To the self-righteous, boring New Atheists, I wish to counterpoint the smiling (or perhaps smi2ling followers of Timothy Leary’s transhumanist vision), science-oriented New Believers.
Peter Higgs, the theoretical physicist who predicted the “Higgs Boson” particle found at CERN this year, and an obvious candidate for the next Nobel Prize in Physics, has spoken up against “militant atheist” fundamentalism. Continue reading Peter Higgs speaks up against ‘militant atheist’ fundamentalism
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
The Telegraph | He is regarded as the most famous atheist in the world but last night Professor Richard Dawkins admitted he could not be sure that God does not exist. Continue reading Richard Dawkins: I can’t be sure God does not exist