Sunday, November 14, 2010

“Could existence really be an accident?” –QuestionBox

This is one of the most troubling questions for me: If I am right, what is to come of the people who apparently need religion to be happy? What replaces it for them? The single mother working fifty hours a week, devout grandparents nearing the end, the recovering alcoholic, the illiterate, homeless man who has nothing but the community and love found at his local church? (Read More)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

In the battle for ideas, scientists could learn from Christopher Hitchens

SCIENCE VALUES DATA and statistics and champions the virtues of evidence and experimentation. Those of us “viewing the world with a rational eye” (as the new descriptor for this column reads) also have another, underutilized tool at our disposal: rapier logic like that of Christopher Hitchens, a practiced logician trained in rhetoric. (Read More)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Realism and Religion A Physicist Examines the Basis for Belief

What should a scientist think about religion and God? Is there a relationship between belief in religion and the paranormal? Just how far should a skeptic go in challenging the belief systems of the world? Finally, what is the basis for our belief in anything? These are the fundamental questions I will address in this essay that touches on one of the most sensitive issues in skepticism — the relationship between science and religion and the extent to which the scientist should apply his belief in realism to all aspects of our knowledge of the universe. (Read More)

Debunking Christianity: The Agora Movie is Wonderful Food for Thought