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” He serves as publicist for many leading atheist authors. However, Brockman is perhaps best known as the founder of Edge.org, a web site promoting speculative thought about the nexus of science, technology, and culture. He has said: “I mean I don’t believe: I’m sure there’s no God. I’m sure there’s no afterlife. But don’t call me an atheist. It’s like a losers’ club. When I hear the word atheist, I think of some crummy motel where they’re having a function and these people have nowhere else to go.” Books: The Next Fifty Years, What We Believe but Cannot Prove, This Will Change Everything, Culture, and The Mind
28. Susan Jacoby (b. 1946) Jacoby, a former newspaper reporter, is a bestselling author and blogger. She contributes to The Spirited Atheist blog at The Washington Post, as well as to one of her own. Jacoby is Program Director for the Center for Inquiry–New York City, and sits on the advisory board of the Secular Coalition for America. Though she is a strong atheist activist, her voice is one of relative moderation. She has written that: “Atheism, in a mature form, is not angry anarchy that lashes out at religion, but simply looking for a collective and personal moral code independent of an external god.” Books: Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism and The Age of American Unreason Click here for free information about Online Bachelor’s Degree in Communication!
27. Victor Stenger (b. 1935) Stenger is Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaii and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He has done research on the properties of neutrinos and other elementary particles. He is best known, however, as a prolific author of
who holds a Ph. and poetry readings.” Books: Not by Design.D. she has published two well-received volumes of poetry and three meticulously researched but popular books (one of them a bestseller) in the esoteric field of the history of ideas. he was attacked with a hammer by hired thugs in 2010.D.popular-science books and as a crusader against paranormal claims and against religion. 1965) Hecht is a true polymath: she pursued advanced studies in France and received her Ph. and is famous for saying: “Science flies you to the moon. and The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning Click here for free information about Online Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics! 26. The New Atheism. and she currently teaches writing at Columbia University and New School University in New York. and The Happiness Myth Click here for free information about Online Bachelor’s Degree in English! 25. Poetic Atheism. popular-science author. She also maintains a busy schedule of interviews. Religion flies you into buildings. Born Fang Shimin. . God: The Failed Hypothesis. lectures. in biochemistry. in the history of science from Columbia University. Books: The End of the Soul. Hecht’s approach to atheism is informed more by the arts than by the sciences—a perspective she promotes through her blog. is a poet. Doubt: A History. Stenger has a special interest in challenging claims that the so-called “fine-tuning coincidences” constitute evidence for the existence of God. Fang Zhouzi (born 1967) Fang. and blogger who made his name by publicizing corruption in Chinese academia and by debunking Chinese traditional medicine. He is a long-time Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Jennifer Michael Hecht (b.
” Books: Three Scientists and Their Gods. He is a frequent contributor to The New Republic. who believes emergent and nonlinear dynamical effects influence the evolutionary process.” None of Fang’s books has yet been translated into English. 24. bestselling author. The Moral Animal. after all. I have always opposed efforts at reconciliation. 1957) Wright is a journalist. by only one thing: disbelief in divine beings and a respect for reason and evidence. much less a good one. qualifying his own atheism as follows: ”I would say there’s reason to believe there is some sort of purpose unfolding through the natural workings of the world. Educated at Harvard University. A prominent surgeon whose work Fang had criticized was jailed for ordering the attack. Currently Senior Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation. Wright is also a critic of the dogmatism of the New Atheist authors. 1949) Coyne is Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. What more is there to say?” Books: Why Evolution Is True 23.but escaped with only minor injuries.tv. remarking: “[H]ow much is there to say about a movement whose members are united. where he studied under Richard Lewontin. he is a specialist in the problem of speciation. They have fundamental conflicts. This doesn’t by itself establish the existence of a god. and The Evolution of God . The Times Literary Supplement. but it seems to cut against the grain of pure atheism. and founder of Bloggingheads. Jerry Coyne (b. to rely on evidence and logic. while science wants you to doubt. and other prominent publications. he is a revisionist Darwinian evolutionary psychologist. He writes that “Religion wants you to believe blindly. He confesses to impatience with the New Atheists. Robert Wright (b. He runs a web site called Why Evolution Is True. and has published a bestselling book by the same name. Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny.
in ancient history from Columbia University in 2008. journals. His 2006 Traité d’athéologie (translated as Atheist Manifesto) became a sensation and elevated him onto the national stage in France. He received a Ph. both historical and systematic.D. The principal focus of his philosophical writing. Michel Onfray (b. He has also been an active promoter of atheism on the Internet. Not the Impossible Faith. author. He now runs the Naturalism as a Worldview web site. Italy. The Traité d’athéologie has been closely associated with the books of the “Four Horsemen” of the New Atheism in France. Carrier’s specialty is attacking the historicity of the New Testament. Books: Atheist Manifesto and La Puissance d’exister: Manifeste hédoniste . Diogenes of Sinope. 1969) Carrier is a historian. Books: Sense and Goodness without God. has been philosophical hedonism. Australia. and blogger. He has written more than 50 volumes of philosophy. formerly serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Internet Infidels/Secular Web site. travel. and elsewhere. He has said that he thinks it ”very probable Jesus never actually existed as a historical person” (original emphasis). 1959) Onfray is a philosopher and prolific author who teaches in the philosophy seminar at the Université Populaire de Caen (UPC). and Why I Am Not a Christian Click here for free information about Online Bachelor’s Degree in History! 21. He also participates in numerous public debates with Christians. as well as a blog. As a crusading atheist.22. and political and cultural commentary. Richard Carrier (b. He traces his philosophical lineage to the Cynic.
It has been announced that Pinker will join the faculty of the New College of the Humanities in London.” and that “Atheists are the most reviled minority in the United States. He is best known for advancing the “language instinct” hypothesis.20.” . he is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. but at various times was a serious cultural Jew. citizen. 1954) Pinker is a psychologist. Born in Montreal and a naturalized U. so it’s no small matter to come out and say it.C. He has said that “I never outgrew my conversion to atheism at 13. Grayling. linguist. and for promoting a version of Darwinian evolutionary psychology. Steven Pinker (b. the all-star university founded by A. and bestselling author.S.
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