Agnostic verbal skills FTW

On a verbal intelligence (wordsum) test (out of 10):
* people who are certain God exists (5.83)
* people who believe in God part of the time (5.84)
* atheists (6.13)
* people who harbour doubts but still believe (6.29)
* deists (6.82)
* agnostics (7.05)
(W S Bainbridge, ‘Atheism’, Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, pp.321-2)

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The consensus on climate change

The scientific consensus on climate change, via six independent studies:
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048002

More scientists, on the same consensus:
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/094025

Ten different studies of the consensus:
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048001/meta

NASA on the consensus:
https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/

RealClimate on the consensus:
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2016/11/dont-make-a-choice-that-your-children-will-regret/#comments

What conservatives enthusiastically believe: “97% of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires & oil companies.” (https://twitter.com/scottwesterfeld/status/446805144781348865?lang=en)

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Why people leave religion

Some very useful demographic data, including self-expressed reasons for leaving religion.

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Language Maps

A useful graphic, not least for the fact that it recognises the differences between Chinese dialects (many of which are not mutually intelligible), between total speaker population and international language distribution, and between language-learner populations.

What isn’t covered, and should really be, is that combination of those latter two: English is the dominant world language because it is the most widely-spread *second* language, whereas Chinese, for example, is heavily concentrated in its home country and in enclaves overseas.

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Muslims condemning violence

An alphabetical, fully-referenced list of almost 6000 separate condemnations, by Muslims individuals and Muslim groups, of violence, for the next time that you see some muppet saying, “Why don’t Muslims condemn violence, then?”

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Non-Christians, on Christians

An informal survey of non-Christian views of Christianity.

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Religious leaders preaching ecumenism

A video of a panel of leaders from a range of religions all advising making friends with people of other faiths.

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