Archive for ‘Reason’

October 15, 2012

Making Sense of Evolution

A clear and concise explanation of why evolution makes sense, by QualiaSoup.

November 29, 2011

Free Book: How to Debunk

Hat-tip to Greg Laden.

April 4, 2011

The Good Book – A.C. Grayling

Anthony Grayling has produced another book, and it looks like it will be good. It must be:  it says so on the cover…

The Good Book: A Secular Bible. From the publisher:

Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human – from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life – A. C. Grayling, Britain’s most popular and widely read philosopher, has created a secular bible.

Designed to be read as narrative and also to be dipped into for inspiration, encouragement and consolation, The Good Book offers a thoughtful, non-religious alternative to the many people who do not follow one of the world’s great religions. Instead, going back to traditions older than Christianity, and far richer and more various, including the non-theistic philosophical and literary schools of the great civilisations of both West and East, from the Greek philosophy of classical antiquity and its contemporaneous Confucian, Mencian and Mohist schools in China, down through classical Rome, the flourishing of Indian and Arab worlds, the European Renaissance and Enlightenment, the worldwide scientific discoveries of the 19th and 20th centuries to the present, Grayling collects, edits, rearranges and organises the collective secular wisdom of the world in one highly readable volume.

There have been a few reviews -

He will be doing a book tour, of course, and CFI has claimed him for Washington D.C.

Added to my list…

April 3, 2011

Sunday Sermon – Lack of Belief in Gods

From the reasonable mind of QualiaSoup:

Hat-tip to Grrl Scientist

November 23, 2010

A Wave of Reason

From Symphony of Science

“A Wave of Reason” is the seventh installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It is intended to promote scientific reasoning and skepticism in the face of growing amounts of pseudoscientific pursuits, such as Astrology and Homeopathy, and also to promote the scientific worldview as equally enlightening as religion. It features Carl Sagan, Bertrand Russell, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, Lawrence Krauss, Carolyn Porco, Richard Dawkins, Richard Feynman, Phil Plait, and James Randi.

More science music videos can be found at http://symphonyofscience.com.

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November 19, 2010

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence – The Campaign

A message from CFI Canada:

On November 19th 2010 The Centre for Inquiry Canada will be launching the Extraordinary Claims Campaign.

The Extraordinary Claims Campaign will feature bus ads, educational events and online discussions to challenge well-known and widely believed claims by demanding evidence as extraordinary as the claims themselves.

Why is belief in Bigfoot dismissed as delusional while belief in Allah and Christ is respected and revered? All these claims are equally outlandish and demand critical examination.

At CFI Canada we challenge ideas and ask tough questions to promote reason, science, secularism and freedom of inquiry.

Visit the campaign site at http://www.extraordinary-claims.com
or Join and support our cause at http://www.cficanada.ca/support

Hat-tip to Sandwalk

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October 19, 2010

Frans de Waal asks: “Morals without God?”

The primatologist Frans de Waal has an interesting article in the New York Times which discusses the question: can we be moral without God?

Courtesy of Wikipedia

The Garden of Earthly Delights

As in Bosch’s days, the central theme is morality. Can we envision a world without God? Would this world be good? Don’t think for one moment that the current battle lines between biology and fundamentalist Christianity turn around evidence. One has to be pretty immune to data to doubt evolution, which is why books and documentaries aimed at convincing the skeptics are a waste of effort. They are helpful for those prepared to listen, but fail to reach their target audience. The debate is less about the truth than about how to handle it. For those who believe that morality comes straight from God the creator, acceptance of evolution would open a moral abyss.

Read the complete essay in Morals Without God?

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