CFI-NYC eBulletin - March 2007

God: The Failed Hypothesis: A book reading and signing by Victor Stenger

Poised to become the next big book defending atheism, Victor Stenger’s God: The Failed Hypothesis is a physicist’s response to the idea that science has found God.

By using five principal conditions for evaluating extraordinary claims, Stenger treats the existence of God like any other scientific hypothesis, stipulating that God should be detectable by scientific means, given that he is supposed to play a central role in the operation of the universe and in the lives of humans.

According to Richard Dawkins, “Darwin chased God out of his old haunts in biology, and he scurried for safety down the rabbit hole of physics. The laws and constants of the universe, we were told, are too good to be true: a setup, carefully tuned to allow the eventual evolution of life. It needed a good physicist to show us the fallacy, and Victor Stenger lucidly does so.”

Victor Stenger is emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is the author of Has Science Found God?, The Comprehensible Cosmos, Timeless Reality, The Unconscious Quantum, Physics and Psychics, and Not by Design.

Barnes & Noble Greenwich Village
396 6th Ave (at W. 8th St)
Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 pm
Nearest subway stop: West 4th St.

Co-sponsored by SEED Media Group.

Is America Too Damn Religious?

Debate featuring Susan Jacoby now available online

The audio recording of this sold-out event is now available for download from National Public Radio . Susan Jacoby joins a distinguished panel in the upcoming debate sponsored by Intelligence Squared. Speaking for the motion: Susan Jacoby, Barry W. Lynn, and Alan Wolfe. Speaking against the motion: Jean Bethke Elshtain, William Galston, Albert Raboteau. Moderated by Peter Steinfels.

Show Your Commitment to Reason, Science and Secular Values

In the contemporary marketplace of ideas, one can find responsible, objective, and evidence-based information on everything from foreign policy to hormone replacement therapy. Yet when it comes to some of our most fundamental questions—about human values, the transcendent, or the borderlands of science—one often only hears from partisans of traditional religion, New Age practitioners, or anti-science movements.

With its network of scientists and other thinkers, its grassroots advocacy and public education organizations, and its popular and scholarly publications, the Center for Inquiry fills this gap, lending a credible voice to critical inquiry and the scientific outlook.

Help CFI promote and defend science, reason, and freedom of inquiry by becoming a Friend of the Center.

Join the Center for Inquiry by becoming a Friend of the Center .