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The Real Christopher Hitchens

By | 2017-05-18T16:04:46+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Morality, Reason, Religion, Science|

Did Christopher Hitchens Really Keep Two Sets of Books about his Beliefs? Recently a number of people have asked me about a newly published book entitled The Faith of Christopher Hitchens by the Christian apologist Larry Alex Taunton, who runs the Fixed Point Foundation and whom I have gotten to know through public debates and [...]

Michael Shermer on Reasonable Doubt at TEDxGhent

By | 2017-05-18T16:04:47+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Civil Rights, Gay Rights, Morality, Reason, Science, Violence, Women’s Rights|

Michael Shermer explains how a scientific way of thinking manages to improve the world in various kinds of ways. He describes how science and reason lead humanity toward truth, justice and freedom. “As democracy increases, violence decreases” is the theme of his talk. He discusses the death penalty, women and gay rights and so much more. He states that within these delicate issues, rationality and abstract thinking are the keys to increased awareness and democracy.

Counter Refutation — Shermer responds to book reviews

By | 2017-05-18T16:04:47+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Civil Rights, Gay Rights, Justice, Morality, Reason, Religion, Science, Terrorism, Violence, War|

The initial reviews of The Moral Arc are in and the author has completed his U.S. book tour, and in this article Michael Shermer replies to the criticisms and commentaries thus far leveled against his thesis that we are living in the most moral time in our species history and that one of the primary drivers bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice is science and reason. You will be astounded to learn that not only religious people, but some scientists and secularists themselves object to using science and reason to determine human values. Shermer challenges them to explain what they use, if not their rational brains, to solve moral issues!

Why Islam? Of the three great monotheistic religions only one did not go through the Enlightenment

By | 2017-05-18T16:04:47+00:00 February 25th, 2015|Civil Rights, Morality, Reason, Religion, Science, Terrorism, Violence, War, Women’s Rights|

One of the central tenets of science is to define a problem to be studied with as much clarity as possible, and the key to clear communication is calling things what they really are. Unfortunately, both the American media and public intellectuals have failed to be honest in identifying what everyone in Europe knows is the primary source of terrorism in the world today: Islam.

Why the Founding Fathers Wouldn’t Have Been Anti-Vaxxers

By | 2017-05-18T16:04:47+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Civil Rights, Justice, Morality, Reason, Religion, Science|

Are you a vaccination skeptic? Or are you skeptical of the vaccination skeptics? Your answer will most likely depend less on science and more on political ideology. The science jury is in when it comes to vaccinations, as it is for climate change and evolution. Vaccinations work, climate change is real and evolution happened. But, though skepticism in all three cases tends to be the product of politics, to doubt science is to run up against the very heart of America’s political framework.

The Moral Arc Lecture, Broadcast Live from Caltech

By | 2015-02-09T11:50:27+00:00 February 8th, 2015|Animal Rights, Civil Rights, Evil, Gay Rights, Morality, Reason, Science, Violence, Women’s Rights|

In this provocative and compelling talk—that includes brief histories of freedom rights, women’s rights, gay rights, and animal rights, along with considerations of the nature of evil and moral regress—Shermer explains how scientific ways of thinking have moved us ever closer to a more just world.