Posts Tagged ‘ Religion ’

Science Has No Need of the Religious Hypothesis (Part 1)

June 6, 2012
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When French mathematician and astronomer Pierre-Simon Laplace presented Napoleon with a book of his work, circa 1800, Napoleon asked him why it didn’t mention god. Laplace purportedly replied, “I had no need of that hypothesis.” Physicist Victor Stenger marks this event as the start of the modern break between science…

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Physicist Vic Stenger & the Science, Religion Divide (Podcast)

June 4, 2012
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Physicist Victor Stenger

Physicist Victor Stenger

An Interview with physicist Victor Stenger

In his new book, God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Religion and Science, physicist Victor Stenger presents historical, philosophical and scientific reasons why the two aren’t compatible. Stenger is a retired elementary particle physicist and author of eleven books, including the 2007 New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist. After discussing early Greek thought, Arabic science and other historical events, Stenger considers modern scientific philosophy. He also discusses the fallacy of the fine-tuning argument and the bad science used by Intelligent Design proponents. For more information and a complete list of Stenger’s books, see his web page here.

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(36 minutes, 34 seconds, 17.55 MB)
You can read part 1 of my summary and discussion of this podcast here, and part 2 here. Read about the Burning of Giordano Bruno here, and read a related post titled, How Christianity Failed Science here.

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Philosopher Seeks to Devalue Faith

May 12, 2012
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Philosopher Peter Boghossian continued his criticism of faith with a succinct and cogent speech on May 6 in Portland, Ore. The Humanists of Greater Portland sponsored and hosted the Sunday morning event, which drew so much interest that the group opened three overflow rooms during the talk, said one volunteer. I enthusiastically support…

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Hatred, Oversensitivity Hijack Conversation on Faith, Part 2

May 3, 2012
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My previous post discussed my benign anti-faith warning on my personal Facebook page that prompted a flurry of admonition and criticism from family and friends. The conversation included some polite but flawed responses from close Christian relatives. It also featured mean and negative comments from a close family member, as…

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Hatred, Oversensitivity Hijack Conversation on Faith, Part 1

April 30, 2012
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I included this innocuous warning on my personal Facebook page when I informed my close friends and family last week of my recent podcast against faith: “If you are offended easily about criticism toward religion, I would be cautious. I’m not kind to faith-based beliefs.” I don’t badger my inner circle,…

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Herding the Godless

April 27, 2012
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Indulge yourself in a brief daydream for just a few moments: Imagine if we awoke tomorrow morning and all faith-based beliefs, all religion, had disappeared from the planet. Think about starting a day on this earth in which no human being believed in a god. Now, try and stop humming…

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Faith: A Barrier to Rational Thought (Podcast)

April 18, 2012
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Philosopher Peter Boghossian

Philosopher Peter Boghossian

An Interview with Philosopher Peter Boghossian

This inaugural podcast from The Malcontent’s Gambit discusses the inadequacy of faith and strategies toward living in world without faith with Philosopher Peter Boghossian, who lives in Oregon and teaches at Portland State University. Boghossian has been called the Richard Dawkins of Portland. If we relieve people of their faith, and convince people to be truly honest and humble about what they know, religion will fall, says Boghossian. This is a frank and honest discussion with a bold, outspoken philosopher.

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(42 minutes, 48 seconds, 39.2 MB)

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Rationality & Irrationality

A Live Tweetcast by The Malcontent’s Gambit

of a Public Lecture by Peter Boghossian
Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 10:00am
Friendly House Community Center on the southwest corner of
NW 26th and Thurman in Northwest, Portland, OR

Hosted by the Humanists of Greater Portland • More Details to Follow

www.malcontentsgambit.com • @MalcontentsGamb

Catholic Leaders Wallow in Victimhood, Nonsense

April 14, 2012
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The Catholic Church has been up to some strange shenanigans, tomfoolery and hi-jinks, as of late. To begin with, Catholic League President Bill Donohue has been making noises of religious irritation and angst. The latest target of his immodest ire is the current movie The Three Stooges, which, of all…

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Writer Nicholas Kristof Panders to Religion in NYT Column

April 11, 2012
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In a painfully acquiescent article for The New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof heralds the recent direction of discourse from atheist writers as nigh “reverential” to religion. He cites three recent books, one from Alain de Botton titled Religion for Atheists, Edward O. Wilson’s new book, The Social Conquest of Earth,…

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Plantinga’s Dubious God-Sense

March 5, 2012
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John Calvin, 16th century theologian.

My previous post considered Alvin Plantiga’s claim that a rational belief in god doesn’t require evidence, as outlined in this speech. Paul Pardi, who runs the Philosophy News website, recently delivered the speech in Seattle. Pardi outlines the theologian’s ideas and points out that this particular assertion by Plantinga specifically…

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