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Street View on Google Maps. Here He Goes Again: Sam Harris’s Falsehoods. Hitchens v. Lennox. The Origins Project Brings Together Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, Ira Flatow, and More on One Stage - Open Culture. It often seems, at least to me, that our culture is slowly sliding backward when it comes to science education.

The Origins Project Brings Together Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, Ira Flatow, and More on One Stage - Open Culture

As a humanities person, my observations may not count for much, but I do find myself getting nostalgic for popular science communicators like Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman; people who could appear in America’s living room and enthrall even the most hardened and recalcitrant of minds. Sagan’s influence peaked at the dawn of the culture wars, and it doesn’t seem like anyone could fill his shoes. But several influential science communicators have made significant strides in bringing science to a popular audience in the past few decades.

Among them is the very affable astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who takes Sagan’s mantle in the Cosmos reboot on Fox next year. Borges and God. Please Subscribe to 3QD If you would like to make a one time donation in any amount, please do so by clicking the "Pay Now" button below.

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The new atheist commandments: Science, philosophy and principles to replace religion

You may use any credit or debit card and do NOT need to join Paypal. 'Richard Dawkins has a status that I can’t quite understand': Marilynne Robinson. Richard Dawkins and the ascent of madness. The fossil later received £250,000 in an out-of-court settlement.

Richard Dawkins and the ascent of madness

Richard Dawkins wakes some time before dawn. He doesn’t blink or yawn or stretch – his eyes clang open with all the force and suddenness of a steel door. He stares at his ceiling, blue and brown swirling in his irises like cars and livestock in the centre of a tornado. Richard Dawkins’ head is fizzing with mad thoughts. He chatters under his breath as he strides out of bed and down the stairs of his Oxford home. As he shambles down his street a few small birds burst from a shrub, scattering at his approach. His journey is almost complete. Richard Dawkins has gone insane. It’s probably for the best. Atheists Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris face Islamophobia backlash. Please Subscribe to 3QD If you would like to make a one time donation in any amount, please do so by clicking the "Pay Now" button below.

Atheists Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris face Islamophobia backlash

You may use any credit or debit card and do NOT need to join Paypal. The editors of 3QD put in hundreds of hours of effort each month into finding the daily links and poem, putting out the Monday Magazine, administering the Quark Prizes, arranging the DAG-3QD Peace and Justice Symposia, and doing the massive amount of behind-the-scenes work which goes into running the site. Islamophobia again « Why Evolution Is True. UPDATE: I just learned that, by complete coincidence, Sam Harris has just published his own response “On Islamophobia and other libels.”

Islamophobia again « Why Evolution Is True

Readers have called my attention to two reports, one from Business Insider and the other from Arabnews.com, about Saturday’s demonstration in Bangladesh in which thousands of Muslims called for the execution of local atheist bloggers. Arab.news: DHAKA: Hundreds of thousands of Jamaat-e-Islami supporters rallied in Dhaka yesterday after staging a “long march” to the Bangladeshi capital to demand the execution of atheist bloggers for allegedly defaming Islam.

Even given odious defenders of Christianity like Bill Donohue, it’s unimaginable that such rallies could be held by adherents to many other religions. Can you imagine Catholics, for example, rallying by the hundreds of thousands to call for the death of anti-Catholic bloggers? That brings me to the continuing accusations of Islamophobia against the New Atheists. Hitchens' faith. Please Subscribe to 3QD If you would like to make a one time donation in any amount, please do so by clicking the "Pay Now" button below.

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You may use any credit or debit card and do NOT need to join Paypal. I do not fear death - Salon.com. Roger Ebert was always a great friend of Salon's.

I do not fear death - Salon.com

We're deeply saddened by reports of his death, and are re-printing this essay, from his book "Life Itself: A Memoir," which we think fans will take particular comfort in reading now. I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear.

I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. BBC World Service - Hardtalk, Daniel Dennett – Philosopher and Cognitive Scientist. Nasty atheist-bashing in Salon « Why Evolution Is True. Can Science Tell Us What Beauty Is? Please Subscribe to 3QD If you would like to make a one time donation in any amount, please do so by clicking the "Pay Now" button below.

Can Science Tell Us What Beauty Is?

You may use any credit or debit card and do NOT need to join Paypal. The editors of 3QD put in hundreds of hours of effort each month into finding the daily links and poem, putting out the Monday Magazine, administering the Quark Prizes, arranging the DAG-3QD Peace and Justice Symposia, and doing the massive amount of behind-the-scenes work which goes into running the site. Can You Solve Isaac Newton's Tree Puzzle? Information, Evolution, and intelligent Design - With Daniel Dennett. Please Subscribe to 3QD.

Information, Evolution, and intelligent Design - With Daniel Dennett

I Asked Doctors How They Would Prefer To Die. Why Oliver Sacks was so remarkable, in 6 quotes. When people die, there's a tendency to reduce them to something less than they were, to impose the neat arc of narrative on their otherwise messy and complex existence. In the case of Oliver Sacks, the author and neurologist who died Sunday, this would be a tragedy. If you've ever had the pleasure of reading anything he's written, you'll immediately understand why. As you learn in his recent memoir, On the Move, he was so much more than a bearded and bespectacled New York intellectual — spending large swaths of his life bodybuilding and riding motorcycles through the United States.

I Asked Atheists How They Find Meaning In A Purposeless Universe. Carl Sagan's Undergrad Reading List: 40 Essential Texts for a Well-Rounded Thinker - Open Culture. Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking & Arthur C. Clarke Discuss God, the Universe, and Everything Else - Open Culture. The God Delusion and anarchism. Most anarchists (although not all) will find Richard Dawkins' critique of god and religion in The God Delusion (Bantum Press, London, 2006) both admirable and timely. However, most would be surprised that any critique of god would fail to mention, never mind discuss, Bakunin's God and the State.

This anarchist classic explores the logic of religion, explaining why religion has such a baneful effect on humanity. Most anarchists would agree that its logic and passion is essential reading for all seeking to understand religion. Bakunin is, however, mentioned in passing and it is worthwhile to explain the fallacies associated with it. First, it is essential to note that the argument against anarchism is not Dawkins, but as they are in his book and this would be where most people would see it. What is the fallacy? "As a young teenager in proudly peaceable Canada during the romantic 1960s, I was a true believer in Bakunin's anarchism.