The IHEU Freedom of Thought report for 2013 has been significantly expanded, and now details discrimination against the non-religious for every country in the world.
An account of the day’s events at the 2013 conference of the Free Society Institute, with the theme “Thinking Things Through”.
What Mandela’s death offers us is a way to reaffirm the value of his life, and amongst the sadness, let us be sure to do that too.
Responses to questions from a South African newspaper on academic freedom, arising in light of John Higgins’ new book on the subject.
One of the strengths of Boghossian’s book is the samples he offers of dialogues he has had with people of faith, in which the value of “street epistemology” is brought to life.
In debates on nuanced issues such as Melissa Bachman and hunting, we typically hear screaming and stamping of feet instead of considered reflection. Rather than debate, that inspires little but turning your back and walking away.
The South African Police Service still operates a unit dedicated to investigating “occult crimes”, which mainly seems an excuse for institutionalising a religious outlook within a secular state.
The language of addiction is flourishing in ways that completely outstrip what we know about impulse control, and this is arguably to the detriment of both addiction-studies and scientific reasoning in general.
While Russell Brand is certainly entertaining, we shouldn’t mistake his seductive rhetoric for an intellectual critique worth taking seriously.
No matter how important the scientific subject under discussion, the goal of promoting sound reasoning is a worthy one too. And there’s no reason why one of these goals has to be pursued at the expense of the other.