Atheists should read more science fiction

io9 has a very good article by Charlie Jane Anders on “Why Smug Atheists Should Read More Science Fiction.” “You can’t be on Twitter these days without being bombarded with atheistic smugness,” she says. “You know what I mean. People who can’t just profess that they don’t believe in God — they have to taunt religious people for believing in ‘fairy tales.’ Or the Tooth Fairy. Most of the time, these are geeks who have immense respect for science… and yet, they won’t recognize a situation where they simply have no data, one way or the other. After a while, I can’t help wishing that these people would read some more science fiction, which above all is the genre of amazement and limitless possibility.” Continue reading Atheists should read more science fiction

Is consciousness a quantum mystery?

“According to Hameroff, our souls are built of something much more fundamental than neurons,” says Morgan Freeman introducing Hameroff’s quantum consciousness theory in a recent episode of Through the Wormhole. “They are constructed from the very fabric of the universe.” Dr. Hameroff claims, “I believe that consciousness, or its immediate precursor proto-consciousness, has been in the universe all along, perhaps from the Big Bang.”

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Arizona State University receives grant to study transhumanism, religion, innovation

Arizona State University will reinforce its position at the forefront of scholarship on transhumanism through a new multidimensional two-year research project focused on the relationship between transhumanism, religion and technological innovation. Continue reading Arizona State University receives grant to study transhumanism, religion, innovation