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Atheists are one of the most disliked groups in America. Only 45 percent of Americans say they would vote for a qualified atheist presidential candidate, and atheists are rated as the least desirable group for a potential son-in-law or daughter-in-law to belong to.
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A former head of MI5 has accused the government of exploiting the fear of terrorism and trying to bring in laws that restrict civil liberties.

2009-02-17

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Evidence is accumulating that the human brain systematically misjudges certain kinds of risks. In effect, evolution has programmed us to be alert for snakes and enemies with clubs, but we aren’t well prepared to respond to dangers that require forethought.

2009-07-01

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Humans have a six-hour window of opportunity when fearful memories can potentially be erased, a study says. Reliving a harrowing memory opens what experts call a "reconsolidation window" - a time-limited period when it can be changed from bad to good...

2009-12-10

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Parents and politicians in Italy are up in arms over US horror movie Paranormal Activity after several cinema-goers suffered from panic attacks.

2010-02-10

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Cats, rats and other predators produce a chemical signal that terrifies mice, according to new research. Scientists in the US discovered that when mice detect specific proteins found in cat saliva and rat urine they react with fear. These proteins, called Mups, act on cells in a special sensory organ in the mouse, called the vomeronasal organ.

2010-05-17

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What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence...

2011-07

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