Sam Harris vs Chris Hedges Debate on Religion at UCLA
Posted: 30 April 2007 05:01 PM   [ Ignore ]
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My student group, Bruin Alliance of Skeptics and Secularists (http://www.bruinskeptics.org) will be co-sponsoring an event with Truthdig.com

[b:b8f71b2038]A Truthdig debate between Sam Harris and Chris Hedges,
moderated by Robert Scheer
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At a time of virulent religious fanaticism extending from Afghanistan to Washington, D.C., Truthdig presents two of the most courageous writers confronting this descent into modern irrationality.  A nonbeliever and a believer█one who sees religion as a scourge and one who argues that the loss of the spiritual has plunged our society into violence and extremism█they have both written passionately and profoundly about this subject and will share their thoughts in what promises to be a fascinating evening of debate and dialogue.

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Religion and Politics: The End of the World? A Truthdig Debate
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I hope many you you in Southern California can attend!

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Posted: 08 September 2007 09:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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An audio of this debate is available on the samharris.org website, see this
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http://www.samharris.org/site/debates/

Recommended.

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Posted: 09 September 2007 11:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thank you for the link, Jackson. I enjoyed Sam’s opening remarks, especially the idea that he has been at this “a long time”, well, ever since “the terror attacks on our pious nation on September 11”. The triad of belief offered, I think attest to this “long time” of research, along with the explanations for them.

Perhaps for further discussion, on this or another thread, the question of; What about the research over just the course of the last 10 years that does not fall in line with explanations offered by Harris and Dawkins?

This of course does not eliminate the research into belief, especially religious, prior to just these past 10 years. What I am thinking mainly about is work by David Sloan Wilson, E. O. Wilson, Scott Atran, Jonathan Haidt, Michael Shermer, Pascal Boyer and many others that see far beyond a “meme” theory model, or simplistic explanation.

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Posted: 27 October 2007 11:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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zarcus - 09 September 2007 11:26 AM

Thank you for the link, Jackson. I enjoyed Sam’s opening remarks, especially the idea that he has been at this “a long time”, well, ever since “the terror attacks on our pious nation on September 11”. The triad of belief offered, I think attest to this “long time” of research, along with the explanations for them.

Perhaps for further discussion, on this or another thread, the question of; What about the research over just the course of the last 10 years that does not fall in line with explanations offered by Harris and Dawkins?

This of course does not eliminate the research into belief, especially religious, prior to just these past 10 years. What I am thinking mainly about is work by David Sloan Wilson, E. O. Wilson, Scott Atran, Jonathan Haidt, Michael Shermer, Pascal Boyer and many others that see far beyond a “meme” theory model, or simplistic explanation.

Good idea.

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