Hitchens on a tree stump. A miracle?

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This is so spot on.  Thanks Bill.

On Friday’s episode of Real Time, Maher discusses the tendency for opponents of atheism to label any belief system (or lack of a belief system) as a religion, clearly trying to create some equivalency between what they believe and what atheists don’t.  To be clear, belief in climate change, for instance, is NOT a religion.  Likewise, atheism is NOT a religion – but watch the clip because Maher explains it better than I can.  By the way, the piece is worth it just for the graphic of Hitchens’ face on a tree stump.  If I didn’t see it, I never wood have believed it (ok, admittedly a bad pun).

Regressive Leftists

In this clip from Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill and Richard Dawkins discuss the disconcerting trend on the left toward what Sam Harris calls “regressive leftism”.  It describes people, usually left leaning, that are afraid to defend ideas they usually support (like free speech) because they think they might be labeled as Islamophobes.

Mugshots. What do these people have in common?

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Yes, they are all nice faces, but beyond that, they are all trustees of Project Reason, an organization dedicated to spreading science and secular values, founded by Sam and Annaka Harris.  Christopher was a trustee.

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Project Reason is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. We seek to encourage critical thinking and wise public policy through a variety of interrelated projects. The foundation can convene conferences, produce films, sponsor scientific studies and opinion polls, hold contests, publish original research, award grants to other charitable organizations, and offer material support to religious dissidents and public intellectuals — all with the purpose of eroding the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world. While Project Reason is devoted to fostering critical thinking generally, we believe that religious ideas require a special focus. Both science and the arts are built upon cultures of vigorous self-criticism; religious discourse is not. As a result, religious dogmatism still reigns unchallenged in almost every society on earth—dividing humanity from itself, inflaming conflict, preventing wise public policy, and diverting scarce resources. One of the primary goals of Project Reason is to change this increasingly unhealthy status quo.

Please read more at http://www.project-reason.org/about/#sthash.h0wvHad9.dpuf

The site has trustee bios, but not much more. However, you can sign up to receive informational emails.

Introducing Gad Saad

Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 9.03.44 PMDr. Gad Saad is an evolutionary behavioral scientist at Concordia University, in Montreal.  He is known for applying evolutionary psychology to marketing and consumer behavior. If you don’t know exactly what that entails (I didn’t) please see his web page. While there, also check out his personal bio. (He has a beautiful family and two cute dogs).

After Christopher’s death, Dr. Saad wrote a piece for Psychology Today called Christopher Hitchens: The Personification of Intellectual Courage.

In this interview with Dave Rubin (The Rubin Report), he discusses topics readers will appreciate, including atheism, political correctness, and free speech.  Additionally, he defends our friend Sam Harris from the sharp barbs thrown his way after the highly controversial Bill Maher, Sam Harris, Ben Affleck kerfuffle (I’m pretty sure that’s the official name of the incident…I mean kerfuffle).

Dr. Saad is an articulate voice for reason and I hope we will be seeing more of him.