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Is There a God? Stephen Hawking Gives the Definitive Answer to the Eternal Question
by Maria Popova, Brain Pickigs, July, 2019. . “So where is all this negative energy today? It’s in the third ingredient in our cosmic cookbook: it’s in space. This may sound odd, but according to the laws of nature concerning gravity and motion — laws that are among the oldest in science — space itself is a vast store of negative energy. Enough to ensure that everything adds up to zero…..So far so good. Where does the hydrogen come from? Answer: the Big Bang. But here’s the crucial bit. The laws of nature itself tell us that not only could the universe have popped into existence without any assistance, like a proton, and have required nothing in terms of energy, but also that it is possible that nothing caused the Big Bang. Nothing.
….For me this means that there is no possibility of a creator, because there is no time for a creator to have existed in…..It’s my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate….But there’s a sense in which we live on, in our influence, and in our genes that we pass on to our children. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that I am extremely grateful…..We are all time travellers, journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit. Be brave, be curious, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done.”

On Neuroscience and Morality: Five Questions for Patricia S. Churchland by Hope Reese. “Patricia S. Churchland is a key figure in the field of neurophilosophy, which employs a multidisciplinary lens to examine how neurobiology contributes to philosophical and ethical thinking. In her new book, “Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition,”

The problem of mindfulness. by Sahanika Ratna. “Mindfulness has become something of a one-size-fits-all response for a host of modern ills – something ideologicelly innocent that fits easily into anyone’s life, regardless of background, beliefs or values.” WE need to remember that the Buddhist traditions underlying most mindfulness practices never emphasizing the importance of improvability of he world or Society.

Abraham, Isaac, and the Anthropocene. by David Breeden, Today.s Isaac? “In the face of global climate change, the religious right is following Abraham’s playbook. They have taken the planet, our only planet, the planet that we love, out into the desert. True believers have the knife poised at the planet’s throat. They are quite prepared to show their deep faith by ignoring reality….A central idea in Humanism is that human beings must solve human problems — we human beings must be our own angels. This is the biggest danger to life on the planet. We have allies on the religious left. Time to get our wings on.”

We Need a New Science of Progress by Tyler Cowen and Patrick Collison. “By “progress,” we mean the combination of economic, technological, scientific, cultural, and organizational advancement that has transformed our lives and raised standards of living over the past couple of centuries.”

Why Did Target Stop Selling a Popular “Humanist” Throw Pillow? by Hemant Mehta.

The Mythological Creature that Christians Still Believe In. By John Lombard. “There is no definition of a real Christian that you could get even half of all those who identify as Christian to agree on.” Continue to Linda LaScola’s Appendix.

Gallup: 40% of Americans Are Creationists, but a Record-High 22% Accept Reality. by Hemant Mehta

Why Corporations Want You to Shut Up and Meditate. by Zachary Siegel

Millennials Increasingly Are Finding Spirituality in Astrology, Crystals Over Christianity

Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN)

Is America Becoming Godless? Survey Finds People With No Religion Has Risen 266 Percent

Atheists Now Nearly as Numerous as Evangelicals
Read more at (NORC)

Beyond Humanism: Emerging Technologies and African Futures by Leo Igwe

The Biggest News of the 21st Century By James A. Haught. “All of those are important, but I nominate another: The remarkably rapid collapse of religion in advanced democracies. It’s major news with far-reaching impact….America traditionally was an exception, a faith stronghold, but the United States is joining the secular tsunami…Churches are shrinking. Secularism is soaring. Humanist values wield ever-greater strength in public life.
All I can say is: Hallelujah!

Evolution is ‘only a theory,’ says Florida’s new Education chairman. by Rick Snedeker

Greg Epstein’s sabbatical plans and his TechCrunch

Are Americans Embracing Atheism? (PRRI}

Guns Don’t Kill People, Beliefs Kill People. BY MICHAEL SHERMER

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Tweet on Mass Shooting Deaths Strikes a Nerve His tweet reminded us that “our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.” and our mainstream media (MSMs) prefer this tp facts. For those, we must search!

David Breeden,

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