There is a false divide between science & religion – science can answer moral questions

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are usually thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues in this thought-provoking TED talk that science can – and should – be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life. http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf Harris has a degree in philosophy from … Continue reading There is a false divide between science & religion – science can answer moral questions

Why we need to dream

Jonah Lehrer of the New York Times explains our dreams: … are layered with significance and substance. The narratives that seem so incomprehensible — why was I running through the airport in my underwear? — are actually careful distillations of experience, a regurgitation of all the new ideas and insights we encounter during the day.… … Continue reading Why we need to dream

Atheists need to ‘fess up that they can be just as guilty of evangelizing as believers

Atheists also need to realize that whether they like it or not they are in competition with believers. A base, gladiatorial competition in the marketplace of ideas that has serious implications for atheists’ political rights. This means it’s actually ok and even (wrap your head around this) a good thing to respectfully ‘evangelize’ (as some … Continue reading Atheists need to ‘fess up that they can be just as guilty of evangelizing as believers