Author David Aden

Highlighting the Difference: A Study of Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies

Religious Freedom

August 15, 2019

Highlighting the Difference: A Study of Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some smells made customers stay longer. Others had them fleeing the premises. The research also found odors needed to be appropriate—the...

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The Menacing Horrorshow of Media and Its “Objectivity”

Media & Ethics

December 26, 2018

The Menacing Horrorshow of Media and Its “Objectivity”

To say there’s been significant recent debate about the media, its role and its reliability is probably an understatement....

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Disney: How Do I Explain Bigotry to My Granddaughter?

Combating Bigotry & Hate

September 1, 2018

Disney: How Do I Explain Bigotry to My Granddaughter?

Perhaps I could tell her that the movie characters she admires—those who stand up for their beliefs, who overcome obstacles...

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In the World of Crisis Headlines, Is Philosophy a Waste of Time?

Religious Literacy

August 15, 2018

In the World of Crisis Headlines, Is Philosophy a Waste of Time?

Philosophy is one of those topics that seems to belong in some ivy-covered building being discussed by men in vests who punctuate...

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Forty Years a Scientologist: A Comment on Friendship

Forty Years a Scientologist: A Comment on Friendship

A few months ago I reconnected with an old, incredibly close friend of mine from my long-gone youth, a friend who had a major...

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Why Does It Have to Be “Science vs. Religion?”

Combating Bigotry & Hate

November 30, 2017

Why Does It Have to Be “Science vs. Religion?”

Debates that pit science versus religion don’t usually end well. They can devolve into name-calling, sometimes on a national...

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Surviving Irma Together­—A Scientologist’s View from the Ground

Scientology Religion

September 18, 2017

Surviving Irma Together­—A Scientologist’s View from the Ground

While that contribution ended up playing out in the media, the behind-the-scenes I saw was more personal. It was the way the...

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Apostates: My Personal Encounters

Apostates: My Personal Encounters

Using apostates to spread religious intolerance is not a new tactic, but in the age of the internet and life-as-entertainment,...

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