Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Evolution and Religious Creation Myths: How Scientists Respond - Paul F. Lurquin, Linda Stone

Evolution and Religious Creation Myths seeks to educate and arm the public on the differences between myth and science, fiction and theory. The book begins with a whirlwind tour of creation stories from several religions. The authors then explore how certain forms of religious fundamentalism clash with the science of evolution. They review how creationists and intelligent design proponents misuse and misrepresent scientific terminology and conclusions to further their own agendas. How do scientists respond to this threat? Modern science, which includes a level of indeterminacy, or chance, cannot support the premise that a supernatural designer engineered nature for a particular purpose in a deterministic fashion. This holds true for the creation of the universe, the appearance of the first biological molecules, chemical evolution, and the evolution of life forms through mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift. Instead, human biological and cultural evolution is described within a genetic framework. Scientists use a barrage of genetic tests and DNA phylogenies to support the scientific basis for evolution. For anyone who has ever needed to argue why evolution and creationism are not both valid theories that deserve equal attention, this book clearly defines the difference between theory and myth. Scientists, teachers, and defenders of the truth should read this book in preparation for when they are called upon to respond. Amazon

File Size: 1.62 MB
Format: pdf

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Inside the Koran (2008)

Inside the Koran is a brave and intelligent documentary on how Islam is interpreted and practiced by Muslims in different countries and provides deep insight on the subject such as how is living inside the hijap for a Muslim woman, how is Sharia (Islamic law) practiced together with modern day bureaucracy or what does the Qur'an say about crime and punishment?

The vital portion of the program is the analysis of some layers of the oldest Qur'an ever. Even orthodox Muslims believe that the Qur'an is the ultimate and unchanging word of God. However the truth is totally different. These ancient texts do not contain distinguishing dots which mean individual words can have thirty different meanings. Moreover forensic examinations revealed the earlier texts that have been washed off and overwritten. In a nutshell the written Qur'an shows variation, words have been changed, verses and whole chapters rearranged.

After watching this stunning documentary, you may never look at the Islam same way again, if you are a moderate and rational believer.

Main topics of the program:
- The Golden AgeTolerance and Intolerance
- Islam Divided
- Crime and Punishment
- The Word of God
- Hidden Meanings
- Twenty First Century Koran

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Total Size (MB) ....: 698,85 MB
Video Length .......: 01:38:45

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Freethought Film Festival

A comment on the blog informed me of that event.

The FFFF is organizing efforts to host a Freethought Film Festival event in Tampa, Florida in November 2010. The mission of the FFFF is to promote critical thinking, reason and freedom of inquiry through the medium of film. With support from the freethinkers who consider themselves agnostic, atheist, humanist, secular humanist, rationalist, skeptic or non-traditional, we can produce a focused means through which freethought ideas can be presented to the community. Such focus and collaboration on a single project is what will make this a success. FFFF aims for the Freethought Film Festival to be an annual event.


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Friday, September 18, 2009

Putting Faith in Its Place

Richard Dawkins on The Big Questions

Richard Dawkins, religious representatives and experts discuss on the topics: "should blasphemy remain a crime?", "can we live without lying?", "should religion be only for grown-ups?"

Broadcasted on November 25th, 2007, BBC1.

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Total Size (MB) ....: 465,96 MB
Video Length .......: 00:57:10


As seen in your holy book!

Homo No More

Why do Christians insist on converting gays into heterosexuals? Maybe because they are more related to their ancient doctrines rather than scientific facts?

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution - Richard Dawkins (Audiobook + E-book)

Charles Darwin's masterpiece, "On the Origin of Species", shook society to its core on publication in 1859. Darwin was only too aware of the storm his theory of evolution would provoke but he would surely have raised an incredulous eyebrow at the controversy still raging a century and a half later. Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. In "The Greatest Show on Earth", Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of 'Intelligent Design' and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection. Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case: from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects; the 'time clocks' of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution; the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors; to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics. All of this, and much more, bears witness to the truth of evolution. "The Greatest Show on Earth" comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before, especially in America. In Britain and elsewhere in the world, teachers witness insidious attempts to undermine the status of science in their classrooms. Richard Dawkins provides unequivocal evidence that boldly and comprehensively rebuts such nonsense. At the same time he shares with us his palpable love of the natural world and the essential role that science plays in its interpretation. Written with elegance, wit and passion, it is hard-hitting, absorbing and totally convincing.

If you download this, don't forget to buy the original product afterwards, or support the Richard Dawkins Foundation.

[Ebook - epub/mobi/pdf - 53 MB]

[Audiobook - MP3,128 kbps/Unabridged/Read by the author and Lalla Ward - 801 MB]

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Moolaadé (Protection) (2004)

"I am and shall remain a bilakoro!"

In a small African village, female circumcision ritual is still practiced. Six girls escape from the brutal purification ceremonies and four of them ask for protection from Collé who is a fellow wife of a man. Collé was the only woman who had saved her daughter from being cut. She casts a spell on the fugitive girls. Only Collé can dissolve the spell and until the spell is broken no one can come closer to the children from the village.

Between Islam and ancient traditions, one woman opposes the authority, the authority of elders and the authority of husband also.

While this film is presenting a panorama of the rural African life, providing subtle messages for globalization, questioning dogma and patriarchy.

Not wrong to think that Collé becomes the first freethinker there. Guess what? She is called as Satan by the elders! (What a coincidence with the post here)

Even thinking the existence of women like Collé in somewhere in the world made a deep impact on me as an atheist.

Senegalese film director Ousmane Sembène gives a brilliant example of powerful filmmaking and the performances are unexpectedly beautiful and charming.

File Name ..........: Moolaade.2004.DVDRip.XviD.avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 699,66 MB
Video Length .......: 01:59:27
Language ......: French, Bambara
Subtitles ......: Spanish (Hard Subs), English


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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Introduction to The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

"Why's this book necessary? It's necessary because, for example, in the US some 40 percent of the population doesn't believe in evolution, believes the world was created within the last ten thousand years. That's an educational disgrace and those people, majority of them, could not possibly believe that if only they were exposed to the evidence. The purpose of my book, The Greatest Show on Earth, is to expose people to the evidence."

Richard Dawkins introduces his new book The Greatest Show on Earth that released in the UK.

Read the extracts from the book:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder - Richard Dawkins

"Science needs to be released from the lab into the culture."

Richard Dawkins' speech at Richard Dimbleby Lecture 1996. Broadcasted on November 12th, 1996, BBC1.

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Total Size (MB) ....: 292,96 MB
Video Length .......: 00:39:15
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