VIDEO: “Steven Pinker: Human nature in 2013″

  What does 2013 hold for us in terms of violence, morality and science? Steven Pinker, professor at Harvard University, gives his predictions for this coming year, in terms of discovery, social and cultural progress, and also gives an insight into why he see the future with a cautious optimism that’s hard to refute. This interview with The Economist’s Lane Greene was recorded at “The Economist’s World in 2013...

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Interview with Mr Oz Atheist

Photo by Martin S Pribble Yesterday I managed to catch up with Mr Oz Atheist (Donovan) over a couple of beers at Federation Square, where we chatted about several subjects pertaining to religion, faith, culture, society and just about everything else you care to mention. As it was recorded in a public place, there’s a fair bit of background noise, but our voices come through quite clearly. It comes in at just over an hour, so sit back...

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Irreligion vs Atheism

  I hate labels.No not the ones you stick on your Tupperware to show you what’s inside. I mean the labels people use to describe themselves and others. On the up side, they help people to decide where the person they are dealing with stands politically or socially, or whether they will see eye-to-eye on issues, in an instant. They give a quick insight into just what kind of person one might be dealing with, without having to be told...

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A Feminist Issue – Culture or Contract?

What exactly is “feminism” anyway? No this is not a flippant question, and it in no way demeans women, equality or feminism itself. It’s an honest question, and one I think we should all consider. I raised the question this week on Twitter, sparked by an article I had read which condemned Beyonce Knowles for posing “nearly nude” in this month’s cover of GQ magazine. The controversy came from a statement from...

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Don’t Read This Rant on Religion

Please excuse me while I get something off my chest. I spend a lot of time here on my blog, on Facebook and on Twitter, refuting the baseless claims of religious people, mostly on the topic of whether god exists or not. But this conversation can only go so far before a stalemate of disagreements are met; Either the theist tells the atheist that they can’t prove their position (which of course is not the point of atheism anyway), or they...

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