Via Big Think comes another series on a theme, this time of seven videos (of which four are currently available):
How do you reconcile a belief in science and a religious faith? Are modern day atheists leading a crusade of their own or will religion become more of an integral aspect of our increasingly science-based world? This special series highlights some particularly vexing issues at the intersection of religion and science. From a computer science professor who was injured by the Unabomber to an outspoken anthropologist who argues that people are religious because the act of believing in God boosts “feel good” neurochemicals in their brains, this series will challenge the ideas of believers and non-believers alike.
James Randi has shunned faith since he was a kid spending collection plate money on ice cream. “If my dad and mom are up there someplace… I ask them to forgive me.”
The Yale computer guru decries the dangerous trend of know-it-all scientists (Richard Dawkins?) telling people that “religion is trash.”
Surrounded by a puzzling and often frightening world, people from almost every culture have come to trust in the improvable and supernatural. Here Richard Dawkins remembers when he broke from this pattern.
“Reconciliation is possible” between science and faith, though it will mean defining the latter by its moral truths and not its supernatural claims.
Believing in God generates soothing “juices” in the brain that make us feel good.
The videos are mostly excerpts from larger interviews. Clicking on the speaker’s name will take you to their page where more material is available. Clicking on the titles takes you to the individual videos in this series.