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A musical link between Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson, and Sigmund Freud

I’m a huge fan of The Alan Parsons Project. I love all of the Alan Parsons Project albums. But in my opinion the best album that the Alan Parsons Project produced, strictly speaking wasn’t an “Alan Parsons Project” (and isn’t listed as such), but for some weird reason, has remained relatively unknown…

Preaching from a selfish vantage point…

I also see Richard Dawkins differently. I see him as a grown up version of that 16-year-old kid, proud of being smart, unable to understand why anyone would believe or think differently from himself. I see a person so removed from humanity and so removed from the ambiguity of life that he finds himself judging…

Was Mandela an atheist? How atheists are defiling Mandela’s legacy

Not only has the late Nelson Mandela become a source of commerce (t-shirts, books, etc.) but now his name is also defiled by atheistic apologetics. Just read this article: http://freethinker.co.uk/2013/12/06/widely-understood-to-be-an-atheist-nelson-mandela-dies-at-the-age-of-95-hamba-kakuhle-comrade/. This article, that was retweeted (without comment, but probably with appreciation) by Richard Dawkins, claims that it is “widely understood” that Mandela was an atheist.…

Is Christianity Natural?

In 2011 and 2012, I attended two seminars at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) on the cognitive science of religion and Christianity. The seminars were led by Justin Barrett (then at Oxford, now at Fuller). The goal I had in mind was to develop a top-notch project proposal that would bridge the gap between the…

How many earths? Shattering the myth of uniqueness

We are living in very interesting times indeed! We once thought that the Earth was unique in harboring life. Though it is true that scientists have not yet discovered life outside our atmosphere (despite the occasional claims to the opposite, mostly coming from fringe scientists), the plausibility of the idea that Earth is unique in…

Is Dawkins losing it?

Personally, I found his book, The God Delusion highly amusing, be it theologically boring and unfounded. While reading it, I often laughed out loud. But I read the book as Dawkins’ personal vendetta with organized religion, not as a scholarly book, and I hoped that he would move on to more serious stuff. Seven years…

This is not Stephen Hawking – or is it?

Very cool – Amazon.com apparently sells a Lego set with  which you can build your own Stephen Hawking. And it looks awesome. Now adults have excuses again to play with Lego – who’s next? Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, or Albert Einstein? No, just kidding. I was stunned by the look of Lego-Hawking: (Source: http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-cetera/the-grand-lego-design-a-stephen-hawking-lego-model-2013038/) What…

Have British astrobiologists found extraterrestrial life?

One issue that fascinates me is the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Is there life out there? And if so, what does it look like? Is there another intelligent species somewhere? Moreover, what would be the implications of finding life elsewhere for the view we have of ourselves and our place in the universe? What consequences…

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