Ask Jon 16 – American Exceptionalism: or, “You don’t know everything.”

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about American exceeptionlism. *Interview conducted on August 3, 2020.* — Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Okay! This is another Ask Jon. You wanted to talk about the concept or the claim of American exceptionalism. … Continue reading

Ask Jon 15 – Evidence-Based Policy-Making

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about evidence-based policy. *Interview conducted on June 22, 2020.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, you’ve been doing some reflection on evidence-based policy making and some research on the numbers of guns in … Continue reading

Ask Professor Burge 2 – Research Questions and Answers, and Themes

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Professor Ryan Burge‘s website states: “I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science as well as the Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. I teach in a variety of areas, including American institutions, political behavior, and research methods. My research focuses largely on the intersection between … Continue reading

Ask Professor Burge 1 – The Junction of American Religion and Politics

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Professor Ryan Burge‘is website states: “I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science as well as the Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. I teach in a variety of areas, including American institutions, political behavior, and research methods. My research focuses largely on the intersection between … Continue reading

Interview with Professor Steven Pinker – Johnstone Family Professor, Psychology, Harvard University

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen In a prior job at Conatus News in the United Kingdom, I conducted an interview with the prominent and respected author and philosopher of science, Dr. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, who agreed to the interview and made some thoughtful comments about the idea of the “conatus” or … Continue reading

Ask Takudzwa 19 – Zimbabwean Religion as, Fundamentally, Political

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Takudzwa Mazwienduna is the informal leader of Zimbabwean Secular Alliance and a member of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe. This educational series will explore secularism in Zimbabwe from an organizational perspective, and some more. Here we talk about religion as politics in Zimbabwe. — Scott Douglas Jacobsen: We … Continue reading

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