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By YORAM HAZONY Today's debates over the place of religion in modern life often showcase the claim that belief in God stifles reason and science. As Richard Dawkins writes in his best-seller "The God Delusion," religious belief "discourages questioning by its very nature." In "The End of Faith," his own New Atheist manifesto, Sam Harris writes that religion represents "a vanishing point beyond which rational discourse proves impossible."
Viewpoints: Why is faith falling in the... - - BBC News 42 A new poll suggests that atheism is on the rise in the US, while those who consider themselves religious has dropped. What's the cause?
Explore the meaning and joy of life with atheists in this book of photos and commentary. A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy and Meaning in a World Without God , is a 200+ page, hardcover photography book featuring subjects both famous and not, including well known atheist/agnostic speakers, writers, and celebrities. A few of the people who have agreed to be in the book: Dr. Richard Dawkins , biologist/author Sean Faircloth , speaker/author Derren Brown , illusionist/mentalist Alex Honnold , free solo rock climber Dr. Steven Pinker , cognitive scientist/author PZ Myers , evolutionary biologist/blogger Dr.
When it comes to religion, believers and nonbelievers appear to think very differently. But at the level of the brain, is believing in God different from believing that the sun is a star or that 4 is an even number? While religious faith remains one of the most significant features of human life, little is known about its relationship to ordinary belief.
When the contemporary secular movement is compared to the gay rights movement, objections are sometimes raised by those who distinguish between the two on biological grounds. Whereas sexual orientation is not a choice, the argument goes, one's religious outlook is.
The Center for Inquiry-New York City and NYC Skeptics hosted noted skeptic and bestselling author Michael Shermer for a talk about his new book, The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies – How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths .
As you know, Christopher Hitchens took time off from his chemotherapy to attend the Atheist Alliance of America convention in Houston, Texas to receive the Richard Dawkins Award for promoting freethought and atheism.
By SAM HARRIS Added: Tuesday, 02 October 2007 at 1:00 AM Reposted from: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/sam_harris/2007/10/the_problem_with_atheism.html Watch a video of this talk here .
If, like many of us, you’d like to work toward weakening religion’s grip on the world, it behooves you to know why people are religious in the first place. Increasing evidence suggests that religion is promoted by personal insecurity, including economic inequalities in one’s country, the availability of health care and welfare systems, the dysfunction of one’s society (e.g, the amount of crime), and so on. What this means is that turning people away from faith involves more than just expounding the weaknesses and perniciousness of religion.
Long after blacks and Jews have made great strides, and even as homosexuals gain respect, acceptance and new rights, there is still a group that lots of Americans just don’t like much: atheists. Those who don’t believe in God are widely considered to be immoral, wicked and angry. They can’t join the Boy Scouts.
Viewpoints: Why is faith falling in the... - - BBC News 42 A new poll suggests that atheism is on the rise in the US, while those who consider themselves religious has dropped. What's the cause? Two writers debate. Missionaries of Hate
From the Free Press: A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions.
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A new study on the link between one's view of God and willingness to cheat on a test is the latest example of social scientists wading into the highly charged field of religion and morality. The study, titled "Mean Gods Make Good People: Different Views of God Predict Cheating Behavior" was peer reviewed and published earlier this month in the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.