Atheist Stigma and Science Denial in the United States - and What Can Be Done About It
We will be having a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m.
Nearly half of Americans wouldn’t want a close family member to marry an atheist, suggesting that bias against nonbelievers is a serious and abiding problem. Relatedly, science illiteracy and denial are also epidemic, with 42 percent of Americans rejecting outright the science behind human evolution and clinging instead to the notion that people arrived on Earth fully formed within the last 10,000 years.
Robyn Blumner, CEO of the Center for Inquiry, will examine the entrenched barriers that currently exist to an evidence-based society in the United States and their negative consequences. She also will explore possible answers to what can be done to reduce the stigma surrounding atheism and how we might open minds to allow scientific truth to win out over religious dogma.
Blumner also heads the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, which is merging with CFI and becoming a division under it. Previously, Robyn was a syndicated newspaper columnist and editorial writer, and led American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in Florida and Utah.
NOTE: No "Feed Your Brain" lecture on Sunday, Feb. 5.
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