Why I no longer believe religion is a virus of the mind | Sue Blackmore Are religions viruses of the mind? I would have replied with an unequivocal "yes" until a few days ago when some shocking data suggested I am wrong. This happened at a conference in Bristol on "Explaining religion". This idea began with Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene, was developed in his later article "Viruses of the mind" and taken up by others, including myself in The Meme Machine and other works. The idea is that religions, like viruses, are costly to those infected with them. This was all in my mind when Michael Blume got up to speak on "The reproductive advantage of religion". Data from 82 countries showed almost a straight line plot of the number of children against the frequency of religious worship, with those who worship more than once a week averaging 2.5 children and those who never worship only 1.7 – again below replacement rate. Another striking comparison came from Eric Kaufmann's book Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos Brian Greene talks about The Hidden Reality on Bookbits radio. The Hidden Reality is a book by Brian Greene published in 2011 which explores the concept of the multiverse and the possibility of parallel universes. It has been nominated for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books for 2012. Content In his book, Greene discussed nine types of parallel universes: The quilted multiverse only works in an infinite universe. Reception Timothy Ferris reports in the review in The New York Times Book Review that “If extraterrestrials landed tomorrow and demanded to know what the human mind is capable of accomplishing, we could do worse than to hand them a copy of this book.”  Anthony Doerr, in his On Science column of the Boston Globe, wrote that "Greene might be the best intermediary I’ve found between the sparkling, absolute zero world of mathematics and the warm, clumsy world of human language." Janet Maslin, The New York Times claims “Mr. Popular culture See also
Richard Dawkins on The Late Late Show DE GUSTIBUS A RevelationIn Alabama, a civil debate over God's existence. BY NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEYFriday, October 12, 2007 12:01 a.m. BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The event had been sold out for weeks. Over the course of 90 minutes, Mr. They clashed over whether it was Christianity that began the scientific revolution, whether the universe's complexity was evidence for a creator and whether atheism was itself a sort of faith. Mr. Their smart exchanges occasionally went outside of the debate format, despite the best efforts of their distinguished moderator, Judge William Pryor of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Perhaps Mr. But why? Lee Strobel, who used to be a teaching pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California, tells me that he thinks there has been a nationwide "resurgence in apologetics" among evangelicals in response to the recent spate of atheism books. Defenders of the faith are drawing crowds of thousands in person as well. That is the attitude that John Lennox says he was raised with. Mr. Ms.
A Brief History of Time Overview A Brief History of Time attempts to explain a range of subjects in cosmology, including the big bang, black holes and light cones, to the nonspecialist reader. Its main goal is to give an overview of the subject, but unusual for a popular science book, it also attempts to explain some complex mathematics. The 1996 edition of the book and subsequent editions discuss the possibility of time travel and wormholes and explore the possibility of having a universe without a quantum singularity at the beginning of time. Early in 1983, Hawking first approached Simon Mitton, the editor in charge of astronomy books at Cambridge University Press, with his ideas for a popular book on cosmology. Editions Film In 1991, Errol Morris directed a documentary film about Hawking, but although they share a title, the film is a biographical study of Hawking, and not a filmed version of the book. Opera See also References External links
The Blog | Richard Dawkins: Why There Almost Certainly Is No God | The Huffington Post America, founded in secularism as a beacon of eighteenth century enlightenment, is becoming the victim of religious politics, a circumstance that would have horrified the Founding Fathers. The political ascendancy today values embryonic cells over adult people. It obsesses about gay marriage, ahead of genuinely important issues that actually make a difference to the world. It gains crucial electoral support from a religious constituency whose grip on reality is so tenuous that they expect to be 'raptured' up to heaven, leaving their clothes as empty as their minds. More extreme specimens actually long for a world war, which they identify as the 'Armageddon' that is to presage the Second Coming. Does Bush check the Rapture Index daily, as Reagan did his stars? My scientific colleagues have additional reasons to declare emergency. Scientists divide into two schools of thought over the best tactics with which to face the threat. Either Jesus had a father or he didn't. That's an argument?
Nietzsche, “un des fondateurs du nazisme” ? - Les philosophes antiques à notre secours Dans l’introduction de son grand ouvrage Les anti-Lumières. Du XVIIIème siècle à la guerre froide (2006) le célèbre historien Zeev Sternhell reprend à son compte « l’idée selon laquelle une grande œuvre a toujours deux significations : celle que lui donne l’auteur et celles que lui prêteront les générations ultérieures. » Il se demande alors si toutes les interprétations sont justifiées et précise sa pensée par deux exemples dont le dernier explique ce billet : « Herder peut-il être en même temps grand humaniste et précurseur d’un nationalisme biologique ? L’expression « fondateur du nazisme » retient mon attention. « Existe-t-il quand même des critères qui puissent nous permettre, contrairement à ce que pensait Jacques Derrida, de comprendre, au-delà des contradictions qui émaillent fatalement toute œuvre importante, les intentions de l’auteur ? Si tel est le critère, il va alors de soi que Nietzsche en aucune manière ne peut être qualifié comme étant « un des fondateurs du nazisme ».
The Elegant Universe The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory is a book by Brian Greene published in 1999, which introduces string and superstring theory, and provides a comprehensive though non-technical assessment of the theory and some of its shortcomings. In 2000, it won the Royal Society Prize for General and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Nonfiction. A new edition was released in 2003, with an updated preface. Table of contents Preface (with an additional preface to the 2003 edition)Part I: The Edge of KnowledgePart II: The Dilemma of Space, Time, and the QuantaPart III: The Cosmic SymphonyPart IV: String Theory and the Fabric of SpacetimePart V: Unification in the Twenty-First Century Contents Adaptations Einstein's DreamStrings The ThingWelcome To The 11th Dimension The Elegant Universe was also interpreted by choreographer Karole Armitage, of Armitage Gone! Errors See also  References External links
Manufacturing belief | Salon Books In Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass,” Alice tells the White Queen that she cannot believe in impossible things. But the Queen says Alice simply hasn’t had enough practice. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” That human penchant for belief — or perhaps gullibility — is what inspired biologist Lewis Wolpert to write a book about the evolutionary origins of belief called “Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast.” Wolpert is an eminent developmental biologist at University College London. He has a theory for why religion first took root. Wolpert sees human credulity all around him — not just religious faith but all sorts of modern superstitions. There’s no doubt that Wolpert is a provocateur, but unlike some other prominent atheists, he doesn’t come across as a bitter enemy of religion. Can you explain the “belief engine” in the human brain? Precisely. Exactly. Yes, exactly.
Nietzsche et l’avenir de la religion 1Nietzsche, qui définit l’homme comme « fabricateur de dieux » est, avant tout, un critique de l’idolâtrie qui peut prendre bien d’autres formes que celle de la religion. Le christianisme est, selon lui, à l’origine de sa propre « euthanasie » qui résulte d’une contradiction entre sa morale de probité et le dogme. La sortie du christianisme n’est donc pas en tant que telle une bonne nouvelle, ni une nouvelle rassurante. 2La pensée de Nietzsche peut-elle être de quelque intérêt pour qui s’interroge sur l’avenir de la religion en ce début de troisième millénaire ? 3Il faut préciser immédiatement que Nietzsche s’interroge peu sur l’avenir de la religion en tant que telle, si l’on veut entendre par là qu’il parlerait de religion en général, ou mettrait en cause un soi-disant sentiment religieux pour en montrer la vanité, ou, projet encore plus improbable, qu’en philosophe des religions qu’il n’était pas, il prophétiserait sur le destin du religieux en soi. 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 7 .
Physics of the Future Contents Each chapter is sorted into three sections: Near future (2000-2030), Midcentury (2030-2070), and Far future (2070-2100). Kaku notes that the time periods are only rough approximations, but show the general time frame for the various trends in the book. Future of the Computer: Mind over Matter Kaku begins with Moore's law, and compares a chip that sings "Happy Birthday" with the Allied forces in 1945, stating that the chip contains much more power, and that "Hitler, Churchill, or Roosevelt might have killed to get that chip." He also predicts that glasses and contact lenses will be connected to the internet, using similar technology to virtual retinal displays. Future of AI: Rise of the Machines Kaku discusses robotic body parts, modular robots, unemployment caused by robots, surrogates and avatars (like their respective movies), and reverse engineering the brain. Future of Medicine: Perfection and Beyond Nanotechnology: Everything from Nothing?