by Brian Magee May 2, 2013.
Print: National Day of Reason
Two members of Congress are offering encouragement to those taking part in National Day of Reason events on May 2.
by Jen Gerson March 25, 2013.
Print: The National Post
Earlier this month, Shermer gave a lecture entitled The Moral Arc of Science: How Science Has Bent the Arc of the Moral Universe Toward Truth, Justice, Freedom, & Prosperity.
By Dick Gross April 17, 2012.
Print: The Sydney Morning Herald
The Global Atheist Convention, held April 13-15 in Melbourne, was one of the largest congregations of atheists in the world, and it was in a sense a seminal moment.
By Andrea Steele December 6, 2011.
Print: Freethought Film Festival Foundation Website
The International Freethought Film Festival is a niche film festival for the bold. Promoting reason through film is its mission. Season two of the International Freethought Film Festival is now underway, and the Call for Submissions is open for IFFF 2012.
Susan Jacoby June 1, 2011.
Print: The Washington Post
The wishy-washy teachers, like the governor of Louisiana, are not uneducated. Some of them simply refuse to accept settled science because of their religious beliefs.
By Laurie Goodstein May 10, 2011.
Print: New York Times
Colleges and universities have long offered majors in religion or theology. But with more and more people now saying they have no religion, one college has decided to be the first to offer a major in secularism.
By Andrea Steele February 7, 2011.
Print: Freethought Film Festival Foundation
Andrea Steele, director of the International Freethought Film Festival, shares a word about their film submissions, and the upcoming event.
By FELICITY BARRINGER February 1, 2011.
Print: New York Times
The absence of scientific evidence doesn’t dissuade those who believe childhood vaccines are linked to autism, or those who believe their headaches, dizziness and other symptoms are caused by cellphones and smart meters. And the presence of large amounts of scientific evidence doesn’t convince those who reject the idea that human activities are disrupting the climate.
Robert G. Ingersoll May 24, 2010.
In an essay written in 1890, Ingersoll discusses the purposeful absence of God in the Constitution.
by BARACK OBAMA April 26, 2010.
Barack Obama discusses the inherent variance of religious belief and the presence of non-belief in America today. He acknowledges the critical role of reason in policy making, stating, “...I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons…but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice I can’t simply point to the teachings of my church or invoke God’s will.” Video is edited to concentrate on the most pertinent moments.
By Lisa Miller March 29, 2010.
Research conducted by Andrew Newberg, University of Pennsylvania, in Near-Death Experiences (NDE), explores why some people have “spiritual, out of body experiences” when having a NDE and why it is not necessarily a glimpse into a transcendent event.
Rick Heller November 30, 2009.
Print: New Humanism
Logic alone is not enough to make good decisions. Neuroscience shows that emotions, intuition, and creative insight all have a role, as long as they are examined critically.
Adam C. Smith September 16, 2009.
Print: Saint Petersburg Times
Bill Foster is running for Mayor of Saint Petersburg, Florida. He is also believes the earth was created in six days, that humans and dinosaurs lived together and that his son should not be taught about evolution. Mr. Foster’s creationsit beliefs have called his competency to serve as mayor, if elected, into question. His opponent contends that Foster’s beliefs would be an impediment to science and techonology, and businesses related to science and technology, growing in the St. Petersburg area.
By Sam Harris July 26, 2009.
Print: The New York Times
Sam Harris discusses the appointment of Francis Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health.
SEAN CARROLL June 25, 2009.
Science and religion both make claims about the fundamental workings of the universe. Although these claims are not a priori incompatible (we could imagine being brought to religious belief through scientific investigation), I will argue that in practice they diverge.
Sam Harris May 21, 2009.
Video: The Science Network
Sam Harris speaks about the rational basis for morality at the 2008 Beyond Belief conference at the Salk Institute. He argues that science should not cede the territory of morals and values to religion. He predicts that just as religion used to be the authority on medicine, science, and physics before science pushed it aside, religion’s monopoly on ethics will also get pushed aside as science makes progress on questions of morality. This lecture is intellectually very significant because it attacks the prevailing “non-overlapping magistera” split between science and religion.
Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan May 20, 2009.
Print: Beliefnet and The Daily Dish
Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan debate the rationality of religious faith.
Lewis Black May 19, 2009.
Lewis Black, makes fun of the Universe being created in 7 days, the Devil created fossels, and other reality based humor.
by Stanley Fish May 18, 2009.
Print: The New York Times
Fish attempts to counter the backlash of non-theist comments from part 1.