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Memes: Success

Meme forecast for 2012

When evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in 1976 — meaning "a piece of thought copied from person to person" — he probably didn't realize that, in time, the word would come to be synonymous with cat macros, various advice anima
What pianos will the cats of the future play for us?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011
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Ken Miller just can’t win

What’s an honorable man to do?
Brown biology professor attacked by Darwin-hating fundies and leftie atheists alike
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 05, 2010
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Atheist holiday traditions

Decorating the godless way
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 11, 2009
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Greg Epstein, Atheist Superstar

Once an intellectual taboo, atheism has become one of the great growth industries of the third millennium.
Can Harvard's humanist chaplain save nonbelief from itself?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 27, 2009
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Not so elementary

On June 14, 1995, around two in the afternoon, I lowered my guard. I opened myself up just barely to the notion that there might be a God who cares about me in the same way that Jesus cared about, say, his friend Mary.
Barbara Bradley Hagerty goes looking for God
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 04, 2009
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Ideas and emotions

Grace takes place in the recent memories of the title character as well as in her difficult present. The basic concern here, which nags her like a toothache, is the non-existence of the divine.
The Gamm delivers Grace at a fever pitch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 17, 2009


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Lavigne squeaks; Winehouse freaks; Oasis leaks

Courtney Love and Avril Lavigne both have laryngitis this week. Explain that, Richard Dawkins.
The Big Hurt: music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 12, 2008
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Springtime for Darwin

There are two stories, and two stories only.
The wars of evolution are louder than ever. What Ben Stein, Bad Religion, and a physics professor from Quincy can tell you about where you came from.
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 07, 2008
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Angels in America

The publication this month of the selected correspondence of Mother Teresa has revealed that, for many years, the Saint of Calcutta entertained significant doubts about the existence of God.
If the world’s saintliest woman can have doubts about God, surely the world’s most cynical man can also question his non-belief?
By JAMES PARKER  |  September 19, 2007

Striking out

Dan Shaughnessy haters need to grow some balls and quit whining about how “mean” he is.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 6, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 02, 2007
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Holy War!

There’s no doubt about it: right now, God is on the side of the atheists.
A new army of atheists is taking no prisoners in its battle with God and his self-appointed faith dealers
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 06, 2007


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Random forecast

One thing that’s sure to happen in the coming year is that people will make erroneous predictions about what will happen in the coming year.
Coming in 2007: More tech, more fear, less Paris, and some time travel
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 29, 2006
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Lions and lambs

The season is notable for the return to bookstores of canonical names like Atwood, Ginsberg, Kinnell, le Carré, Munro, Pynchon, and Vidal plus a fair share of younger lions like Eggers, Julavits, and Muldoon.
Pynchon isn’t all you’ll be reading this fall  
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 13, 2006