The Neural Correlates…” and the often overlooked quickly-following research on which algorithms would work best for producing real-time images of what’s happening in the brain, which research, interestingly and perhaps revealingly, Harris’ Project Reason also paid for — I wonder whether the UCLA hand-held Harris through the first in return for funding for their own interests — apart from those, nothing, a continuing nothing.

    award grants to other charitable organizations …

    I found just one; the Friendly Atheist announced on September 16, 2013 that, “Project Reason Will Match All Donations to the Secular Student Alliance Over the Next Month, Up to $30,000”.

    and offer material support to religious dissidents and public intellectuals.

    Perhaps that’s the above donation to secular students. I don’t know of anything else that might fit this category.

  6. Michael says:

    Project Reason doesn’t seem to do much

    Agreed: https://www.citizenaudit.org/261643643/

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