Some interesting insights into the figures that have shaped the subject ranging from Plato to Derrida.… Read the rest
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How the mind relates to the body: how could a piece of soft tissue think and feel?… Read the rest
Emadeddin Baghi was charged with ‘propaganda against the Islamic Republic.’… Read the rest
Almost all the executions have been public hangings. Videos of the process are then broadcast over the Net.… Read the rest
We had a good time (I did anyway) with Roger Scruton’s review of Anthony Grayling’s new book, so now let’s have a different but related kind of good time with another look at Anthony Grayling’s review of John Gray’s latest book. I flagged it up here last month but it’s so relevant to the Scruton review that I feel like flagging it up again.
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Now let us ask whether secular Enlightenment values of pluralism, democracy, the rule of independently and impartially administered law, freedom of thought, enquiry and expression, and liberty of the individual conform to the model of a monolithic ideology such as Catholicism, Islam or Stalinism. Let us further ask how Gray imagines that these values
Undeterred by the inevitable death threats, Mina has pressed on, determined as ever to protect women from the ravages of Islam.… Read the rest
It is this idea of political Islam as a voice for the oppressed and voiceless which annoys her most.… Read the rest
‘The more you can make the whole concept secular, the better off you’re going to be in a civil court.’… Read the rest
Atheism may have made its way into the public discourse but it remains verboten in our politics.… Read the rest
They treat their bodies as their own; it’s an outrage.… Read the rest
Phillip Adams, Pamela Bone, David Nicholls, Tamas Pataki, Emily Maguire do without a deity.… Read the rest
On some very deep level, there is more symbolic religious politics in the US than anywhere else in the world.… Read the rest
Richard Dawkins says that it is “the awakening of women” that will solve the problem of “the worldwide menace of Islamic terrorism and oppression”.
His remarks came while praising the winner of this year’s “Secularist of the Year” award from the National Secular Society. The £5,000 prize went to Mina Ahadi, an Iranian woman who was forced to flee her native country after leading a campaign against the compulsory veiling of women. Because of her resistance to the clerical regime, her husband and four of her colleagues were executed, and she only narrowly escaped the same fate.
She now lives in Germany and has founded the Committee of Ex-Muslims, a movement that is rapidly spreading across Europe. She has also … Read the rest
I don’t think this is quite right. I think it misses the mark.
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I’d like to say his heart is in the right place, unlike the current crop of atheist propagandists, but the trouble is that, as with many Episcopalians, it is more mind than heart…I have no use for anti-Darwinian campaigners, but I do have a lot of respect for popular skepticism. The people do not trust those who present themselves as elite…[R]ead any of the self-indulgent, virulent atheists in circulation today – Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens being just two. Contrary to their professed intentions, such writers buttress the faithful; their loathsome arrogance shields evangelical churches from doubt. That part of the American population that believes God made
Did the Society of Homeopaths engage with these criticisms? No. They sent a threatening legal letter.… Read the rest
People are more likely to discount information if they are suspicious of the motives behind its dissemination.… Read the rest
Since there’s a magic box that can find anyone with just a bit of DNA…… Read the rest
‘We are prepared to risk our lives, but we are not prepared to surrender our great nation to the militants.’… Read the rest
The barmaid shows them the way.… Read the rest