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The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous by Gabrielle Glaser. Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective. More at Atlantic.


Atheists’ Self-Defeating Superiority: Why Joining Forces with Religion Is Best for Non-Believers by Steve Neumann. Prominent atheists like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins judge people of faith. Here’s why it’s a recipe for failure. More at Salon.


Reporters Explain Why Balance Isn’t Needed On Global Warming by Rachelle Peterson. Elite journalists explain why they have no need for ‘balance’ on the global warming issue. So much for scientific and reportorial inquiry. More.


666!!: What Should We Make of the Bible’s Scariest Number? by Richard Ostling. See here.